When I visited Vietnam, I had never thought that I would write about it. Vietnam was a part of movies and books about the Vietnam War for most people like me. Much like it’s history, I discovered the place has a lingering effect. The skyline of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam is a mix of newer constructions and old-style architecture. Built along the Red river, and blessed with many lakes, Hanoi is often called the ‘city of lakes’. A few years ago, the city celebrated 1,000 years of its establish
The clock struck ten. The chimes rang out loud and clear in the pleasant skies of Pietermaritzburg as we crossed the road towards Mahatma Gandhi’s statue. It is interesting to see how cities acquire stature and meaning by the happening of some occurrence in their limits. Pietermaritzburg, the capital city of the province of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa is a mélange of cultures and a repository of history. However, it is undoubtedly Gandhiji’s footprint that lends a majestic aura to th
Guest Post – Pujya Priyadarshni, travel writer
When it had struck, I couldn’t believe it. And then I was simply numb. As parents, family and friends prepared for a complete breakdown, they ensured that I wasn’t alone and always had someone to talk to. But days past, with no outburst. I felt less and less the need or urge to talk to people. My mind was occupied 24×7 as I conversed with it incessantly. It became a part of my bearing and existence; both mental and physical. I would rumina
Last month I got membership of a prestigious club in New Delhi – the Gymkhana Club. After being on the waiting list for over twenty years the membership came through. When I saw my name up on the notice board, I remembered my father.
Twenty years ago, as a single mother while I was coping with work and being a parent, he had brought the form to me. The recommendation columns were already filled by two of his colleagues who were members. He had convinced me to fill it up. Explaining to
The first blip occurred around midday, then a string of blips began. The stream of input from Earth was showing blips at regular intervals. When Ime checked the data, he found that the blips had come up across the planet. It was an unusual activity. Ime put the machines to work to understand the cause of the blips.
Evening was lengthening outside the Aeona observatory, when the report began to roll out. Ime was tired, but he glanced at the report scrolling on his workstation. It was a
At a workplace meeting sometime ago, a senior coworker kept interjecting ‘but we have done it differently all along!’ each time new technological inputs were discussed. Ultimately, the chairperson said, ‘ let go of the way it was!”.
Its one of the hardest things to do, while it sounds so simple. “Let go” the two magical , short and simple words are replete with confusion and difficulty. Whether flowing from ancient philosophical thought or the Whatsapp message of a friend, these
How does one infuse something already magical with a dream-like quality? Welcome to Universal Studios in Los Angeles, USA. If you have at least a day free in that city, then a visit to Universal Studios is a must. Doesn’t matter if you are old, young, a honeymoon couple or a child – it is a place that can enthrall everyone and set their imagination rolling.
One of the most famous and still functioning Hollywood studios, Universal started its modern tour in 1964. Back then it included
These days in Delhi, an advertisement ruling the airwaves and landscape is for a ‘camera phone’. The makers are selling a mobile phone, but the marketing pitch revolves around the theme that it is a phone for selfie takers! It has two cameras – one for selfies and another for group selfies! I wondered why the phone was not being sold as a phone, but riding on an accessory of the device!
My daughter threw light on this when I asked her, “Now days the image has taken over the writ
Santorini – pristine white structures, blue domes, sprinkled along the mountain slope, with a sparkling sea lapping below. I had seen these gorgeous locales in Bollywood songs. So, last December when planning a trip to Athens, a day trip to Santorini was built in. One couldn’t go to Greece, and not visit the dreamlike island!
With visions of gorgeous vistas we took off on a balmy sunny Athens morning, and landed at the small airport in Santorini. It was grey,cold and wet. Outside the
Guest Post by Dnyaneshwar Mulay, Writer and Diplomat
I typed ‘good morning, have a great and satisfying day’. Then sent it. I got a reply ‘don’t patronize me’. I got angry and wrote back, ‘don’t brutalize me’. Then got back to my bed and threw away the phone. ‘Bloody hell, I belong to myself today’, I shouted to myself.
It could have been a perfect