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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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An encounter with Al Capone at Alcatraz

An encounter with Al Capone at Alcatraz

Regulation#5: You are entitled to food, clothing, shelter and medical attention. Everything else that you get is a privilege.Regulation#30: Cellhouse Rules. Loud talking, shouting, whistling, singing, or other unnecessary noises are not permitted.Regulation#33: Dining Room Rules. Meals are served three times a day in the dining room. Do not exceed ...

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On a high

On a high

Perhaps, it’s the rarefied air… or the fact that I have arrived from sea level to over 11,000 feet. But it feels otherworldly… even like another planet… the blinding blue skies, the low-hanging fluffs of cotton candy clouds and the jagged edges of gargantuan mountains. I have always been a ...

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Life in slow motion

Life in slow motion

The home to the Habsburgs and the Opera, the abode of Gothic, Renaissance, Neo-classical and Art-deco style of architecture, the land of tortes and coffee—there is not one but many ways to describe Vienna. Touted as the most beautiful city in the world, rich in art, history, culture, music, fashion ...

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Quaint-essential charms

Quaint-essential charms

The Alps have a way to magnetise your senses and this unusual Italian hideaway with its tucked away charms cradled under the imposing, mighty Monte Bianco (Italian for Mont Blanc—the highest peak in Europe) was an excitement you will look forward to discover. Peaceful and picture perfect, Courmayeur Monte Bianco ...

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Where beauty meets history | Moscow | Russia | Travel | food

Where beauty meets history | Moscow | Russia | Travel | food

The earliest signs of human settlement near the Moscow (Moskva) site dates back to the Neolithic period. But, it was only in the 14th century that Moscow gained importance and became the capital of the Russian Federation. Even when the capital was moved to Saint Petersburg for some years, Moscow’s ...

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