Tidal waves of tourists washed over Old Goa that Saturday morning and soon I was walking in a trance, the rhubarb-rhubarb of their chatter forming a calming screen of white noise at the back of my head as I explored, wandered entranced and gleaned anecdotes.
In 2014, I spent more nights away from home than in five years past. The good thing: My hotel radar became keener. On the flip side, by force of habit I have taken to dialling room service from my home phone. Here’s my pick of favourite stays.
I’m posting from the road these impressions of a winter weekend spent at Kabini. Winter light, as Bergman imagined it, has that quality of breathing beauty into the frame. Oftentimes, it is convenient to yield to colour, to be seduced…
The finest examples of Pattachitra come from villages near Puri, most notably Raghurajpur. We met this young artist by sheer chance at Dakshina Chitra and he cheerfully demonstrated his craft to us.
Nothing packs pure thrill like a chopper ride over Niagara Falls. It’s only 12 minutes with Niagara Helicopters but totally action-packed. Here’s a video I shot with an iPhone 5!
Every once in a while, the India of contrasts reveals itself. Driving through Vedaranyam on a muggy afternoon in August 2013, we saw this structure. Not sure if the pinkish brick facade was intentional. On this dozey afternoon, it appeared…
Memories from a more peaceful and incident-free day at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, Canada
A morning walk in Lodi Garden takes you into the shadow of the 15th century when Delhi was about to receive the Mughal dynasty that changed its destiny
Born in Kerala, I ought to have an umbilical connection with the Malabar Coast but it is to the Coromandel Coast that I feel a stronger pull. This is the travelogue that resulted from a breathless 11-day journey from Chennai to Rameswaram, between coast and hinterland, more than one thousand kilometres.
Romantic poets are boring. But that’s because we’re not in touch with nature as they were. One skylark song made me respect Shelley. If just a little.