Category Archives: Travel

Travel in the Time of Covid: A Guide to Exploring the World during a Pandemic

“I’m going to unfollow you,” a friend griped in response to our social media posts. “No, but really, how are you possibly travelling now?” another asked incredulously. In a global pandemic, with most of the world fluctuating in and out … Continue reading

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Redefining Both Vacation and Work – My Three Weeks in Bali

At the end of 2014 and start of 2015, I spent 3 weeks in Bali, which led to some insights about the nature of both vacation and work for entrepreneurs in the 21st century – and how I started to … Continue reading

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Colombia’s Beauty Mania: Vignettes from the Curve Lines

Colombia is extraordinarily proud of its women. Before I arrived, every person who had been here (and several who hadn’t), whether male or female, would emit a quiet whistle and say “Colombia! Oh boy, the women there!” What’s the best … Continue reading

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The Right Turning: Travel and Graham Greene

The essay below was commissioned by Outlook Traveller. They asked me for a piece on Graham Greene that reviewed 3-4 of his books, yet kept as focus the theme of travel in Greene’s work. However, since they haven’t published it in … Continue reading

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Bridges in Sadiya

This is the last of my columns on Northeast India for First City magazine, a double feature combining August and September’s columns (which does make it a bit long, but I hope worthwhile). Comments, etc. welcomed. ————————– Bridges in Sadiya You’re … Continue reading

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Tawang

July’s column (and pictures, also mine) for First City magazine. Comments welcome. ————— Tawang Say it with me; let the name roll gently of your tongue: Tawang. The moment I first heard that name, I knew I would go there one … Continue reading

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Consuming Kohima (Part 2): Chewing at Night

This month’s post for First City magazine. Comments welcome. ————————— Consuming Kohima (Part II): Chewing at Night Author’s note: It’s been my explicit intention in these columns not to delve into the conflicts that plague Northeast India, since I believe it … Continue reading

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Consuming Kohima (Part 1): Tasting by Day

May’s column for First City magazine. Comments welcome! ——————————————— Consuming Kohima (Part I): Tasting By Day Like most people, my first impressions of Nagaland come from Dimapur, the most widely used border crossing for all visitors to Nagaland via Assam. If … Continue reading

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On Roads Less Travelled

April’s column for First City magazine. Pliz to comment. ——————————— On Roads Less Travelled A Musical Introduction “Here”, he said, thrusting a hard-bound copy of Amartya Sen’s The Argumentative Indian into my hands. “Sit down and read this. I have just one … Continue reading

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Magical Mystery Majuli

March’s column for First City magazine. Bouquets and brickbats welcome. —————————– Magical Mystery Majuli As we walked towards the ornate arched gateway, I mentally prepared myself for a bit of a wait. Like all other visitors to northeast India, I’d … Continue reading

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