Category Archives: Travel

A random memory – HigginBotham’s at Madras Central

At Madras Central (or Chennai Central as you young ones call it) in the 1980s, I looked forward to buying books at HigginBotham’s. It was the beginning of the journey back home. The last 36 odd hours on a train … Continue reading

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Coal, mines and beauty

A couple of weeks back I found myself in Germany. More specifically – in Cologne. Now Germany has never been on my must-go-to map, except perhaps Berlin. There’s very little I actually know about that country. Except perhaps random pieces … Continue reading

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Trains and the landscape

What an insignificant photograph. The emptiness of the landscape swishing by as you stand near the door of the coach of the train. This is what I remember. The annoying families constantly littering peanut shells on the floor. A young … Continue reading

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Budapest, Sad Cities and Communism

Budapest is a lively city. There’s no other word for it. From the hotel room, even on a Monday night, cars seemed to be buzzing by at 2 AM. In parts, it is beautiful too. But there seems to be … Continue reading

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B for Budapest!

Budapest is beautiful. The GV Summit is on in the city, and as always there’s a huge crowd of bloggers, cyber activists and the lot from all over the world. It’s an amazing experience, to walk around the room, trying … Continue reading

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3 days in Malta

Three days in beautiful Malta. In a lovely hotel, with a huge balcony overlooking the sea (and a casino). On the first day I said something dutifully flippant like how we were mostly lucky with our vacations. As I was … Continue reading

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At Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

All this talk of birds, and the early arrival of the migratory birds to North India, prompted a visit to Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary. Compared to the usual national parks, it’s actually rather tiny. But it was a pleasure to walk … Continue reading

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A weekend in Zurich

Switzerland for the kids in India who grew up in the 80s and 90s was just this vast patch of green as captured in movies. Film after film from Bollywood suggested that the only place to honeymoon was in Switzerland. … Continue reading

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Paris thoughtlets: On cities, museums, souvenirs, fakes etc.

Like any other city driven and shaped for tourists, Paris is abundant with souvenir shops. I don’t quite know how to react to souvenirs. When I was working in India, we used to pick up local handicrafts. But over time … Continue reading

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Paris thoughtlets: Pilgrims in the City

Being in Paris, one also assumes the role of a pilgrim. You aspire to see these things that you have read about and hold close to the self. For instance, our eyes went wide with wonder at the Panthéon in … Continue reading

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Paris thoughtlets: Of Mauger Bleu and Notre Dame

I studied French as a language for close to seven years. Even if I don’t remember a spot of it now. The book that was used in school (and probably still is) was a generally defunct 1950s publication fondly called … Continue reading

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Zoo, the desert and Restlessness

I almost forgot how hot Madras gets. My cousin and I often would go to the Vandalur Zoo as one very hapless bachelor Periappa (Cousin’s uncle) got duties as babysitter. He would herd us to the zoo and we would … Continue reading

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