Having a Ball in Bali

Having a Ball in Bali

Bali as a tourist destination is made even more popular because of the easy access through direct international flights from most countries. However, I opted to fly into Denpasar from Jakarta, after breaking journey there for two days. The 30 day free visa on arrival...
A Glimpse of Heaven–Kashmir

A Glimpse of Heaven–Kashmir

As soon as our flight begins its descent into Srinagar, I see a glimpse of heaven as snow-capped mountains, flowing rivulets, and Chinar trees appear and take shape below. This is a family holiday and in the next eight days, I will see many more sights that will make...
Charmed by Budapest

Charmed by Budapest

My first impression from the bus entering Budapest, after a pleasurable tour of the Herend Porcelain Manufactory, is not a pleasant one. Streets congested with vehicular traffic and jams remind me of my home-city of Bangalore. But there the comparison ends, as I am...
Convent-Educated

Convent-Educated

In recent weeks, the chief of the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS) brought up the motives of the late Mother Teresa.  When doing so, he joined other Hindutva supporters, who had expressed their suspicions about her activities and saw in them, a desire for religious...
The Wonders of Saxony

The Wonders of Saxony

Saxony, in Germany, is like something out of a picture book with its baroque castles, distinctive cobblestone streets, the beautiful Elbe river, the towering Ore Mountains, lush green meadows and a vibrant cityscape. Where Saxony scores over other places in Germany,...