An Incomplete Breakfast By The Sea

Four tiny vadas, and one sticky, steaming hot idli, eaten at a stall, sitting on a narrow bench that had turned black with dirt and grime, with just a few street kids playing across the road, and the family of three -- mother, father, son, -- taking turns at the stove, the tap, and the …

Disneyland: A Place Where Dreams Come True

While the classic Paris is something we all know -- and dream -- about, there is another, more fun part of Paris that often gets neglected. This part, a few miles off the main city, is as dreamy, as beautiful, and as classic -- in its own way. And it is called Disneyland. A place …

Flânerie: The Art of People-Watching in Paris

While people from world over go to see Paris, Paris enjoys seeing people.   People watching is serious business for Parisians. Whether it is sitting by the Seine watching the boats cruise by -- and waving at the tourists occasionally, or sipping espresso from tiny mugs while smoking cigarette after cigarette -- and smiling at …

Vienna: 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.

Glimpses of Paris

When it was built, the Eiffel Tower was a temporary exhibit and was to be taken down. But the creator, Gustav Eiffel found ways to keep the tower in use. He created a weather laboratory, a military watch tower, and a radio station atop the mammoth spire. Ultimately, the tower stayed. Such was its grandeur …

Soirée à Paris

Two days in Paris and I had not yet taken my camera out. I had been lugging it around alright, but was so awestruck that I was not sure if I should soak in the city in or take pictures. I chose the former. Then, this evening, while returning from the Seine cruise, at about …