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My Travels

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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Moscow Musings




St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow I am in Russia. Having left Moscow, I am cruising over the vast landmass that lies between Moscow and St Petersburg. I am trying hard to find things to say about Moscow. This is unusual for me because I always have something to say about everything.’ This often works to my … Continue reading »






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On airlines and the irksome things pilots say




While I am on the topic of airlines, what is the deal with the pilots wanting to give us the most unnecessary information at most inappropriate times?  “We are now cruising at the height of xyz and flying over Ulan Bator, which is to your right..,” announces the pilot on the PA system. Why should … Continue reading »






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The Sophisticated Traveler




I have not posted much since I returned from Japan, this is probably because all I ever want to do lately, is to write about Japan. The other reason is that I have been a bit unsettled ever since I returned and it is always such an effort to go back to one’s routine. Traveling … Continue reading »






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