It is not the first time that Prasanth and I were travelling to a destination during its off-season. We have done that with Goa in the past, and now we did it with Coorg. It took me a long time – almost the second or third day into our trip in Coorg – to realise that what one sees in the fancy, doctored photographs on travel websites and Instagram is not always true. Rather, I learned that only the best seasons of the different places are actually projected to the world. We sometimes mistake those images to be the actual image of the place, and think that that would be how the place would greet us whenever we visit it. Continue reading COORG: WHERE THE HILLS CALL
The rush of adrenaline shoots through the body. The palms get sweaty and beads of perspiration turn into hurried streams running down. The heart pumps so hard that the beats seem to echo against the rocks. The climber shuts his eye and swallows hard before taking his next step. Welcome to the experience of via ferrata. Continue reading VIA FERRATA: ADVENTURE AT A HEIGHT
The youngest of five children, Bruno Andres Santa Cruz grew up in a family of working members. The young boy was dissatisfied with the food being cooked at home, and ventured to prepare on his own. After poring over recipe books, and through multiple trials fraught with failures and successes, he started learning the culinary ropes. At the age of 19, he moved from the city of his childhood – Lima, to Cuzco for greater exposure and experience in culinary studies. Continue reading TRAIL OF THE CEVICHE
Born in the fishing village of Qantab, Mohammad Al Hassani grew up as a child of the sea who loved playing in the lap of waves and discovering the myriad mysteries of the deep. Having known the sea intimately, it was no wonder that he was privy to its secrets. He never doubted that whatever his future held, it would always be connected with the great blue world. Continue reading OMAN’S SOLE TURTLE RANGER
Travelling down the narrow roads leading into the old village from the town is like stepping back in time. The vestiges of modernity seem to become evanescent as the ancient dilapidated houses spring up in view. Continue reading BAIT AL SAFAH: A LIVING LEGACY
Everything is either in black or white for him. The grey scale does not exist. Perhaps it is this attitude towards perfection and clarity that has led him to where he is today. Hailing from the small Italian hamlet of Torino, Igor Macchia is a Michelin starred chef who tours around the world showcasing his culinary mastery. Continue reading PERFECTIONIST PAR EXCELLENCE
His magnificent beard and matching hair give away his profession. The only unexpected element is the vibrant teal kurta he is clad in, which negates the cliched perspective of associating sombre colours with the intellectual. Continue reading LEARNING FROM THE HEART
The knife feels no pressure as it slices through the tender fish, which quickly disappears off the plate. Biting into the Fish Ambulthiyal is a transcendental experience as one feels the marvellous burst of flavours in the mouth. The plump portions of tuna, drenched in tangy gamborge sauces tingle the taste buds. Continue reading TASTES FROM THE EMERALD ISLE
Most people perceive Oman as a laidback and tranquil place where one can watch life pass by at a quiet and unhurried pace. But a team of international rock-climbers are out to showcase the adventurous side of the sultanate that offers a rush of adrenaline and throws challenges not encountered in other parts of the world. Continue reading THE BOUNTEOUS BOULDERS OF OMAN
I hadn’t heard of Murud-Janjira till the day I visited it. Neither had I heard of Kashid, which I was able to visit only because it lies on the way to Murud. Part of a really disappointing trip to Alibaug, it was only Murud which left a mesmerising impact upon me, memorable enough to make me want to visit it again. Continue reading MURUD-JANJIRA: THE UNCONQUERED MIGHT
When you have lived all your life in a place, you are expected to have become accustomed to its climate. Not me. Then again, I guess I am not alone. For, no matter how long you may have lived in Delhi; its temperature of 47° Celsius in the peak of summer would seldom spare even veterans from the heat stroke. That is when Delhiites begin to squint out of their windows awaiting the arrival of the meghasandesh that would usher in the monsoons. Continue reading IT RAINS IN MY KITCHEN
As promised, I returned to Anjuna for a second time. This time it was more appropriate, bang in the middle of the Christmas-New Year season. With more than a week’s time to spend, I was sure to have a way better time and plenty more memories. Continue reading A JAPANESE DREAM IN GOA!
A week’s arduous planning and itinerary making for a trip to Alibaug (just another place I hadn’t yet visited till then), with countless nights of me breaking my head simply deciding to choose the mode of travel, and innumerable phone calls to find a cheap and decent hotel; got transformed in a matter of minutes on the penultimate day *poof!* to a bus ride to Goa! It couldn’t be truer that the best and most unforgettable moments of our lives are almost always the result of sheer spontaneity and non-planning! Continue reading WHEN ALL THAT GLITTERED TURNED OUT GREY
The summer of 2010 had quite different plans for me, contrary to the yearly visits to my native place Kerala. The Andamans proved to be the most beautiful vacation place for my parents and me. The breath-taking waters, the lushest of greenery, the most serene sunsets…wish it..and you have it all. Continue reading HEAVEN FOR CHILD, WOMAN ANDAMAN!
Smells can bring back memories. That whiff of lilac talc that reminds you of your mother, the fresh new plasticky smell of Mr.Clean crayons of childhood, the damp smell of books that take me back to the dingy library of my college… They might not be all around you, but when they flit across your nose, they activate the nostalgia slumbering in your mind. Continue reading SMELLS LIKE BOMBAY