My TedX Talk on Travel

In January 2015, I was invited by Symbiosis Institute of Business Management in Bengaluru to give a talk at their TedX event on why I travel – and how everyone else can too. The theme of the session was ‘Carpe Diem’ or ‘Seize the day’, and i spoke about my own experiences and motivations, and…

A new Facebook page

So, what’s new on Itchy Feet? A brand new Facebook page, that’s what – https://www.facebook.com/travelswithcharu After years of resisting – how many places in social media can I manage – I finally succumbed to the pressure and set up this page. And now to find interesting content for it on a regular basis (apart from…

An ode to Charlie Chaplin

Growing up in the days of black and white, single channel television meant, among other things, that one of my favourite childhood icons was a man with a funny moustache (we used to call it the Hitler moustache back then) and a funnier walk. His coat never fit him properly, his hat kept falling off,…

Friday photo: Snow

Feeling the heat already? Summer is here, and here to stay for the next few weeks, if not months in most parts of the country. So, here is something to cool you off – and make you yearn for the hills, or even the mighty Himalayas and the majestic Alps. A snow hike on a…

My god, it’s Mylari dosa!

When in Mysore, it is a sin to not eat the masala dosa at Mylari – not any of the various imposters that have sprung up, but the Old Original Hotel Vinayaka Mylari, located in a nondescript lane in the Nazarbad area. The interiors are nothing to speak of, with a few benches, freely shared…

The curious case of Chur 2

Continued from here… The next morning, the countryside beckons and we head out to Viamala Gorge, less than an hour’s drive away. This magnificent ravine, now a popular tourist attraction, was once hated by the peace-loving Swiss for being an evil obstruction in their journey across the Alps, giving it the name of “Bad Path.”…

Friday photo: Vada Pav

As my teeth sank into the soft cloud of pav and the crispy vada, it was almost as if I was biting into the original taste of Mumbai. It was a perfect contrast of tastes and textures: the chewy blandness of the pav acting as a foil to the piquant crunchiness of the vada. A…

The curious case of Chur 1

In a country that has so many enticing blockbuster attractions, Chur seems like a curious choice of a place to visit on a whirlwind tour. But there is a reason for my choice; Chur (pronounced Kh-oor) is not just one of Switzerland’s classic beauties but also the country’s oldest city, continually inhabited since 3000 BCE….

A walk in Muir Woods

America’s most beloved naturalist John Muir called it “…the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world.” Close to San Francisco, just 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Muir Woods National Monument is a primeval forest of coastal redwoods. On my first trip to SF,…

Past continuous: a peek into Bikaner

Not many people know this, but Bikaner’s story began with a runaway prince. Rao Bika, the eldest son of Maharaja Rao Jodha from the neighbouring kingdom of Jodhpur left his father—and crown—in a huff in the late 15th century to seek his own fortunes and set up a kingdom with his own name. What he…