In this digital world, our minds are flooded with impressions created by others.
Indulge your taste buds in Bangkok’s thriving vegan food scene, with my list of the city’s best vegan and vegetarian restaurants and cafes.
Why travel to Japan? Over the last four weeks, I’ve come to realize that Japan is not one of those places you can understand virtually.
Hidden from the world until the 1800s, Japanese culture and traditions are an enigma for curious travellers.
Although Japan still doesn’t offer visa on arrival for Indians, it is now possible to get a Japan visa on an Indian passport without a sponsor.
After dreaming of Japan for years, I’m finally heading there… in search of Murakami’s Japan, but also my own.
My mind flooded with questions as I sat there, among the orange-robed monks of Wat Suan Dok in Chiang Mai.
I stood on a parapet watching in awe, surrounded by people as they cheered and counted down to the New Year. Almost everyone had lit their paper lanterns by now, and as the clock ticked to midnight and firecrackers went off in the sky, we released our lanterns with a feeling of joy that’s difficult to put into words. As the lanterns drifted away into the sky, creating the illusion of a thousand twinkling stars, I felt like parts of my past, and all the fears and challenges of 2017, had drifted away too. A surreal feeling. Behold, a glimpse of the magic of celebrating New Year’s Eve in Chiang Mai, Thailand: In the past three years, I’ve rung in the New Year in the strangest of ways – in 2016, laying out alone under a canopy of trees in rural Maharashtra, trying to see the stars from the gaps in between; in 2015, falling asleep before midnight in Sri Lanka; in 2014, in the visa-on-arrival queue in Bangkok after my Dubai plans fell through! …
I knew nothing about Taiwan except stinky tofu…
The first thing I noticed about him was the fresh blood stain on his shoulder rag.