A vegetarian food pilgrimage in Israel

Almost two centuries ago, French gourmand Jean Brillat-Savarin wrote, “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.” In all my travels, nowhere has this been truer than in Israel, as I find out during a recent whirlwind trip. While there is a lot of cuisine in common across the places…

Friday photo: Petra

After a long time, a Friday photo from me. This one, from a dream destination, a holiday I went on with my husband over the long Christmas break – Jordan. Needless to say, Jordan – Petra and all the other sites far exceeded our expectations. I have a couple of stories out on Jordan, which…

Sometimes, curd is all you need for breakfast

We are still bleary-eyed as our car makes its slow progress through the streets in Sri Lanka’s south. Our flight landed at an ungodly hour in the morning, and my husband and I are headed from Colombo’s international airport to Yala National Park. The streets are empty, the dozens of villages dotted along the stretch…

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…

A forest of temples at Prambanan

Continued from my evening experience of watching the Ramayana in Indonesia This was, in fact, my second trip to the Prambanan temple complex in the day. I had paid a visit as a typical tourist earlier in the morning, to take in the magnificent Hindu temples dedicated to the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva…

Watching the Ramayana in Indonesia

As the sun began to set and the yellow electric lights of the theatre came on, there was restiveness in the air. A large group of school children had arrived there a few minutes ago, apparently as part of a cultural excursion. Apart from these giggly kids and their harried teachers, most of the audience…