[3 Jul 2015 | 25 Comments | ]

It is a longish wait at the baggage belt at Macau ferry terminal. After collecting our luggage we move towards the arrival hall, scanning the area for someone with a placard. We had booked to stay at the Manadarin Oriental for our special vacation! A smart young man with the placard introduces himself politely as Manadrin Oriental’s Reception staff and says the vehicle is ready to ferry us to the hotel. We decide to change some currency at the post office situated in the terminal building and get in to the huge and comfortable van.

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A short drive and (more…)


Tags: Macau · Review · Stay

[25 Jun 2015 | 46 Comments | ]

It is not always that I like to boast. :D

Very rarely.

But a little bit of it gives you positive energy, they say. There are times when you want to share good news with your so many unseen fellow readers and friends.

Its happy news time again. I have been interviewed by Times World Travel Magazine by Bennett & Coleman! It is about ‘Independent Women Travelers’.

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It is a cover story and (more…)


Tags: General

[21 Jun 2015 | 16 Comments | ]

What is common between Yoga, Milk and Honey?

We all know that Yoga knows no boundaries and is practiced all over the world. However when I came to know that Israel, the land of milk and honey, as it is called in scriptures, is big on Yoga, I was quite surprised. The traditional practice of yoga has seen numerous variations. Sometime back I had written about Yoga in Israel and had promised to write about the various types of Yoga in practice there, in addition to the classic form.
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While Yoga in India is (more…)


Tags: Israel

[19 Jun 2015 | 6 Comments | ]

Come Ramzan (Ramadan) and it’s a festive mood around us. There are many countries where it is a time of great celebration, something like carnival atmosphere, with trees, mosques and homes in towns are decorated with lights.

The followers of Islam in India, Malaysia, Turkey and other parts of the world fast during the daylight hours of the month long festival of Eid-ul-Fitr or Ramadan maintaining their self-resistance towards their needs and urges. Come evening, they break their fast with mouth watering dishes in this holy month with much gusto.

Today on this occasion I take you to Turkey through pictures.

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Famous mouth watering Baklava, impossible to resist. (more…)


Tags: Cappadocia · Istanbul · Turkey

[14 Jun 2015 | 18 Comments | ]

There is no top. There are always further heights to reach.
– Jascha Heifetz

We get down at the Kowloon MTR station and follow the signs for Sky100. It appears that we are in the huge Elements Mall, housing World’s premium outlets like Prada, Gucci and the likes.

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Only yesterday, (more…)


Tags: Hong Kong

[7 Jun 2015 | 24 Comments | ]

As I stand at the rim of Tangkuban Parahu, the legend unfolds in front of me. A single mother Dayang Sumbi who lived in West Java, cast away her son Sangkuriang for disobedience. Son went to a faraway place. Saddened by her actions, the beautiful woman was also worried about her future. Looking at her sadness the Gods granted her the power of eternal youth.

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Time passed, (more…)


Tags: Bandung · Indonesia

[29 May 2015 | 40 Comments | ]

Not only in airplane but bus, car, train … I love my window seat and I would probably sulk if I do not get a window seat. Vasu knows it very well and when we travel together, he doesn’t even utter a word about taking that seat or looking out of window!

So as usual, while going to Indonesia, I had reserved window seats for all four sectors. I was flying Mumbai-KL-Bandung and took the same route for return journey.

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Clouds were playing (more…)


Tags: Bandung · Indonesia