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Jamaica Ya Man! Travels to The Land of Bob Marley

Jamaica Ya Man! Travels to The Land of Bob Marley

Negril, with the longest, continuous stretch of white sand beach in Jamaica, is where the ganja cookie crumbles at a laid-back pace. My husband and I flew into Jamaica’s Montego Bay airport and drove to Negril, about two hours away. Adult-only hotels are tucked into...
Was your childhood name Chikoo?

Was your childhood name Chikoo?

In truth there is absolutely no need to make sorbet out of sapotes. A sapote is perfectly sorbet-like if you just chop it up and stick it in the freezer and then eat it, ideally with your hands and straight out of the serving dish, a few hours later. Blending,...
Thailand Plays Holi with Talcum Powder

Thailand Plays Holi with Talcum Powder

Every year in April Thailand erupts into a street party that lasts nearly a week. Songkran is officially observed between 13th and 15th of April as a three day national holiday. It is marked with smearing of colorful or white talcum powder on everyone you meet, and...
In Royal Style on the Palace on Wheels

In Royal Style on the Palace on Wheels

Having had a modest wedding ceremony 25 years ago, my husband and I found a perfect romantic getaway for our anniversary, a compromise between his desire for luxury and my own ascetic leanings. We took a celebratory trip on the Palace on Wheels, the imperial train...
The Lady from Sri Lanka

The Lady from Sri Lanka

Nearly 2000 miles north of Sri Lanka the first stone structure being built in India featured a lady from Lanka, a Yakshi swung from the gate. The Stupa at Sanchi was commissioned by the emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BCE . © 2013 The Art Institute of Chicago The...
48 Hours in Varanasi

48 Hours in Varanasi

The word ‘Varanasi’ is derived by joining together the names of two rivers, Varuna and Assi. It is also known as Banaras, the city where the juice of happiness (rasa) is forever ready (bana) in life. The city has a total of 87 ghats. While one could spend a lifetime...