That Tailor By The Dustbin

I see them every afternoon while I wait outside the gate for the girls. They sit under a tree, just a few feet away from two large garbage drums. The drums were not there when they had first come in, they were placed there much later. By then, I suppose, it was too late for …

A little story of a little dumpling.

The only time I had eaten a momo before I came to Delhi was in a small roadside shop enroute Gangtok in 1998. We had been driving on zig-zag roads for hours after a 2-day train journey and were famished. Those were not the days of packaged food or fancy Rajdhani trains that served five …

9 Things to do in Vienna.

Waltz to the tunes of the royal Opera, sample chocolate cake at an Old World café, and marvel at the indomitable Gothic Cathedrals in the heart of town. Tiptoe through Palaces and Residences of the Habsburgs, be dazzled by the crown jewels at the Imperial Treasury, catch a snack at the underground coffee shops, or …

A Journey to the end of the Indian Subcontinent.

The sea sprays a generous sprinkle of salt water on my feet even as tiny fish wriggle in the clear current underneath. The wide canvas in front of me displays shades of blue I did not know existed; a lone ship at the horizon completes the perfect picture. As I stand at the edge of …

Things to do in Prague: Celebration Special

Czechoslovakia declared itself independent from the Austro-Hungarian Empire on 28th October 1918. Even though it was only the beginning many other struggles—occupation by Nazi Germany, Soviet Rule, and the Velvet Revolution—the date remains significant for the Czechs. The city celebrates its 100th year of independence this month and the celebrations are planned on a grand …

Bratislava: The Little Big City

Set along the Danube, corralled with thick wilderness and rich farmlands, Bratislava is a little known town that hides big experiences – a trait that has helped it earn the title of the Little Big City. After being the poor cousin of Prague for a long time, Bratislava came on its own in 1993 when …

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. …

The Emerald Mile: From Bhedaghat to Dhuandhar Falls

“Do you see that gigantic face there? We call it India’s very own Mount Rushmore. And that sadhu on the top – he was in samadhi for so long that he turned into stone himself. These cars, which seem to have fallen off the cliff, are most famous by the way, as is Bandar Kudni, …