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two hours in zurich

One equates Switzerland with precision, efficiency and beauty. When I landed in Zurich, that was what I was welcomed with. But what I wasn’t prepared for was the juxtaposed medieval past right in the heart of the financial capital. It was drizzling mildly when I came out of the airport, and was told by my Swiss friend who received me, that it has been pouring the night before with winds at speeds that could blow…

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of skiing and Klosters…

One of the learnings I had during my recent visit to Davos is that if people have plans to visit Davos during the World Economic Forum, they need to be of one of these two kinds- be on the Forum’s special invitee list, or be a master organizer, of the kind who plans months in advance- in order to ensure that they get a decent place to stay which is within commuting distance from the…

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Of hot saunas, warm hearts and cold winds…

I arrived in Helsinki around noon and seeing the airport almost devoid of people almost shocked me. In the last few years, serpentine queues for security and teeming millions trying to jostle for space in almost every major airport in the world, not to especially mention the chaos in New Delhi and the total lack of respect in London Heathrow. Besides, the complete lack of security checks did make me wonder for a moment if…

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sights, darkness and smells in Hamburg

So I landed in Hamburg yesterday, on the invitation on my German friend who leads an initiative called the Dialog in the Dark. More about that later, but in this post, I want to share my first two hours in Hamburg and first impressions As I landed, there was this brusque looking guy (policeman, I was told by him, but I couldnt say that from his smart tweed jacket and jeans). He stopped me at…

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Two hours in Chandni Chowk

It’s a name that I have been hearing since I was a little girl growing up in suburban Delhi. Chandni Chowk. It wasn’t until I was 20 when I first visited this amazing labyrinth-like market sub town but have hazy memories of being rushed with a long shopping list for a friend’s wedding. I finally got an opportunity to visit this almost mythical (at least in my mind!) place last weekend…a trip much unplanned and…