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  • Kerela in a Week: Allepey, the backwaters
    on Oct 28, 2010 in Kerela
    Allepey or Alappuzha as the area is now known, is a town with backwaters and canals. Marco Polo described it as the “Venice of the East” and I now know why. Thekaddy to Allepey is about 180-200 km and takes a little over 5 hours. The last few d...
  • Kerela in a Week: Periyar
    on Oct 27, 2010 in Kerela
    Munnar to Periyar is about 4 hours drive and we headed there post breakfast to comfortably reach by mid-day. Periyar or Thekkady is a protected area and national reserve for tigers.  There are numerous spice plantations in the area and we stopped at...
  • Kerela in a Week: Cochin
    on Oct 25, 2010 in Kerela
    Cochin greeted us with a bang. Bang! Bang! Bang! The rain went, bullets from a water pistol, as our flight landed at the Cochin airport. The downpour continued with as much gusto even an hour later as the taxi made twists and turns in Fort Kochi stre...
  • Kerela in a Week: Munnar
    on Oct 25, 2010 in Kerela
    Munnar, a hill-station, and yes the traditional tourist point was our next stop from Kochi. The 140 km long journey took us about 4.5 hrs including a quick lunch stop and on 2 en-route waterfalls. The drive was smooth as the roads are quite good- spe...
  • Chef-at-Home@ Healthy egg wrap
    on Apr 5, 2010 in Chef-at-Home Food
    Sanjay decided to wear The Chef's hat once again this weekend. Tired of our upma/poha routine, he decided he was in the mood to dish up some nutritious and tasty breakfast for us. So me and mom were set to task- the Chef's assistants. I was given a...
  • Weekend in Amritsar@ Day 1
    on Mar 19, 2010 in Hotels Vacation
    We are on a two day trip to Amritsar- 5 adults and two small children. The Shatabdi train from Delhi to Amritsar departs on time at 7.20 AM for its 6 hour route. It has been long since I have been on a train journey and a large group always means mor...
  • Weekend in Amritsar @Day 2
    on Mar 19, 2010 in Vacation
    The lights could have been stars. I was standing just at the entrance of the parikrama of the Golden Temple. It was dark at 6.00 am in the morning and the temple glittered in itself and more in the water below. As I walked around the parikrama toward...
  • DC: Out and About
    on Feb 17, 2010 in Washington
    “All the organizations in this book exist….All the rituals, science, artwork and monuments in this book are real.” - Excerpt from the prologue of Dan Brown’s book Lost Symbol. Don’t get me wrong here. I am no fan of the Lost Symbol. Inf...
  • Washington DC: First Impressions
    on Feb 3, 2010 in Hotels Washington
    Work has brought me to Washington DC for about 10 days. Though for most part my stay will be spent in office, I am determined to explore some parts of the city during the one weekend I have here. My flight lands at the Dulles Airport at 3.00 in the...
  • Weekend in McLeodganj@ Day 2
    on Jan 11, 2010 in McLeodganj Vacation
    Impromptu trek to snow at Triund: The next morning Shambhu told us it had snowed in Triund. Wow! Wish Sanjay had asked for something more! We decided then we just had to trek up to Triund no matter what. We packed a bag with some food, water, torch a...
  • Weekend in McLeodganj @Day 3
    on Jan 11, 2010 in McLeodganj Vacation
    To Norbulingka: It was our third and last day. Done with a relaxed breakfast at Llamo’s once again, we hired a taxi for the day. Our destination was Dharamshala’s Norbulingka complex. The complex has a monastery, a doll museum, paintings and a ti...
  • Weekend in McLeodganj @Day 1
    on Jan 11, 2010 in McLeodganj Hotels Vacation
    March 20-23, 2009 Off we go: Sanjay and I finally had a long weekend all to ourselves and we were going to make the most of it! So we booked our tickets on the Volvo to McLeodganj- a place on our travel radar since some time. It is about 20km up the...
  • Is Häagen-Dazs worth the hype?
    on Jan 8, 2010 in Food
    After much controversy, Häagen-Dazs, the premium brand of ice cream and yogurts finally landed in India. There is a chic café outlet at the Select City mall in Saket, Delhi. However, we decided to pick up tubs of Haagen-Dazs and London Dairy to do...
  • Bangkok: Eating, Shopping and Evening-Outs!
    on Dec 4, 2009 in Thailand Vacation
    Let me warn you at the onset. I am not much of a party person so I probably saw the tamest side of Bangkok. But we had fun and here’s the score! Eating: Bangkok as you probably know eats everything and you will find all sorts of food and eating jo...
  • Sights and sounds of Bangkok
    on Dec 4, 2009 in Thailand Vacation
    We headed to Bangkok from Hua Hin by road yet again. We left early morning and reached our hotel (Shangri-La, see review) by 11.00 AM. A quick shower and we were out of the hotel in a jiffy to cruise down the Chao-Pharya and see the wonders of Bangko...
  • To Thailand: Hua Hin and Bangkok
    on Dec 3, 2009 in Hotels Thailand Vacation
    “ I am going to shop and shop, till I drop”, said me as we checked in at the airport for our flight to Bangkok. My excited look was matched by a thoughtful one by Sanjay. “But we are in Bangkok for 2 days only” said my husband regaining his c...
  • Hua Hin- around the town
    on Dec 3, 2009 in Thailand Vacation
    Hua-Hin is actually the Thai King’s summer resident. And, so, the well off families also began spending their summer here. It is now filled with luxury resorts and hotels; at a fraction of what you would pay at Maldives or Kho Samui. Still, we deci...
  • Thai Curry at home
    on Nov 13, 2009 in Food
    My other half decided he would wear the chef's hat last Sunday. On the menu was Thai red curry with rice. We used the Asia Kitchen's curry powder (no that’s not cheating!), packaged coconut milk and lots of veggies like broccoli, peppers, Thai red...
  • Mangaldas ni haveli- Ahemdabad
    on Oct 31, 2009 in Restaurant
    The car drove through old Ahmedabad; a cobweb of streets crammed with shops, kiosks, cows and people. I was headed to Mangaldas ni Haveli- a 200 year old heritage home turned into a restaurant. It was glittering with lights. I entered into a courtyar...
  • Mithu tells the future
    on Oct 31, 2009
    Indore, October 1, 2009 "Chalo Mithu Miya, apna kamaal dikhao, Vasudhaji ko unka bhavishya bataao" (Co'mon Mr. Mithu, show the wonders you can do, tell Vasudha her future too)... Out popped the parrot from its cage and picked a card for m...