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CREATING A HOME FOR YOU, AWAY FROM HOME
A home away from home. Most hotels will claim this with much pride. But do many of them live up to it? Not really. I’ve spent close to a decade-and-a-half as a hotel reviewer and I might have come across a handful of properties that...
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BACK TO MOTHER NATURE
As I talk to Eldo Pachilakkadan, he has just finished his lunch – half a jackfruit. But then, for Eldo, there is no such thing as lunch and dinner. When he is hungry, he plucks a few fruits from his garden and eats them, just...
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THE JUNGLE IS CALLING, WHERE ARE YOU?
Forest fire. Sighting of wild bison, langurs, elephants, kingfishers, deer, antelope, peacocks, monkeys... the roar of a tiger... the cry of a bison under attack. These are all the things I encountered on my way to Wild Walkers. Welcome to the 100acre Bellikkal estate in...
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MONSOON GETAWAY
The torrent that accosted us at the last leg of a narrow mountainous road, made me wonder if we would ever reach the cozy little resort, tucked away in the hills, a little farther away from town. By the time we pulled in the driveway...
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THE YEAR’S MOST EXCITING CARS, YET!
The most anticipated show every year in the car world is the Geneva Motor Show. This year however, unfortunately due to the COVID – 19 virus, the show had to be cancelled and manufacturers were forced to take their reveals online. Here’s a look at...
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A WEEKEND IN BARCELONA
Arriving: Like most European cities, Barcelona has brilliant connectivity. You can get here from all major cities and countries of the world via trains, flights and roads. You can also sail into Barcelona on any of the fancy cuisine liners that are perennially docked here....
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WOMEN & WANDERLUST
It’s a new day; the weekend is about to end and my social media feed is already filled with shiny new travel pictures. People are sharing pictures edited in such a way that it makes you yearn to travel, even if you aren’t someone who...
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OLD FOOD NEW AVATAR
The millet craze has officially taken over South India. And while I do agree that it’s largely an urban phenomenon, one cannot ever deny that our rural gourmands have never really stopped using these delicious millets in their daily lives. The millet varieties change over...
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WHEN AMBIENCE MAKETH THE FOOD
There is no denying that the love of food is real, but how far can you actually go for food — the other end of town, the other end of the city, the other end of the country? Well, what if we tell you that...
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PARTAKING IN THE GLORY OF CHETTINAD’S PAST
The year was 1997. Amrish Puri, the village jamindar, is sitting in an opulent verandah surrounded by eager villagers. While the scene from an iconic Bollywood film remains hazy, the aesthetics of the room in which Puri sat — ornate Burma teak doors, gilded windows,...
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