Mughal Gardens — A Spring Tradition

Thousands of tulips, hundreds of lilies, beds full of roses, and acres of dahlias – if there is one place that defines spring, it is the Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Inspired by the Mughal Gardens of Kashmir, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, these gardens have been ushering in spring in the capital for decades. …

Flying Air India, or Shopping in a Seconds sale?

Travelling in air India is like shopping at a seconds sale. You walk into the shop knowing you're going to buy a compromised product, but you are happy nonetheless because the white shirt that you had wanted so badly, will, perhaps, be within your budget now. Even though it may have some insignificant flaws. It's …

Beauty

She never thought she was ugly, on the contrary, she believed herself to be charming and pretty. Her belief lent her a poise and grace that was not easy to find in girls her age. She often admired herself -- the long slender fingers, the curvy eyelashes, the little button nose, Her eyes, she thought, …

New Year, New Trends: Where to travel and what to do in 2019

Move over predictable itineraries, it is time create new, off-beat experiences Luxury at the beach. The first image that comes to mind when you think of a beach is that of crowds jostling for space. But what if you could have the whole beach to yourself? Imagine long stretches of soft sand and never ending …

Dum Pukht Begum’s, An Aristocratic Culinary Journey in Hyderabad

The first thing that catches the eye is the crystal chandelier; amethyst couches and gilded candle-stands are next, and, by the time you enter the carpeted hall, resplendent with arches and columns, china and crystals, you are certain that you are in an aristocratic Nizami home, but then, Dum Pukht Begum’s is no less than …

#metoo, even though I wish I could say #notme

#Metoo So what if not in workplace. Every woman I know has a #metoo. It ought to stop. Now.

That Girl In Muddy Boots

I have been thinking long and hard. I have read through every #metoo post that has appeared on my timeline in the last few days. I have felt the pain in each of them, I have understood the anger behind every story, and, needless to say, I see myself or someone I know in all of them. Even though I always knew molestation, harassment, and sexual abuse is rampant, these stories have filled me with a deep sense of helplessness. Or should I say fatigue?

Fatigue of fighting all the time. Fatigue of watching my back every second of the day. Fatigue of looking at every man with suspicion. Fatigue of checking on the eye and hand movements of every friend and relative who is close to me, my sister, my daughter, my niece, my friend, my cousin…

I was never taught to stay quiet about the wrong that was…

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My Bond with Ruskin Bond

Have you ever wept while reading a book? Not because you have fallen in love with the hero and he is dead, or because the heroine has cancer and she may not live – but, because the words have touched your soul. Have you sobbed after a book has ended? Have you ever agonized over …

BAT Travels — Travel Partners to India’s Visually Impaired.

Early in June 2018, a group of travellers got together to explore Sikkim. Their itinerary for the holiday included monastery visits, trekking, zip lining, tea tasting, forest trails, and climbs at the Nathula Pass. Pretty regular for any trip to the state, except that the group wasn’t regular – one-third of them could not see. …