Category Archives: India

Fifty shades of everything but grey

On a drive from Pondicherry to Thanjavur two weekends ago, I had to keep my sunglasses on at all times because there are some eye-poppingly bright buildings along the way. I’ve driven up and down Tamil Nadu’s highways quite a … Continue reading

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Nicobar travel piece in The Hindu

The Hindu published a shorter version of my travel to Trinket in the Nicobar archipelago to meet Gopinath Jeem. You can read it here.

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“I just want a diesel generator” – A travelogue from the Nicobar islands

Our boat approached the abandoned and lonely shores of the island of Trinket in the Nicobar archipelago in the Andaman Sea. The beach was littered with the grotesque trunks of dead trees where a man now appeared. He was wearing a … Continue reading

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My first quarrel in 2012

It’s funny how quickly one gets conditioned to one’s immediate surroundings. I have always found queue jumpers to be an annoying breed of humans. But two years of living in the UK, where forming queues seems to be embedded in … Continue reading

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Photo of the week: Plantation resort in south India

The contrast between the two worlds couldn’t have been starker. We stepped off a cockroach-infested train in Mysore, a journey that had kept me awake most of the night; and a short drive later stepped into the green, plentiful, luxury … Continue reading

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Photo of the week: Orange kulfi in Kolkata

How quickly I return to food! This week’s picture is an orange kulfi that is sold opposite Vardhaan market on Camac Street in Kolkata in India. Kulfi is like South Asian gelato or ice-cream except that it is much more milky … Continue reading

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Photo of the week: A stepwell in India fit for a queen

This famous Indian stepwell is the ‘Rani ki Vaav’ or ‘Queen’s well’ in Patan in the western Indian state of Gujarat. It is said to have been built in the last quarter of the 11th century. The well was re-discovered … Continue reading

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