Travel & Getaways

Vietnam: Emerging from the Bitter Past of Wars, a Haven of Rich Culture

Reading Time: 4 minutesVietnam is a living saga, where every corner is a witness of the bitter past, the ugly ravages of war. Here people are very innocent, but they are firm and resolute. Sarika takes us on a tour of Vietnam, exclusively for Different Truths. Vietnam was never on my bucket list. What took me there? A […]

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An Inward Journey to Bodh Gaya: An Awakening of the Self

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Buddhist temples built by many South Asian countries here are unique for pervasive tranquillity that penetrates even the heart of an atheist. The silence is so deep that you can hear our own breathing and heartbeats. It leads one to dive deep into one’s own unconscious mind, perhaps unknowingly. This is one of the […]

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Cooped up in Kodaikanal

Reading Time: 3 minutesContinuing with the backpacking trip in the South of India in the last column, Soumya tells us about a trip to Kodaikanal, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. We took a local bus from Madurai and checked in at the Tamilnadu Tourism Guest House in Kodaikanal.  The town is a very pretty picture-postcard sort […]

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Singapore: It is a Faustian Deal

Reading Time: 5 minutesSingapore tops the ranks in Asia as the city with the best quality of living, well ahead of Tokyo and Hong Kong because of its efficient infrastructure. The multiculturalism of Singapore is felt through a lack of overly obvious religious symbols for all religions and ensuring that celebrations are truly joyous affairs. Rina explores her […]

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Mapless in Madras

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe columnist and his young wife were next woken up at Kanyakumari, which was completely deserted and pitch dark, at about two in the morning, and the bus went off, as did the passengers who alighted there. We two were left quite literally in the dark, lost souls in what appeared to be a ghost […]

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An Amazing Experience

Reading Time: 3 minutesIs it possible that real life experiences replicate the ones that fictional heroes had in books? Soumya, relives some such moments, during a recent trip to England. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. I too, like many of you, re-read Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat whenever I want to destress.  You, no doubt, […]

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Life is Short and the World is Wide

Reading Time: 3 minutesHong Kong in that sense is conveniently located, with its proximity to so many beautiful cities just a couple of hours away.  From Cambodia, Bali to Vietnam and Thailand…all can be accessed on a long extended weekend. Discovery Bay, with its predominantly expat population, becomes very quiet during holidays with almost everyone leaving for a vacation, […]

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Dubai, a Young City, is Future Perfect

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe most remarkable sight is being able to see women and men walk with a feeling of safety and assurance at any hour of the night or day and not be worried about theft or abuse of a person or personal belongings. Rina talks about her relationship with Dubai where she lived with her husband […]

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Tyger! Tyger! Burning Bright

Reading Time: 4 minutesHumourist Soumya narrates a real-life incident of tiger watching, in a different genre, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. The tiger, I had come to the conclusion, was a mythical beast. Years of tramping up to its supposed haunt on days spent peering out of car windows, open jeeps, elephant backs and machans on freezing […]

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Venice: The Wondrous Floating City

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira takes us on a tour of Venice, a quaint city built on a cluster of 118 islands, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. This quaint city built on a cluster of 118 islands, off the coast of northeastern Italy, has evoked fantasy, and imagination down the centuries. Its appearance has remained static […]

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