travel

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…

my tryst with gastronomic ecstasy

the grand ona sadya

Last weekend was Onam. One festival that is celebrates across religions and castes in Kerala, a state in the southermost part of India- also called “God’s own country (also happens to be mine!!), making it rather unique in the fractured but yet “together” society that we have in India. But just as all other festivals in India, it revolves around food! In fact the high point of this festival to celebrate bounty is the “Ona…

life in general

are we really free?

India celebrated 60 years of Independence on the 15th of August, 2007, with lots of hype and flair. Rightly so. We fought hard for it, and we deserve to celebrate the day in style. Had it not been for the pomp and show, my 6-year old would never come to know why this day is any different from any other holiday! But are we really free??        Freedom, in my mind, is the…

my tryst with gastronomic ecstasy

the beginnings of a sommelier!

My tryst with wines started really about 3 years back. I have always been a cocktail lover, though occasional port wines whenever we went on our annual pilgrimages to Goa were the norm. It started with a trip to Brussels actually. I was on work- and it was my first real travel into continental Europe- as transit in insipid airports like Frankfurt and Amsterdam (OK that’s not so insipid!)- don’t really count. I reached a…

life in general

the first two hours

I have been meaning to write for a long time. To share the many interesting two hours I have had in my life and continue to do so. Some people drift through their entire life. They do it one day at a time, one week at a time, one month at a time. It happens so gradually they are unaware of how their lives are slipping away until it’s too late. I do believe it…