5 days in Cambodia | The perfect itinerary

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What’s Cambodia like? Two things define Cambodia today, reminders of which you will find frequently in your time there: Angkor Wat: Which has become a big tourist money spinner and permeates the very fabric of local life. You will find the three spires of the temple everywhere: on road signs, […]

48 hours in Hampi | The perfect itinerary

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Why Hampi? Hampi is an immensely underrated heritage town—underrated by Indians ‘coz the foreigners seemed to have made it their playing field. The town is drop-dead beautiful and awe-inspiring. Every nook has an architectural wonder, not unlike Rome or Pompeii, with scores of stories etched on its stone walls. The […]

Bandra’s Best | Where to eat, shop, and hang out

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Err.. What’s Bandra? Bandra is the queen of Mumbai’s suburbs, one of Time Out’s 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the World. This is where the stereotypical Indian contrasts meet at its extremes: the opulent and the decaying, the migrant and the nouveau riche, the hip and the traditional; they stand out […]

Sunday morning in Bandra | A slow walking itinerary

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Mumbai forms an intrinsic backdrop to most of my books and stories. I describe in extensive detail what I love about this city, which is pretty much everything; the diversity, the unique local mannerisms, the effortlessly hip crowd, the mish-mash tiny houses, the exasperating heat, the torrential rains, the typical […]

Vietnam: Top five experiences

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Vietnam has all the good parts of East Asia—great food, polite service, plenty of ancient culture and wow sights to devour—yet it has subtle differentiating touches of its own. I mean, the sight of scores of locals and tourists sitting on low stools—red and blue—chugging fresh beer (Bia hơi, 20 […]