The Forbidden Vacation

“The real voyage discovery consists not in seeking view, but in having new eyes.” The words of Marcel Proust echo in my ears as I open my eyes with the utmost reluctance. Opening the balcony doors to let in some fresh air, I notice that the city is still asleep. The dimly lit streetlights line... Continue Reading →

Travel Stories 9 : Virtuous Varanasi

The Vande Bharat Express, with its sleek, modern and futuristic design, shunted its way to Varanasi Junction Railway Station. At first glance, it did seem to paint an ironic picture. This settlement towards the very east of Uttar Pradesh is known to be as old as time itself, being the epicenter of Hinduism. Nevertheless, the... Continue Reading →

Travel Stories 8 : Non-touristing in Belgrade

When you visit a place as a so-called ‘foreigner’, a tourist, if you may, don’t you wish you could just stay there? Typical grass-is-greener-on-the-other-side syndrome. You come across a majestic monument, or a quaint street, and you think, how pretty, imagine if I lived here. If you lived here, would you appreciate the antiquity of... Continue Reading →

Travel Stories 7 : Comfortably Numb at Baku

Usually, the cultural explosion takes place right when the tourist steps out on the streets of the foreign city. But for your beloved narrator, this happens way before that; the moment he enters the airport. Surely, airports aren’t supposed to be that different right? All of the airports at cities in India have that massive... Continue Reading →

Travel Stories 6 : Disconnected in Vibhuti

The sunlight flitted into the room through the windows. Just when we thought the heat could not get any worse, the electricity went off, switching off the sole fan that was working. Like the hot air in the room poorly circulating before settling down on our already sweaty backs; realization dawned on us. With no... Continue Reading →

Travel Stories 5: Beyond the Beaches in Goa

Boasting beautiful beaches, dynamic nightlife, vibrant Portuguese influences, and the buzzing street markets, it is no surprise that Goa is one of the most sought after vacation destinations in India. No matter where you visit, the crowd is inevitable. This is why it is very unusual to say that I had experienced one of the... Continue Reading →

Travel Stories 4: Lost in Bangkok

We have always been dependent on technology to take us around. With GPS in almost every device, exploring new cities have become much easier or that’s what we thought when we set foot in Bangkok. Nestled on the banks of Chao Praya river, Bangkok or Krung Thep as locally known, is a commercial and cultural... Continue Reading →

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