In search of Eden

It was during a long weekend in August that my husband and I decided to head out from our home in Delhi in search of the forbidden fruit. The Eden we had in mind was Thanedar in the hills of Himachal Pradesh. We set off well before dawn, driving on the smooth highway to Chandigarh…

Quiet flows the Lidder

It turns out that the best way to enjoy Pahalgam is to stay away from Pahalgam. No, I am not suggesting for a moment that anyone skip this most picturesque area in Kashmir. But the best – perhaps the only – way to enjoy it is to stay outside, as I do. On a recent…

All aboard the Glacier Express: a photoessay

What is it about scenic routes that makes the charm of train travel increase exponentially? While I ran out of patience for long (or even short, admittedly) train journeys quite a few years ago, I still can’t resist the call of scenic trains. Which is why I agreed to a press trip to Switzerland last…

Wayanad: God’s own greens

There is an untouched simplicity about Wayanad that is charming and surprising at the same time. Over the last few decades, Kerala has worked hard to live up to its self-anointed and rather grand moniker of God’s Own Country. But the part of Kerala my husband and I are driving to for our long weekend…

On the top of Europe

Continued from here… My visit coincides with Charlie Chaplin’s 40th death anniversary (that falls on Christmas day), and to mark the occasion, Chaplin’s World, along with Jungfrau Railways had commissioned British sculptor John Doubleday to create an ice sculpture of Chaplin. This was to be inaugurated on top of Jungfrau mountain, and so from the…

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…