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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Shillong Guide: Where to Eat

Jadoh: Best for Khasi cuisine Having been around for quite some time now, Jadoh is one of the most affordable and authentic eat-outs in Shillong for Khasi food. It makes most of the limited space, it has a shelf running along its breadth and numerous moras (cane seats) under it. The self service counter will introduce…

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The Contrasting Wonders of Taiwan

While each travel is unique, some are surprisingly different. Taiwan is a multilayered country with contrasting elements. There is the cosmopolitan Taipei and then the traditional town of Shifen. At the northern cape of the island-country is the sea-eroded Yehliu Geopark while along the length runs Chung Yang Shan mountain range. And between the indigenous…

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