Four essential experiences to savour in Chettinad

Four essential experiences to savour in Chettinad

Karaikudi, in the arid heart of Tamil Nadu, is home to the Nattukottai Chettiars, the Nagarathar of Chettinad. Don’t miss these experiences when you visit


How to put a camel on a plate

How to put a camel on a plate

Meat me in Salalah, the camel said to me in a pre-dawn dream. It was no pun but a presentiment. Ever since I first set foot in Arabia in 2011, I’ve been curious to know what camel tasted like. On my…


Hand to Mouth – Foraging in Australia (Outlook Traveller, September 2015)

Hand to Mouth – Foraging in Australia (Outlook Traveller, September 2015)

Forage is the active verb in the Australia’s food lexicon. To celebrate the source, to hand-pick the ingredients, to experience the making and enjoyment of food


The best of the bestiary

The best of the bestiary

Since January 2014, I’ve inked nearly a hundred cartoons for Arathi Menon’s amazing Wednesday series ‘Nothing Beastly About It’. Here’s a gallery of favourites from the bestiary


Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s hits and misses

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s hits and misses

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, India’s Missile Man, went on to become a most accessible and inspirational figure as President of India from 2002 to 2007. While we celebrate him, we must not overlook his errors of omission and commission.


At Oorani, meeting the Goddess of the Last Forest

At Oorani, meeting the Goddess of the Last Forest

Why all this fuss about a sacred grove? The one at Oorani near Puducherry is actually a fragment of forest, arguably the last surviving example of its kind in the region. This unique forest ecosystem now goes by the name, Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest (TDEF).


Fragrant Saga – Salalah’s historic frankincense trail

Fragrant Saga – Salalah’s historic frankincense trail

In Salalah, southeastern Oman, marvel at how Biblical kings and ancient civilizations bowed to the frankincense tree


Sipping gin on Kangaroo Island

Sipping gin on Kangaroo Island

A new gin craze, powered by Australian indigenous botanicals, is bubbling up Down Under. Kangaroo Island Spirits is leading the charge.


Must-have icewine at Niagara-on-the-Lake

Must-have icewine at Niagara-on-the-Lake

Icewine with a warm heart – the story of Inniskillin at Niagara-on-the-Lake


Why Singapore’s Marina Barrage inspires respect

Why Singapore’s Marina Barrage inspires respect

To a visitor, the vast stretch of water that is Marina Barrage appears to be little more than a playground and leisure spot. After all, it offers a stellar view of Marina Bay, with the leisure resort of Marina Bay Sands, the Float at Marina Bay and the Singapore Flyer. Don’t be misled by the picnicking families, anglers and kite-fliers. Marina Barrage is much more. It is Singapore’s fifteenth reservoir and its most ambitiously conceived technological solution to its water woes.