Travel Journalism in India

January 24, 2012

As many of you know, I am looking for travel mags available on India. I don’t mean the new guidebook for the first time traveller to India ( for which one doesn’t need to look any further than the Lonely Planet India), but magazines and periodicals dealing with the more interior, perhaps even obscure India. […]

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Whitby Arrival….

November 19, 2011

It was raining when I arrived in Whitby. Without any warning the great Northern Cycling trail stopped in the middle of a country mud parapet, announced by a barricade. A tiny board indicated the Abbey viewpoint – at a distance, through the haze and the moistness on my goggles I could see the outlines of […]

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Notes from Turkey: Library of Celsus, Ephesus

August 26, 2011

Within the ruins, at the end of the Marble Street where it joins the sloping Curette Street lies the glorious building of the library of Celsus. Celsus was of Greek origin, but had become a Roman Consul. He had funded building the library which in its heyday was believed to house around 12000-15000 scrolls. Though […]

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Notes from Turkey: Turkish Smoking

August 26, 2011

The Turks smoke a lot. I mean a lot. Regardless of where you are, throw your gaze upon the surroundings and you would invariably find someone who is smoking. Men – young, middle aged, elderly – all smoke as if they have been cursed to do so. The Turkish tea is a habit , an […]

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Notes from Turkey : On Dying Art

August 9, 2011

Somewhere in the famous Ways of Seeing John Berger argues that once an object is presented as a work of art, the way in which it is perceived by people becomes more about the learnt assumptions regarding the art than the object itself. So in essence, it would be hardly about the object itself  and […]

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June 1, 2011

Just as you have returned from a holiday, you start planning another. The mesmerising of wonder of travel- defining by experience so unique, yet so very same.

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Notes From India 2011

April 16, 2011

The first minute in India. A few Russians clap and sing along as the plane makes a screeching landing, it is as if they have finally arrived at the land of their long beckoning. A desi returning home – most likely an engineer who was away on a project, in his excitement loudly shouts to […]

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All nostalgia is deceit

June 29, 2009

I lived in Stoke for a brief time . A time, when I  was curious, yet was long way away from being discerning. It was a time when I was fed up of London ; I was sick and tired of the tubes and giving directions to Japanese and American tourists. Stoke was a welcome […]

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Chennai: Arrival

September 4, 2008

I arrived in Chennai at six in the morning, half an hour before schedule, to the city waking up to the chirps of birds and  bawls of the morning vendors. The ochre glow of the dawn had started trickling through the sky. The new CMBT bus stand was a remarkable improvement than my memories of […]

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Hampi: Notes on Departure

August 29, 2008

I left Hampi on a Volvo 9400, a symbol of the liberalization that transformed the landscape of South India. Sturdy and elegant, it stood out in an otherwise unremarkable bus station. What Volvo did to Road Transport system of South India is a bit of unsung story.  Before Volvo started its operations in 2001, access […]

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