My world from up above

2016 has been a spectacular year for me as a traveller (a detailed round-up post coming up next) – but one of the highlights was the bird’s eye view I got of some stunning natural and man-made wonders on chopper rides. From the Grand Canyon in the USA to twice in Canada, over the Niagara…

Friday photo: Shark

I don’t usually post personal photos on this blog – but this one is special. I have a crippling fear of water (we are talking swimming pool terror here, and five aborted attempts to lean swimming). So, when I was in Dubai recently and came to know that I was booked to go on this…

Lesser known Dubai

The lesser known Dubai, in today’s HT Cafe… (as always, link valid only for a week, so read now, else see photo and sigh deeply in regret for having missed the article) *** Souk shopping in Dubai In all the noise of the bargaining in the souks, I hear as in a dream the muted…

Dubai or not to buy?

The Dubai Shopping Festival had just began – earlier than usual – when I went to Dubai. And it was the weekend before Christmas. Half the world seemed to have landed in Dubai at that time, to shop, and shop some more. One crazy evening at the maddeningly crowded Mall of Emirates, and I decided…

Dubai and the -est obsession

Pointing out through the window of his living room, G said, See that building there, the one with all the cranes…. that is going to be the tallest building in the world. I am guessing the look on my face said ‘how interesting, yaaaaawn’. Dubai is suddenly obsessed with being and building the largest, the…