Cinque terre – a fairytale of five villages

Italy is a wonderful canvas of colors. Traveling through its cities and villages, I sometimes felt that there are no lines in that world, just patterns of color standing adjacent to each other. In those two weeks I felt resplendent, and felt like I had run through every shade I had ever seen reflected, all presented in…

Venice – the transient city

“Perhaps I am afraid of losing Venice all at once, if I speak of it, or perhaps, speaking of other cities, I have already lost it, little by little.” Italo Calvino On all those narrow streets, criss-crossing intermittently with that perpetual river, I would often look up and see those reassuring yellow signs: Per S….

A lazy weekend in Chiang Mai

I haven’t come to this space in a long while. It is definitely not because I have not been traveling (thank God). In fact, in the time I have been away or have been slow in updating, I have been to a few places, amongst them my beloved Bhutan, and also a part of India…

Crossing Mordor

When I sat planning my itinerary for a New Zealand visit, it seemed like a mammoth task. There was so much to pick from. Being a fan of the ‘Lord of the Rings’, I wanted to visit at least one landscape that represented it, and here, thankfully, the choice was easier. While the Shire and…

The Rann and the moon

It is amazing how in one country you can see so much of the world. Especially if it is a country as vivid and diverse as India. I never tire of traveling around its expanse, and it constantly astounds me with something unseen, something completely foreign,  often something beyond imagination. This time, I was blown…

Sri Lanka Hill Country

I had always thought of Sri Lanka as this hot country huddled close to the equator. Merely a larger brother of Chennai. Yes, perhaps it had some beautiful beaches, but being more into hills than beaches, I felt no inclination to explore its sandy blues. The long running civil war did its bid in making…

The ancient city of Benares

We entered Benares in the scorching noon of summer. In our grief we should have hardly noticed the cruelty of the sun, but it seemed that instead of dulling our senses, the grief had heightened them. I was painfully aware of the noise of that city, the blaring honks, the dust, and the burning heat….

Istanbul: under the veil of death

Were you so grey when I met you first? I cannot remember. I can only now see you as a dark, sombre, city. Unyielding and stern in the face of my misery. I had come seeking you, to escape my woes. And you, Istanbul, you sent me packing in a few hours, with a much greater…

Feeling lost in the Ocean

After 4 years, returning to Great Ocean Road felt as mystifying as seeing the Apostles for the first time. At their feet,  it felt like I had traveled in time to a different world.

Street art of Melbourne

Each time I go to Melbourne, there is something new I am able to find there. The city has so much to offer, it seems I can never exhaust the list of things to do there. Standing on the bridge at Southbank, feeling lost on the St kilda pier, sitting at Federation Square watching one…

Winter Festival in Harbin

Some places are just not your travel style. But then what is the joy of traveling if you keep returning to the same kind of places without discovering a place which you wouldn’t have picked. A place that can shock your senses in either direction. Even as we landed in Harbin, and we ventured out…

Another world just a metro ride away: Chinatown

It was threatening to be another lazy Sunday, the ones that get whisked away between the threat of an approaching workday and the heaviness from a late lunch. But suddenly we decided to save it. To walk somewhere – anywhere the way we used to when we landed in Singapore more than a year ago….