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Photo Feature: Picture Postcards

Once you see this, you can never unsee it. Six bronze men descending a flight of stairs, and the further away from them you move, the more broken the figures appear. This stark statuary stands at the base of Petrin hill in Prague. The work of Olbram Zoubek and architects Jan Kerel and Zdeněk Holzel, it’s…

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Travel: Lennon Wall in Prague

    All you need is love… The John Lennon Wall in Prague is a wall with a storied history In a city filled with stunningly beautiful monuments, a   Gothic bridge of much atmospheric antiquity, a languid river, a sprawling Palace complex, the John Lennon Wall is a bit of an anomaly. But there is…

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Travel: To Sakleshpur in a camper

  We are off to Sakleshpur by the Hemavati river,  in a camper, all set to have much fun. Chandrakanth R, CEO of Camper Trails, gently warns us that it might be a bumpy ride to Sakleshpur. The vehicle, he points out, was made for American roads. He adds comfortingly, “We have added leaf springs…

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Travel: Travel Travails

Who wants my passport? Or why anyone who wants to break the travel jinx must travel more. Put simply, something not-so-good happens on every trip I take abroad, which quickly turns the vacation into a not-so-good trip. It took a while for me to see the pattern; now I brace myself for the jinx. Circa…

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Travel: Thotlakonda, Andhra Pradesh

    History on a hill Thotlakonda in Andhra Pradesh is today a hazy hark-back to its glorious Buddhist traditions   It’s a hot day, a very hot day in fact. The sun glares down mercilessly and I`m glad of the foresight to have carried a hat. There is a strong breeze blowing, though, carrying…

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Travel: Indian tourists: the way we are

Nightmare tourists on steroids When on holiday, we desis know just how to jump from being bindaas to crass. I read of the incident that happened last month where the Royal Caribbean International line had to refund passengers after 1,300 Indian men from a gutka company came on board the Voyager of the Seas for…

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Travel: Dambulla Caves, Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka`s Dambulla Cave Temple stuns the viewer into an awed silence. Of late, I have broken a long-time habit, that of reading up on a place before I visit it. Because, when you go someplace you know little or nothing about, the visual pleasure of what you come across is  underlaid  with…

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Travel: Seven Things to Marvel at in New Zealand

Seven Things to Marvel at in New Zealand     From natural beauty to fabulous food and unique local culture, this island country is pure magic The amazing waterbodies The deep blue of Lake Wakatipu; the ice-blue Waikato River With 4,25,000 km of rivers and streams, 4,000 lakes and over 200 underground aquifers at last…

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Photo Feature: Kiwiland Calling!

All photographs by Sheila Kumar. Images are subject to copyright.   The Southern Alps, freshly dusted with snow after Cyclone Gita.   A symphony of colours.     Big sky country.     The Pacific Ocean in all its shimmering glory       Lake Benmore at Omarama.   The NZ troika: cows… .   …bales…

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Travel: Milford and Marlborough, the Sounds of New Zealand

  Speechless in the Sounds A strong ice-tipped wind is blowing through the Fiordland in New Zealand`s South Island when I board the launch that is to take me through the Milford Sound. This is big sky country and the gigantic, chubby clouds moving at a rapid clip overhead makes for a most dramatic sight….

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