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 …

Borobudur: The Hidden Treasure of Java

“If you try to look up Borobudur in the map, you may not be able to find it easily. You will find Bali, you will find Ubud, you will find Surabaya, but Borobudur is not something many people know about.” My driver tells me as he drives the coach in pitch darkness. It is barely …

A Place Called Home

I have always avoided going back to old places. By old places I mean places I have had a connection with in the past but have nothing in common with now. This holds true not only for towns and cities but also for schools, colleges, places of work, even neighbourhoods. Life however has a way …

In Birla House with Memories of the Mahatma

The Birla House, or Gandhi Smriti, stands inconspicuously among other sprawling bungalows in the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi without any trappings of an important building even though it is far more important than any of its neighbours; it is not only the house where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life, but …