Switzerland’s secret cherry liqueur

I shut my eyes to enjoy the sensation of the Röteli going down my throat. The flavours of the Swiss cherry liqueur are new to me, somewhat spicy, somewhat tart, and thoroughly delightful. It is a warm summer evening in Chur, the capital of the Grisons or Graübunden canton in the eastern part of the…

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…

Friday photo: Bikaner

I recently spent a few days in Bikaner as a guest of the lovely team at Narendra Bhawan (more on that soon) – think piping hot kachoris for breakfast, exquisite Jain temples and opulent havelis. This Friday, a vertical shot of the Rampuria haveli, right at the beginning of our heritage trail that provided a…

A perfect weekend in Ooty and Coonoor

Just a two-hour drive from Coimbatore lies the Nilgiris, also known as the Blue Mountains. Its heart is the hill station of Ooty – an anglicised abbreviation of Udhagamandalam – which is a bustling small city. In contrast, the nearby district of Coonoor offers beautiful heritage buildings and verdant surrounds. Sample both worlds with this…

Adrift on Inle Lake

It is my first experience with a traffic jam in the middle of a lake. It is late in the afternoon, and life on Inle lake is almost at a standstill. The husband and I are nodding off on the boat, drowsy after a heavy lunch of crunchy fermented tealeaf salad and rice with green…

A perfect weekend in Tel Aviv

From pleasant weather to great beaches, friendly people to delicious food, Tel Aviv checks all the right boxes that discerning travellers look for. Throw into the mix some beguiling history, eclectic architecture and a vibrant nightlife scene, and it is not surprising why Israel’s second largest city is fast emerging as the party capital of…

Friday photo: Feeling Blue

Last month, I got the chance to visit the new St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort in the unexplored southern part of the Maldives. I stayed in one of the overwater villas with a sunset view, with hammocks slung high right over the azure waters. It was a super pampered and relaxed three days, punctuated only…

Mexican cookout at Sanchez, UB City

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a cooking lesson at Sanchez, the fun Mexican restaurant on the terrace of UB City. Mexican cuisine is one of my favourites – ok, Indianised Mexican food (since I believe there are not much vegetarian options in Mexico itself!) but there are not too many good Mexican restaurants…