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An Indian Affair to Remember!

She was on a month-long visit to India, and Mumbai was her first stop. Though jet-lagged, the lady tourist exulted that she had finally arrived in exotic India! Her father … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Love’s Labour is not Lost!

The dust of many years of travel coats us like a second skin but it’s the encounters with people we have met on our journeys that linger in memory. Some … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

Coming Home to Jamilah

  A tsunami of greetings in Malay washed over us and we almost fell backwards in surprise. We had come home – home to Jamilah Binti Yasin, a 62-year-old Malay … Continue reading

August 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Wild & Wacky Gold Coast

The Aussies love their Gold Coast to death. We fell in love with it too! Our week-long trip was an explosion of activities… We caught and munched on crabs; climbed … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · 3 Comments

Oil’s Well in Puglia

  In sunny untouched south-eastern Italy (in the heel of what is called the Italian boot), languidly spreads a region studded with charming towns, baroque cathedrals and basilicas, luxuriant vineyards … Continue reading

May 1, 2014 · 3 Comments

Turkish Airlines: Way to Go!

We love the part in the movie Mr Bean when the normally tongue-tied protagonist, prone to corny antics, thumbs his nose at Economy Class passengers as he swaggers to his … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Battle of the Bulge, Parsi style

 ‘Jamva Chalo Ji!’ “Dinner is served” is more than just a Parsi wedding cliché: it is a rallying battle cry. When the call is given by the master of ceremonies, … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Lucy, the Truffle Hunter

Lucy, her velvet coat of white with licks of brown glowing in the sun, chose to ignore us. She bounded out from the back of a pickup van and set … Continue reading

January 19, 2014 · 4 Comments

A Big Fat Punjabi Wedding

The drums rolled like claps of thunder and a collective shudder raked the group of dancers. With both arms raised, index fingers pointing heavenwards, we followed the moves – jiggling … Continue reading

December 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

Behind Bars in Bollywood

A smarmy politician was being heckled by the electronic media and mikes were being thrust in his face, with news persons shouting agitatedly: “Kyu Kyu (Why? Why?).” Apparently, the politician … Continue reading

June 15, 2013 · 1 Comment