Book Review: Himalayan Bus Plunge and Other Stories From #Nepal

I tell her that being in Kathmandu is ‘like being in a museum, a video game and an impossibly crowded street — all at the same time.’ There might be a better description for Kathmandu but this one fits in perfectly. Rupert Wolfe- Murray wrote Himalayan Bus Plunge and other stories from Nepal when he…

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The Call From the Mountains- Himalayan Books Part II

The longing for the mountains are real. There is nothing that can call you from the  farther away than a mountain. They communicate telepathically with the souls they connect with. They were here long before the humans evolved-they have seen it all- from the frozen oceans to the melting glaziers, they know this world better…

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Korma, Kheer & Kismet took me back to the streets of Old Delhi

Once I took a travelling friend from another city to the Old Delhi for sightseeing (or just eating!). After taking the metro from Central Secretariat we reached the Chawadi Bazar station. The sight after we exited the metro station was so different than what  we had left behind. At Central Secretariat, the view of the…

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Almost living the dream with Tattva #Kathmandu

” You are living the dream man !” That is what I said to my friend Uday whose cafe and Bed & breakfast, Tattva- Bistro and bar,  is now open for business. A month before the earthquake that shuttered Nepal, I was in Kathmandu catching up with my family and friends. During this visit, I…

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Book Review: Down and Out in Paris & London

What’s not to love about George Orwell’s Down & Out in Paris and London. Yes, it’s written by George Orwell, I know, how can it go any wrong. And pay attention to the tittle: It says  down and out- three words enough to say that it book have enough things to remember it by. And…

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Travel Diary: Fort, Kochi

It was Sunday and the Maritime Museum was closed. Well, that was my plan for the Sunday in Kochi: Museum, Churches, Art Gallerias and beach. I know, it sounds bit clique but the Lonely Planet magazine suggested me that Kochi is one place where I can do old timers traveling and I could not resist…

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Book Review: Nine lives by William Dylarmple

I had 2 motivations to read the book. One, with this book, I would complete all the book length works contributed by the William Dylarmple (later I realized that I have not read The Age of Kali yet) and another was, my book challenge of reading at least 12 books in 2014 based in India. As…

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Book Review: In Xanadu, A Quest by William Dalrymple

Recently, while browsing through a book store, I found “In Xanadu: A Quest” by William Dalrymple, and wondered that being a fan of his work, how did I not read one of his earliest work? Without wasting any further thought, I bought the book and not for a second, I was disappointed with it. As…

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#Travel: Make most of Indian Towns

If your work takes you places around India, then there must be moment,  that you are stuck in the unknown town with no company at all. Towns may lack the excitement of the city but for the curious mind, has a lot to offer. If you run out of ideas, here are my suggestions  to make most…

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Salugara Monastery- The Zen of a noisy City

An otherwise dull and noisy place, Siliguri (West Bengal, India) also  offers some traces of peace and zen. A city famous for trade and commerce, it is geographically blessed and is surrounded by beautiful hill stations like Darjeeling, kalimpong, karseong and Gangtok. However if you are here for some work for few days (like me)…

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