Markets of the World

I realize I often look to markets to grasp a more ‘real’ feel of the place I’m visiting. Beyond the famous monuments that make it to travel brochures, and visual media that often portrays a reality quite different from what exists, and immaculate museums that document the (accepted) history of the place, there are everyday men…

A Bhutan Visit Stamped on the Mind

A mention of Bhutan evokes images of serenely beautiful pastures, gorgeous Buddhas, Gross National Happiness, and the Taktsang monastery clinging to a cliff-side high above Paro valley. But did you know about Bhutan’s amazing stamps that sing to you (that’s right) or give you a whiff of local roses (no kidding)? Now those are some unique souvenirs…

The Big Fat Sri Lanka Planner

After quite a few queries from friends on how to plan their holidays to Sri Lanka, I figured that a better (and lazier, in the long run – hah, foresight) solution was to write a post on everything I could possibly tell a friend in terms of general recommendations, tips and advice. So here it is,…