UNESCO World Heritage: A Story of Life and Love

Nothing I had read, or heard had prepared me for Khajuraho. It is not hard to imagine a temple town in India: take a few ancient sandstone temples, fill them up with religious crowds, add a handful of foreign tourists; line its streets with cheap hotels, dot its squares with beggars and touts; finish off …

UNESCO World Heritage Week: Getting Lost in Brugge.

Ride a bike along the canals lined with world heritage buildings, gorge on home made fries, wash them down fresh beer, and follow it up with world’s best chocolate. Getting lost in the oldest city of Flanders is not without its perks. Climb the belfry, ride into the middle ages on a horse drawn carriage …

UNESCO World Heritage Week: Prambanan.

There are many ways to learn about history – reading history books, studying about the subject, watching videos and documentaries – but there is only one way to experience history, and that is by being in places where history was made and being a history buff, I often find myself in places where history was …

UNESCO World Heritage Week: Borobudur, A Hidden Gem in the Heart of Java.

It is still dark when we arrive at a resort close to the temple. A bright reception welcomes us and a lady promptly hands over torches to everyone — we are supposed to walk the rest of the distance.

This Diwali Cut Lose Your Demons

Some weeks ago I cut my hair really short. Well, not that short by most standards, but short enough for me to take another look at the mirror to ensure it was me that I was looking at. My mother always had long, straight lustrous hair. She usually kept it tied up either with a …

This Mental Health Week, Learn How To Tame Your Mind

It happens so quietly that you cannot prepare for it, and before you know, you are enveloped in its grip so tight that escaping seems impossible. So what does one do? Does one sit in a corner with the head bowed, eyes shut, and arms tightly wrapped, waiting for it to leave, or does one …

Stranded In A Food Haven

What do you do when you find yourself stuck at a railway station with a first class ticket but no train? You eat. Well that’s what I did. I am supposed to be on my way to Shantiniketan this morning but my train has been diverted and I have had to get off barely forty …

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 …