Vana Vasa- The Sublime Exile

 In the middle of the journey of our life, I found myself within a forest dark, For the straightforward path had been lost. Oh, how hard it is to speak Of how wild, harsh and impenetrable that forest was, Only the thought renews my fear. So bitter that scarcely worse is death. But to discuss the good that there I found, I must tell of other things that there I glimpsed. Dante, Inferno Canto I, The Divine…

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Paradise must be gained – Havelock island

“Far from the maddening crowd”, out of the beaten tracks, a journey to the Andaman brings the traveller to the end of the world as close as possible to Paradise. But…. Paradise must be gained My friend Lisa had just come back from her trip to India and wanted to have us all over for an exotic dinner and the inevitable slide show. Both Lisa and her husband Michael are so fond of India; I believe they have…

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Through the Doors of A Culinary Heaven in SwaSwara

Food is so much talked about lately, that I am wondering if it might be a regressive trend pointing to our fears and insecurities that need to be reassured by the comforting thought of gustative satisfaction. Looking at the grim picture that the media constantly paints, it might very well be the case, however, being concerned with health and wellbeing I see it urgent to share the discovery of a culinary heaven. It is not in Paris,…

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Churu – Shekhawati’s Little Secret

Walking the quaint streets of Churu, marveling at the masterly embellished intricate frescoes, festooned massive doors and windows of the Havelis or mansions, one is forced to wonder if time has come to a standstill. Apart from the occasional motorcycle or a parked car, there is almost nothing modern in these streets. The mostly abandoned Havelis that are the signature feature of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, belonging to some very affluent migrant families stand as a…

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