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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Bidding Farewell to the Elephant-headed God

India’s relationship with its festivals can be addictively joyous, even when it involves symbolically bidding farewell to the gods. Every year around late August, early September, India celebrates the mythical birth of the elephant-headed god, Ganesha on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. At any occasion, He is the first to receive oblations as the remover of hurdles in one’s path. Prayers, rituals, food, revelry ensue as homes and communities welcome him on the earth in various shapes,…

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