Tag Archives: India

Roller coaster ride to Kashmir

Jammu to Kashmir Highway — Photo courtesy: Steve Evans — Wikimedia Commons

Kashmir’s hasn’t been a safe visit in years. Just this week there were people killed on both sides of the border from shelling by the Indian and Pakistani governments. But when I travelled north from Jaipur to Jammu, all was quiet on the northern front. Continue reading Roller coaster ride to Kashmir

India’s Pink City

Pink is my least favourite colour but after Gujarat, I headed for Jaipur on the clanking train route and forgave the city for being pink. This walled wonder contained exquisite buildings amongst the neglected present. Continue reading India’s Pink City

Mumbai movie mania

Photo courtesy: Humajunn Peerzaada — Wikimedia Commons

Flying into Mumbai, the old familiar odour hit the senses as soon as I exited the airport. Nothing seemed to have changed in my five-year absence. The traffic was chaotic; the sound of horns trumpeted the vast city; and the heat and humidity glued my clothes to my back. In spite of these discomforts, I was excited to return. Continue reading Mumbai movie mania

India’s Ellora and Ajanta Caves

On another tourist’s recommendation, I travelled north-east to the Buddhist caves cut into the side of a mountain. Some were elaborate, others simple, but all had a musty smell. Continue reading India’s Ellora and Ajanta Caves

Try South Indian paan if you want to break a tooth

Photo courtesy: MacKay Savage — Wikimedia Commons

A foolish choice I made when I was younger, was smoking. By the time I got to India however, I wanted to quit the vile habit. Continue reading Try South Indian paan if you want to break a tooth

Did you catch India’s stainless steel mania?

Most people who travel to India catch one of those bugs where they can’t leave the washroom for days, but the bug I caught was the stainless steel kind. Continue reading Did you catch India’s stainless steel mania?