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Magic in the Air!

In Baltic states, Europe, Places, Travel on February 29, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Raganu Kalnas or the Hill of Witches

When we asked about whether there was any place we should visit in Juodkranté in Lithuania and we were told, “Yes, there is the Hill of Witches. It’s quite close to here.”, I wasn’t very enthusiastic. The Hill of Witches? What kind of spooky place was this? Read the rest of this entry »


Museum madness!

In Baltic states, Europe, France, Germany, India, Places, Random, Travel on February 27, 2012 at 3:28 am

What do you think of when you think “Museum”. Chances are that if you are British, you would be thinking of the British Museum, if you are French, then the Louvre and the other 1,000 odd museums in Paris and if you are Indian, like me, Read the rest of this entry »

Chai, garam chai!

In Culture, Drinks, India, Random, Travel on February 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I had to write my first post in the cuisine or food &drink section on Chai. After all, I named my blog after this humble drink.

Would you like to have some chai?”

Do you know how to make chai?”

Confronted with questions like this from non-Indians, I did not initially understand what to make of it. Read the rest of this entry »


In Culture, Europe, France, Germany, Places, Travel on February 17, 2012 at 1:13 am

A woman looking at the work of one of the residents of a squat in Berlin

The Oxford online dictionary reveals the following entry for Squat:

verb(squats, squatting, squatted)

  • 1 [no object] crouch or sit with one’s knees bent and one’s heels close to or touching one’s buttocks or the back of one’s thighs: I squatted down in front of him Read the rest of this entry »


In Random, Spain, Travel on February 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

If ever you see pictures put up by English or American travellers in India on the various travel forums on the net, one of the frequently recurring themes is signs, placards or notices written in distorted English (er..English?). I admit some of them are real gems like “Child Bear”, Read the rest of this entry »

Alcazàr, Seville, Spain

In Europe, Places, Random, Spain, Travel on February 14, 2012 at 2:19 am

Alcazàr, Seville, Spain

Alcazàr is the Royal Palace in Seville. Like other places in this part of Spain, the monument has changed hands from the Almohades to the Spanish Catholics. All around the blue motifs, Read the rest of this entry »


In Random, Transport, Travel on February 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I happened to be travelling with some French friends on a train not so long ago. Once into the train and settled, it evoked a sigh from my friend seated next to me. “I love train journeys”, she said. Read the rest of this entry »

Smile please!

In Culture, Random on February 10, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I remember when I was a kid, there used to be a magazine for young people called Target.   I had once read a story in it of a little fish when it is allowed for the first time to explore the sea on its own, is so happy and ecstatic that it goes around smiling and laughing and wishing everyone it meets. Read the rest of this entry »