Photo Story: Winterthur Local Market, Switzerland

Winterthur was a revelation. Only 20 minutes away from Zurich, this is the sixth largest city in Switzerland and is a playground for explorers. On a Tuesday morning, I walked a few steps away to explore the weekly market in the heart of the Old Town. Every Tuesday and Friday, the farmer’s market has many local visitors. The…

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Testing the Travel Trails 

Have you read about the marshmallow test for kids? It is psychological test done by a Stanford professor back in the 1960s. He welcomes nursery school children in a room one-by-one and tests them for grit and self control. He puts a marshmallow or a sweet treat in front of each child and gives them…

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Photo Story: Cycling Around Bruges, Belgium

‘Bruges can be explored entirely on the bike’ said Tom, my guide, as we got acquainted outside a bike rental on the cobbled streets of the Belgian city. Dating back to the 9th century, Bruges  was discovered by the Vikings. It rose to a major trading town in the 12th century, owing to the excellent…

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Tile Tales of Andalusia, Spain

As I walked around southern Spain’s Andalusia district, the one thing that kept me company was the multi-coloured, geometric tiles. Initially, it was their attractive patterns that drew me towards them. Usually in two or three colours, these tiles are seen lightly bordering the edges of windows, or visibly etched into palatial walls. Their psychedelic…

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Women Authors Who Inspire

I’m taking a detour this March. I navigate my compass from travel towards literature. Books have shaped my life to a large extent. The power of words and storytelling has seldom escaped me. Of course, such influences are not exclusive for me. As I grew up, my diverse social circle opened windows and conversations to…

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