Travel: New York Diary

New York City

There is something about the energy of New York that hits you like a lightning bolt when you walk the streets, one reason why it is one of my favourite foreign cities. Day One On the Air India non-stop to New York. I took the flight from Bombay nearly three years ago when it first started but have never tried the Delhi version. In fact, it is the perfect way to get to NY. We board at 12.30 am. I have a snack, read for a couple of hours and then go to bed. Our route takes us near the North … [Read more...]

Travel: Holidays in Udaipur


Various international surveys list Udaipur as the top destination in India. But it's a city most Indians haven't been to. Isn't it time we discovered the great hotels and destinations that our own country has to offer? What would you regard as India's greatest destination? Ladakh for its lonely beauty? The backwaters of Kerala? The beaches of Goa? The desert sands of Jaisalmer? The mountains of Kashmir? I suspect that Indians may have a slightly different perspective on holiday … [Read more...]

Travel: Holidays in Turkey

turkey holidays

When travelling around Turkey today -increasingly popular with Indian tourists as a scenic, historic and affordable paradise -it's easy to hit up only the usual hotspots after going to Istanbul: the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, the breathtaking travertines and healing waters of Pamukkale. Not everyone gets to spend time in Selcuk, a lovely Turkish town close to Ephesus, the more well-known site of spectacular ancient ruins and the House of Virgin Mary. Fortuitously, I chose to visit. … [Read more...]

Queensland Holidays: The Great Barrier Reef Islands

The Great Barrier Reef

Early this year, Tourism Queensland ran a campaign titled ‘The Best Job in the World’. They were looking for a caretaker for the islands of the Great Barrier Reef – one of the most beautiful places in the world. The campaign received such a response that the official website crashed on the first day itself. And after a gruelling contest between 16 shortlisted possible caretakers (including one from Bangalore), Britisher Ben Southall landed The Best Job in the World. … [Read more...]