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…

The magic of Machu Picchu

Just over eighteen months ago I stood in front of Machu Picchu, taking in the magnificence of this 15th century Incan citadel. Like the voices around me attested breathlessly, it was a dream come true for me too. When I look back at the photographs from this fabulous trip to Peru, one of the images…

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…

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…