The visual poetry of Jyran, Sofitel

Now and then, you come across a place that embodies a sentiment so well, that you wonder if it was that feeling itself that gave birth to the physical beauty. I walked into Jyran, a tandoor restaurant and lounge at Sofitel, Mumbai and I was enveloped by poetry.

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In conversation with Manvendra Singh Shekhawat

The charming young managing director of Suryagarh, one of the best known luxury hotels in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan dons many hats. At the recently held INK Conference at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai, I probed into the swashbuckling hotelier’s penchant for conservation and social entrepreneurship. Presenting a few excerpts. In India, you often find cases of vandalism and…

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Veggie wine and dine at Tuskers, Sofitel

It’s not everyday that you receive an invitation for a vegetarian wining and dining experience. Vegetarian food with wine? What’s that? That, is actually a culinary revelation that the chefs at Sofitel decided to unfurl on a languid Friday night. The saga of north Indian delicacies and choice red and white wines from the Loire…

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Villas in Goa: Giving the hotels a run for their money!

The word ‘villa’ inspires the same awe that a ‘condo’ or ‘holiday home’ does. It spells relaxation, luxury and space – lots of it. Imagine having an entire bungalow to yourself, freshly whitewashed and surrounded by a plush garden full of fragrant blooms and your very own jogging track. Imagine that there is a huge swimming pool in this villa with luxurious deck chairs where you can lie down and sunbathe or read your favourite novel over a mojito. Imagine…

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Send an overseas surprise with the Zaldee app!

A couple weeks ago, one of my friend, called me up and told me that he is aware of an app named Zaldee that allowed people to make money while they travelled. How exactly did they do that? I asked. He said, that Zaldee allowed people to sell and buy excess luggage space while traveling by any mode of transport (Air, Car, Train or Bus). So if I’m travelling to Singapore next week, all I have to do is list my trip and rate per kg of goods on Zaldee and wait for someone to approach me with a request.

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Flavours of Indonesia at Pondichery Cafe, Sofitel Mumbai

If Chef Isep Hidayatulloh can make it all the way from Indonesia to Mumbai just so the good people here can partake of the flavours of Indonesia, can’t I travel mere miles to experience the flourish of his culinary brush? Of course I can. Alas, I missed the opening ceremony at Pondichery Cafe, Sofitel BKC…

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The Terraces, Kanatal: A mountain paradise

Over a starlit bonfire in the thick of Kaudia Forest at Kanatal, Uttarakhand, a naturalist of Nepali descent regaled us with tales from his army days. Blame it on the several glasses of the good stuff but a few of my co-travellers imagined that they’d seen the fiery eyes of a leopard a few feet…

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Ghughua Fossil Park: A museum of plants

Come here, and you will be introduced to clusters of Eucalyptus fossils, arranged in familiar shapes like hearts and circles. We even saw the fossil of a dinosaur egg, reminding me of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park series. A rusty gate creaked open when the friendly old caretaker opened it for us. He turned out to be a treasure trove of information on the plants that he tended to so lovingly. He told us that the fossilised plants in the quiet park were 65 million years old! What was the world like that many eons ago?

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A Goan summer at Ramada Caravela

Goa in the summer months is hot, sweltering and unrelentingly blazing; but not if you are staying under the cool hospices of Ramada Caravela Beach Resort. I even had a few early monsoon clouds to help negotiate the Goan summer in May this year. It was my second visit to South Goa; the shores of…

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Bid goodbye to singledom at Dubai

Whether it’s your own last dance on the wild side or your best friend’s, Dubai is one place you should definitely consider if a foreign locale is what you’re looking at. I never had a very high opinion of Dubai as a travel destination until I began listening to the stories of a colleague who…

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The people of Shahpura: Dreamers and Rain God appeasers

If you passed him on the street, you wouldn’t guess that he was the principal of Shahpura’s only children’s school (there is another one for girls in the eight grade and above). But that’s Natwarkumar Sharma for you – unassuming, humble and ever ready to offer a proud story of a child who went on…

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