Why Cantonese is my favourite cuisine

An invitation to the opening ceremony of ‘Cantonese Culinary Route’ at Pondichery Cafe, Sofitel Mumbai BKC reminded me anew why Cantonese is my favourite cuisine. As we all know, ‘Cantonese’ has very little to do with the ‘Chinese’ takeaway food that is so popular in India and abroad. Real Cantonese cuisine that comes from the…

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India, from a foreigner’s eyes

We travel to fall in love; with a stranger’s land and a culture that often has nothing in common with ours other than that it’s also based on love and mutual respect. But what British Airways has accomplished with its latest heartwarming campaign is to remind us of the immense warmth nestled in our own…

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A staycation in my own city

I always thought staycations were a silly concept. Why hole yourselves up within the closed confines of a room/hotel when you can be out there exploring undiscovered nooks and getting to know the locals? But that was until I was invited by Sofitel Mumbai on the occasion of their fourth anniversary celebrations. I spent a…

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Solo travel on Diu Island

Information about Diu on the World Wide Web is woefully inadequate. But as I discovered in just 24 hours, this welcoming little seaside hamlet is full of serene gems and beautiful sights. And their story deserves to be told. I landed in Diu at 2pm on Republic Day (26th January), uncertain about the time I’d…

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Thailand Tourism Festival 2016: Glimpses

Bangkok’s Lumpini Park came alive between 13th to 17th January, as the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) wowed everyone with a stunning cultural parade and stalls showcasing various facets of Thailand at the Thailand Tourism Festival 2016 (TTF). The festival was divided into four zones spread across Lumpini Park’s serene 142 acres of open space,…

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Sanjay Gandhi National Park: The Jungle in Our Backyards

Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali, Mumbai, broke through our reservations with its large expanses of untouched nature at the boating lake, a stunning tiger sighting during a safari, and the marvellously hewn Kanheri Caves. Through this travel blog, you’ll get to know about the things to do at SGNP.

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Sofitel Macau: Waterfront luxury

I had wafted across the open seas to reach the fair land of Macau from the bustling Hong Kong International Airport. Yet, I hadn’t tired of water; far from it. And when the curtains at my luxurious Sofitel room swung back to reveal the merry waterfront and the colourful boats that bobbed about, there wasn’t a happier soul than me in all of Macau.

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Photo story: Maratha food fest at Pondichery Cafe

This graceful woman was only one of several authentic Maharashtrian fixtures at the inaugural dinner of ‘The Great Maratha Warriors Food Festival’ at Sofitel Mumbai BKC. The inauguration was held at Sofitel’s most charming Parisian restaurant, Pondichery Cafe. It was a Friday night and I wrapped up work early in order to make it for…

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A brush with Buddhism at the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Singapore

The multi-storeyed Buddha Tooth Relic Temple dominates the colourful streets of Singapore’s Chinatown with an otherworldly magnetism. Get to know its history and architecture in this tour guide.

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The road is always calling

Lately, I’ve been hankering for a road trip. Not a cloistered train ride or a blink-and-miss flight or even a rickety semi-recliner bus. I want the comfort of sailing along a road on smooth tyres with the window turned down, the music blasting and the wind turning my hair into a bird’s nest. The last…

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