24 Feb 2017

Experience: How to see New York In A Day

Take a walk with Walks of New York

Of course, you can't see ALL of New York in a day. Or in a week for that matter. Trust me, I tried! 

But if you're pressed for time and in the city for a day or two, the New York in A Day tour from Walks of New York is a great way to hit the major sights. If you're in the Big Apple for a longer period of time, I'd still recommend that you take this (mostly) walking tour because it is a fantastic way to get your bearings, tick things off your list and make a note of places you want to come back to and explore further. 

22 Feb 2017

Stay: Le Meridien Jaipur

Where to stay in Jaipur, India

What do you say when a luxury hotel invites you to the Pink City and gives you the opportunity of meeting one of your favourite authors? Yes, of course!

That's exactly what happened a month ago. I was invited to attend one of the top literature festivals in the sub-continent, the 10th edition of the wildly popular Jaipur Literature Fest (JLF). Amongst the many speakers and panelists at JLF was the Indian-American author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, who has written bestsellers such as The Palace of Illusions, Oleander Girl, and Mistress of Spices, to name a few. 

I got a chance to interview her at an intimate soiree organised by Le Meridien Jaipur on the penultimate night of JLF. We talked about many things but mainly about her upcoming book, Under The Sorrow Tree, which will be a retelling of the Ramayana from Sita's perspective. The interview was published this weekend in The Hindu Sunday Magazine's new Literary Review feature. You can read it online here

And now, a bit about Le Meridien Jaipur who kindly hosted my stay.

13 Feb 2017

Eat Like A Local: Spain

Spanish food beyond tapas - What to eat and where in Spain

I squint at the menu in the low light of the restaurant at Hotel San Antonio el Real in Segovia in central Spain. When I read the description of Cochinillo Asado I know instantly what I’m having for dinner. The whole roast suckling pig is a Segovian specialty and is cooked in a huge wood-fired oven. My plate arrives with a large piece of pork shoulder, with a golden brown, crispy and flavourful skin, and as I sink my fork the insides are soft and juicy. 

Roast suckling pig from Segovia © INSTITUTO DE TURISMO DE ESPAÑA

31 Jan 2017

Eat Like A Local: Pondicherry

What to eat and where in Pondicherry / Puducherry

Here are my recommendations on eating out in Pondicherry. For a list of best cafes, see my previous post Smell The Coffee: Pondicherry

Most of these restaurants are located in the French Quarter since we stayed at a hotel in this neighbourhood. We did venture into the Tamil Quarter once for what turned out to be our best meal! We also tried an 'eating with a local' experience, which was stellar. Read on. 

5 Jan 2017

Smell The Coffee: Pondicherry

These are the best cafes in Pondicherry / Puducherry 

New Year, new series! 

Since I spend so much time in cafes when I travel, I thought I'd start cataloguing some of my favourites, city-wise. Starting this series off with the last place I visited - Pondicherry / Puducherry / Pondy. 

So if you're planning to visit Pondicherry, these are the places to go for your cuppa joe (and one place to avoid).