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Travel

My Travels

Oh ghosts, gothic buildings, castles and cafes: A break in mesmerising Edinburgh




I was to write from Edinburgh but I got lazy. This isn’t unexpected, as you all know by now. This introspective process of writing belongs to people who are content with retiring to quietude to reflect and ponder. How was I to find any quiet time when my companion on my trip was my mother? … Continue reading »






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An English summer and the unbearable confusion of wanting to do too much




“Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” — Samuel Johnson So well, it is another glorious summer here in London, the English summer … Continue reading »






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A letter to an NRI friend on the merits of flying Air India




I have just received an email from a second generation Canadian friend of Indian origin, who is coming to India after several decades. She intends to travel across the motherland to acquaint herself with the new India and asks for my assistance in doing so. India has a sizable buffet of airlines, she is told and Nadia … Continue reading »






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Winter in London and other happy things




My love affair with London continues. We are in the thick of winter, cold winds beat against the window of our room at night and it rains intermittently during the day adding a piercing chill to the air. Still my love for this city, if one can call it that, only grows. I hesitate from … Continue reading »






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On meeting Fareed Zakaria and surreal dreams of feral cats.




    My tryst with that brave cheetah that graced the roof of my jeep in Masai Mara two months ago has earned me some kind of undeserved fame in certain circles. In more than a few dinner parties since my return from Kenya, I have been introduced as “that girl who was bold enough … Continue reading »






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On playing with fire and close encounters with the FDNY in New York.




Today was an eventful day. We almost tasted our fifteen minutes of fame courtesy the spouse, in New York, Warhol’s own city, no less. It so happened that the spouse decided to fix the older one some breakfast this morning since I was busy running an errand with the younger one, not far from our … Continue reading »






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About Ashley Madison, Tinder, illicit love and some more updates from New York




There is so much going on in NYC that I am surprised I find any time to write at all. It is not uncommon to run into people one knows from Bombay when in London but there is less likelihood of that happening in New York City owing to its size and population. You can … Continue reading »






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London Diaries




Started my second day in London in a salubrious way with a walk in Hyde Park. I am here practically every summer and yet I have never given a morning constitutional in the park so much a consideration. After walking around the streets of London through the day and dining out every night, somehow languishing … Continue reading »






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Notes from Azerbaijan, Merci Baku




  I was expecting to arrive in a land of hijab clad women called Marjani, Fatima and Hayat walking behind hirsute men. I was expecting to find load-bearing donkeys, reluctantly trotting down narrow streets that disappeared into an arid nothingness. I was expecting chai khanas and bazaars where shisha smoking men traded cattle along with … Continue reading »






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St Petersburg: And I say to myself, Oh what a wonderful world




I was already in love with the notion of St Petersburg long before I arrived there.  It was one of those cities of the world I had romanticized about since I was very young. I, therefore, was almost afraid to visit it, lest I be disappointed. Snapshots of the city, some imagined from Russian classics, … Continue reading »






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