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There is a lot for passengers to do when their luxury liners stop at Kochi

In 1341 AD, the floods in river Periyar silted the mouth of the harbour at Kodungallur and blocked it, but they also prised open a gap that became the natural seaport of Cochin. This opened up the floodgates of change, and the seaport brought in trade and cosmopolitanism. Today, Cochin ...

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Onboard the Nefertiti, a luxury cruise ship for domestic travellers

When the Nefertiti sailed into Kochi, people lining the channel believed the Kochi art biennale had arrived. In swirls of colours, with deep-blue peacocks and pink mermaids on its bow, she was a sight to behold. A luxury cruise ship, inducted by Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation (KSINC), it ...

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‘We have to think of tomorrow,’ urges activist and filmmaker Gary Bencheghib

Looking back on his career as an activist and documentary filmmaker so far, Gary Bencheghib has a lot to humble-brag about — or even just straight up brag. On his way to India to speak at 2018’s INKtalks in the city, he has quite a unique story to tell, and ...

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Love never ages – The Hindu

When my mother, Supriya Cheriyan casually mentioned to me that she had not seen the Taj Mahal, I was astounded. My mother modelled for her first TV commercial at 87. She drove her car until she was 90. Shot a music video at 91 and acted in The Little Theatre’s ...

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Around the country with a paintbrush

“He didn’t like people to see him when he painted. He always painted alone with his assistant,” recalls translator and writer Antony Peattie, of his old friend and companion, the noted British painter Sir Gordon Howard Eliot Hodgkin. “He didn’t like the idea of the ‘creative process’ being more important ...

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Cmdr Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy looks back on his historic voyage on the INSV Mhadei

The strong tidal currents of the Arabian Sea barely move the green sludge that skirts the Gateway of India. Built in 1911 to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary, the Indo-Saracenic arch is crowded with tourists and pigeons. On April 6, 2013, at this Raj-era monument ...

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Ghost towns still haunt Spain in property rebound a decade after | travel

Juan Velayos’s biggest headache these days is getting licenses fast enough to hand over new homes such as the upscale condos his company is building in the northern suburbs of Madrid. Less than 60 miles away, Ricardo Alba’s neighbourhood tells a different story about Spain’s property market. The fencing instructor ...

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20 inside pics of the royal palace where Priyanka Chopra will marry Nick Jonas | travel

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas just reunited. The singer ditched New York and flew all the way to Delhi — where Priyanka is busy shooting for Sonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink — and met up with his bride-to-be and her family for a lavish Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. In ...

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Make the best of Delhi winter with this guide | travel

The oh-so-famous Dilli ki Sardi has started to set in. One can feel the nip in the air, the happiness that warmth of the winter sun brings, and the romance that cold nights evoke. It’s a great time to head out, and enjoy great food, interesting events or simply a ...

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The Dubliners: when statues tell stories

Oscar Wilde “Fun, unfortunately, is so much fun.” I am at a corner of Merrion Square Park, Dublin, beside myself with excitement. Not just because it is a bright sunny day with blue skies and there are cobbled streets everywhere, but because Oscar Wilde just called me. Yes, that is ...

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