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A song of three cities.

In Belgium, Europe, France, India, Places, Random, Travel on March 24, 2012 at 1:05 am

I almost planned my next holidays listening to Jacques Brel’s “Bruxelles”. It made me so nostalgic for the city, that I almost bought my tickets. However, I have already been there twice and since we are unable to take as many breaks travelling in a year as we would like, we ultimately decided to go somewhere else. 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 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 »

Beauty past compare!

In Culture, India, Places, Random, Travel on October 9, 2011 at 1:19 am

The idea of what is beautiful, as much as scientists like to debate on ratio and proportions, is not universal. Of course, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder etc. etc. but what I am trying to say is that there is also a cultural aspect to it. I was always surprised how casually people were dressed in France when going out for an evening, with friends or otherwise. Read the rest of this entry »