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Crossing the border into Laos, first stop: Vientiane

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Our long bus journey started in Hanoi, in a sleeper bus of ok quality. I had no idea how long it would take and hence I decided to kill the time by sleeping as much as I could. Next day, early morning at around 5, our bus took a long halt. Getting up to see what was going on, I saw a number of buses and trucks on a muddy track, surrounded by green mountains and ever-present mist. Finally, our driver announced that it was the border crossing checkpoint! We got down of the bus, passports in hands, looking for…

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MEZZO MEZZO – MEZZOGIORNO Delights by Chef Davide Cananzi

Food

  For a vegetarian, to sample authentic South Italian cuisine, at the hands of a renowned chef from the Mariott stable, is in itself an education in cuisine appreciation.  Especially an interactive, sharp, experienced and sensitive chef, like Davide Cananzi (pronounced David with an E, if you will). From his attention to detail, his sharp culinary insight, his sharing of his experiences -to being a brilliant host for the evening, it was a pleasure to know, understand and sensitise to the flourishing and yummy Mezzogiorno cuisine. A motley group of foodies makes for very interesting, varied and deep conversation not…

Virupaksha Temple at Hampi – An Architectural Marvel

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The Virupaksha temple is one of the most important structures located amongst the ruins at Hampi. Hampi is about  12kms from the town of Hospet in Karnataka State.  Hospet is about 419 kms from Bangalore by train. The ruins of Hampi have been accorded the status of the UNESCO World Heritage site and are under the protection and maintenance of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The temple has surprisingly survived destruction in the hands of the invaders since the battle of Talikota in the 16th century when many of the monuments were systematically destroyed or defaced by the invading armies.  Today,…

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February 9, 2016

Searching for the Heart – Day 1

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“Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.” This quote by notable economist E. F. Schumacher summarizes how a group of enthusiastic explorers set out to find a path to reach a water body only seen by eye in the sky – a satellite. “Where Eagles Dare” is a group of people who like to take adventure to the next level in the form of high altitude hikes, walking and riding on ice and being the laps of Himalayas in the most unusual seasons. Browsing through Google Earth, group founder Tilak Soni…

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A day in the imperial city of Hue, Vietnam

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Palaces, temples, pagodas, royal tombs, culture and cuisine. This is what “Hue” is famous for and attracts numerous tourists every year. Our bus from Hoi An took about 4 hours to reach Hue and immediately we were surrounded by touts telling us about cheap hotels. Checking into the cheapest hotel we could find, we set off on foot to explore the town in the evening. You are always hungry in Vietnam and so first thing we found was a decent restaurant serving vegetarian food. The restaurant had an imperial splendour and food served was straight out of royal cuisine. The…

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Photographer of the Week : Sangeeth Sivan

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This week, we interviewed, Mumbai based photographer , Sangeeth Sivan. Thank you so much for taking time out to speak with us! Please tell us a little about yourself. Dad, Sivan, is a self taught photographer from a small village Haripad, Alleppey, Kerala. He slowly worked his way up from scratch, and built Sivan’s Studio about 54 years back. He soon forayed into Films and has also produced and directed films in malayalm and is a National Award Winner for Best Cinematography B & W for the film Yagom, produced by my Mother. Dad married Mom very young and she…

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Ganesh Temples at Hampi.

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Hampi -“The Lost World” or “The Lost Empire “or “The World Forgotten” whichever way you call it the place is replete with structures of amazing architectural beauty that defies description. Had been to Hampi to see the magnificent structures and the architecture of the Vijaynagara Empire now spread over an area of approximately 350. sq. kms. It would be impossible to cover this place in a matter of a few days that we spent there. This is a World Heritage site and thanks to the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) who is maintaining and guarding this place assiduously.  Had it…

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7 Cures For People Suffering From Wanderlust

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We all suffer from a chronic case of wanderlust at some point in our life. The middle ages when you are struggling to make a mark in the rat race your mind is forever dreaming of places that you want to travel to and you have the constant desire to pack up and go anywhere in the world. This lust for wanderlust makes it unnecessarily difficult to fall in love with one place. We often daydream of places that we have never been to, thinking of adventures in the far flung regions of the world. The solution to wanderlust involves…

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India Bike Week 2014

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Over the 17th-19th weekend, Vagator Goa was a really loud place. With more than 5000 bikes gathered together  from across the country, India Bike Week 2014 was a spectacle which literally never stopped revving. Motorbikes from across the country, FMX stunts, Music, a Martial Arts Championship, vintage Bikes and superbikes and many, many spectacular machines and  stunning customized bikes –  this was indeed, as the poster says, the Woodstock of all biking festivals. Kicking off with more than 1000 Harley Davidsons entering the arena, coming from all across the country, the event also saw the largest gathering of Harleys ever…

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Knowledge is Great- Conceive Dreams

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  We all dream to be at our passion job after college and we make great planning’s for it from college days ? Dun we?  With great student in junior college with added interest in circular activities, I always thought my dream job will be something I always cherished. My neighbourhood would be filled with street cats, dogs wandering around the gate to feed on daily meal provided them. Not only from college, but my school days also went nourishing the generation of them.   My decision was made in college to do “Veterinary Medicine” for higher education. The phase…

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Kashmiri Wazwan cuisine in Mumbai, JW Marriott

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Authentic Kashmiri Food Festival at the JW Marriott Mumbai  Move over global cuisine thought I, on sitting down for dinner- cross legged Wazwan style. With the aura of beautiful Kashmir surrounding us andauthentic Kashmiri food being rare in Bombay, we were treated to the rich delicacies of the paradise state. JW Marriott Mumbai welcomed us along with the expert duo Chef Fayaz Ahmad and Mohammed Abbas Bhat, from the lush valleys of Kashmir enticed each one of us  with the ‘Wazwan – Kashmiri Food Festival’ They completely enticed the taste buds by laying emphasis on the different spices and flavours. Along with…

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