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City on the Rhine

City on the Rhine

Long, long ago, they say that the city of Cologne in Germany was helped by tiny elves called Heinzelmännchen. When the people of the town went to bed, the Heinzelmännchen came along and finished up all the work like washing, cleaning and housework that had been left undone. But the ...

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Allure of Northern Lights

Allure of Northern Lights

This autumn my son and I decided to travel to northern Canada, where the First Nations people—the indigenous people of the land—met with and fought the British settlers, in the 18th and 19th centuries. Eventually, peace treaties were signed and the two co-existed somewhat peacefully. Apart from the history that ...

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A sensory feast

A sensory feast

London’s atmospheric farmers’ markets are a sensory feast. Brimming with fresh produce—fruits, vegetables, seafood, artisan breads, cheeses, juices and delicious, freshly prepared food—they also offer tastings, shopping opportunities as well as a chance to engage with passionate food producers and farmers. What’s not to love? The Berwick Street Market, Broadway ...

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Where Gods reside

Where Gods reside

Miles and miles of fluorescent green paddy fields covered in mist. A gleaming white Pagoda in the horizon. Impossibly blue skies with cotton candy clouds floating in and out of the frame. Patches of fluffy Kaash phool swaying to mild autumn breeze. And, among all this, the serpent of a ...

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Horton Plains: Anything but plain

Horton Plains: Anything but plain

My wife Madhavi and I spent a rather hectic but thoroughly enjoyable week in Sri Lanka in December. We landed in Sri Lanka, often known as the Emerald Isle of Asia, on December 16 and after spending a day and half in Colombo, the capital city, we headed to Nuwara ...

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A spiritual sojourn

A spiritual sojourn

Jerusalem is a place that evokes varied emotions and a sense of ethos like no other. Well, this place is holy not just to Jews but also Christians and Muslims. As outsiders, we may form so many opinions based on what we read and see, but I can tell you ...

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Gateway to the Western Ghats

Gateway to the Western Ghats

Shivamogga, previously known as Shimogga, is popularly nicknamed as the ‘Gateway of Malnad’. It is an ideal destination for tourists heading from Bengaluru to coastal Karnataka by road. It can also be called as the mid-point connecting the plains with the hills and seas. Located at a distance of approximately ...

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A lesson in history

A lesson in history

I am watching a red-cheeked black bear, move slowly through the crowd. He sways from side to side, shaking hands with children. He’s not any bear, but, Kumamon the bear, is the local mascot created to give an identity to the town of Kumamoto in Kyushu, Japan, when the Shinkansen ...

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Mystical sound of the duduk

Mystical sound of the duduk

The haunting notes of the duduk resonate across Armenia, a South Caucasian country with snow-cuddled Ararat mountains heaving on its horizon like stony behemoths. The unique flute crafted from apricot wood sounds like a wailing voice, its tone fleshy and pulpy, soulful and evocative. As I travelled across the country ...

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Redefining luxury

Redefining luxury

The view from our private, 10-seater Cessna plane is breathtaking. We’re cruising through cerulean skies over Thailand’s eastern seaside soaking in the blue-green expanse of the Gulf of Thailand. Untamed jungle, pristine beaches, lagoons and glistening rainforests veer into view as I train my camera lens on the landscape. Post ...

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