Are you a Nineties Child?

Did you grow up in the nineties? The nineties was a good time to have lived in. Internet had just been invented, but of course we didn’t have email accounts then. Orkut and Facebook were nowhere near being born. One had limited access to television. A romantic movie meant Shahrukh Khan. Sundays mornings began with(…)

Malana Diaries – Chapter 2 - Foreigners ka Show???

Our story began in the first chapter of Malana diaries with a shady innkeeper. You would recall we had stealthily slipped away from Local Hero’s lodge after catching him in his underpants. After that we trekked for an hour. Running. Looking back to see for pursuing SUVs. Nibbling on oranges. Fishing for sunscreen in bags.Trying(…)

It takes two to Tango

The first time I heard the word Argentina was while my father was watching a football match on our fourteen inch television, and I was sitting under his arm trying to do what men did. Watch the game I mean, not admire his armpits. They were running, all of them, in their striped white and(…)

The Fabulous Fests of February

After a stony cold winter, February marks the beginning of Spring, as good a time as any to take off and experience some good ol’ culture. We’ve compiled a list of the best fests this February guaranteed to awaken all your senses. Carnivals Galore King Momo has declared the games open! It Mardi Gras, get(…)

The Whirling Dervishes: Tales from Turkey

The lights dim. Men dressed in black robes and tall headdress  walk to the wooden center stage. They take a bow.  The men  with musical instruments step back and settle down with their instruments. The dervishes or the dancers settle down perpendicular to the players. One dervish remains standing. Like the rest he has arms(…)

The Forgotten Minaret

The sound of galloping horses still haunt the gorges that once stood proudly on the banks of the still Hari Rud river. What was once upon a time regarded as the greatest city of the middle ages, The City of the Turqoise Mountain - Firuzkuh (Western Afghanistan), became lost to history in the year of(…)

One Night at the Chowmallah Palace

  The 11th Conference of Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity has seen the host city Hyderabad get a facelift. Overnight, roads have been paved, widened and marked. Sculptures seem to have grown from the earth and colours of green, blue and yellow have merged themselves into artistic outlets to mask the graffiti alongside(…)