Vienna: How to Explore World’s Most Beautiful City

Walking through Vienna is a bit like walking into the pages of a fairy-tale, as horses and carriages trot past ornate palaces, baroque churches, and gilded concert halls, you are transported into a world you have only imagined so far. The city centre is bursting with Imperial history, museums showcase some of the world’s finest …

Ghent: What to See, How to Reach, Where to Feast.

Ghent is often referred to as the hidden treasure of Belgium. A lesser-known university town, which is often overlooked in elaborate itineraries, happens to be an electric blend of traditional and modern.

How mental Illness can drive you to the edge, and also make you jump off it.

As a new mother I went through a hard time coming to terms with my changed life and before I knew the happy gratified person was replaced by a permanently distressed woman. Only if I had known it was PPD and seen a therapist then, I would not have suffered for close to a decade. …

El Chico — Of Food, Friendship and Memories

If you’re in Allahabad, then you need to visit El Chico at least once. The restaurant’s range of eat treats is sure to bring you back. In 1964, a young man named Ganesh Rai went on a world tour. Among the many things he brought back with him, was the love for the café culture …

Paris: The Moveable Feast

A group of young men and women dressed in running gear practiced diligently on a quiet street, cheering each other loudly. The street was empty but for the odd vehicle that silently passed by. The sun had started to set, casting its golden glow on the athletes and the surroundings; the sky, meanwhile, turned a …

On Finding the Easter Eggs and the child within

I first saw Easter Eggs when I was about nine. We were in Allahabad at the time and father had brought this fancy  large egg. It was white and it was hard, made with sugar, perhaps. The surface was beautifully  decorated with intricate pink detailing of bows and ribbons, flowers and leaves. To the middle …

Eating Pakodis in the land of Laal Maas.

It is almost noon and the Badi Chaupad is as busy as it gets. Two-wheelers, autos, buses, cars, rickshaws and e-rickshaws are at loggerheads with each other; pedestrians and cyclists jostle for space. Shops overflow with fabric, garments, shoes, bangles, utensils, and of course shoppers. In short, there is chaos all over. But somewhere in …

Bruges: A Fairytale Land Like None Other

If fairytales were real, they would have been set in Bruges. And if they weren’t, they’d come alive after witnessing the beauty of Bruges. “Since there are so many of you on the boat, I should tell you that Bruges has become very popular with the Indian tourists for the past few years, since a …