Thursday, April 26, 2018

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22 Apr 2018

A many splendoured city

22 Apr 2018 | 1:26 AM

Nothing prepares you for Varanasi! No matter how much you may read up about it — on blogs, in travel or history books and see in documentaries and movies, but Varanasi will take you by surprise.

15 Apr 2018

Stepping out

15 Apr 2018 | 1:54 AM

For many, reaching the San Francisco International Airport many hours before the official check-in time of the flight can be a rewarding experience. The reason is clear: it is home to many open museums and exhibitions which passengers can explore for free.

Bare walls turn vibrant canvas

15 Apr 2018 | 1:54 AM

Back in the 1980s till the 1990s, Wynwood in Miami was synonymous with drugs, crime and prostitution. Decades later, this once-forlorn patch of Miami, which was primarily known as a working class district inhibited by Puerto Ricans, is a street art bombed neighbourhood.

08 Apr 2018

Where time gets Tangled

08 Apr 2018 | 2:17 AM

The first step into Changzhou in China, and one finds yesterdays and tomorrows jumbled into a big knot. In Trina Solar’s 5 sq km space, the sun races into the future.

The green & blue of Black Forest

08 Apr 2018 | 2:17 AM

The Black Forest in Germany is as alluring as memories of the delicious cream and cherry-filled cake on those special occasions.

01 Apr 2018

Pearl of the Middle East

01 Apr 2018 | 12:40 AM

In a large 1,300-seater theatre, darkness is broken by a sudden gush of what seems like millions of gallons of water, cascading from beyond the eye’s line of vision.

A spirited celebration

01 Apr 2018 | 12:40 AM

Chicago, which was the city of muddy streets and wooden sidewalks in the first half of the 19th century, was razed by a mysterious 24-hour-long fire on October 8, 1871, killing no less than 300 persons, and almost rendering a third of the city’s population homeless.

25 Mar 2018

A literary luncheon

25 Mar 2018 | 1:08 AM

“Good prose is like a window pane” — these words by George Orwell have inspired the works of writers ever since he penned them. In Bikaner, the artistic, vibrant, and downright-stunning Narendra Bhawan, done up as an ode to Narendra Singhji, the last reigning Maharaja of Bikaner, takes this quote a notch higher: in this case, replacing the said “windowpane” with a plate.

The mystic of Landour

25 Mar 2018 | 1:08 AM

A steep four to five km drive from Mussoorie brought us to Landour, a British raj relic, draped by an old-fashioned aura, with numerous colonial-era bungalows with slanting roofs, brick arches, and stone walls, and silence that was interrupted only by the gusts of invigorating cold breezes.

18 Mar 2018

‘Same, same but different’

18 Mar 2018 | 1:01 AM

The absence of honking is striking. More so, when you are stuck in an infrequent traffic jam on way to Ubud from the Denpasar International Airport.

11 Mar 2018

Stumbling through the Amazon

11 Mar 2018 | 2:16 AM

It is hush hour in the Amazon jungle, where a tentative twilight before dawn casts ghostly shadows and silhouettes on the vegetation all around.

Take a walk in the reef

11 Mar 2018 | 2:16 AM

Look what I found?” asked Mustak Mepani, who has been organising marine and birding trips in Gujarat for the past 15 years. The Shinde sisters eagerly looked at the Pufferfish that Mustak had scooped up gently from the seabed.

04 Mar 2018

Between hope and despair

04 Mar 2018 | 2:17 AM

A few days before Anne Frank turned 13, she had pointed to an ‘autograph’ book in the display window of a store in Amsterdam while on a stroll with her father.