Beyond the borders
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Beyond the borders

Every day, at sharp 4, in a village called Wagah, there is a mad rush as people try to form a straight line which will extend to a kilometer or two. It involves pushing around, shouting and hurling abuses. It also involves being shouted at by people in uniform. They …

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Journey to the centre of the earth- Belum Caves
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Journey to the centre of the earth- Belum Caves

A sunny day and as I drive towards my destination, I keep imagining the place I am about to visit.  Known as the second largest cave in Indian subcontinent and the longest caves in plains of Indian Subcontinent I wonder how they will be? How huge they will be!! I …

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Creme brûlée at a Parisien café
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CREME BRÛLÉE AT A PARISIEN CAFÉ

Of course we’ve all fantasized of touring Paris, traversing La Seine in boat, shopping and perhaps a romantic date. Yet, Paris is so much more than this and so little. While sitting at a corner cafe in Paris, you watch the world speed by in a blur of cars with …

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Tirupati - pilgrimage city that beckons
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Tirupati – pilgrimage city that beckons

Does the pilgrimage city of Tirupati need any introduction? It is one of the most ancient and sacred pilgrimage spots of Hindu Dharma across the globe and on each year millions of devotes visit the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in India to show reverence. The pilgrimage city is located in the state of Andhra Pradesh, basically at the foothills of Tirumala, in India and owes its …

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Tigers, honey and widows
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Tigers, honey and widows

The liquor was colorless, but pungent and foul-smelling. I felt like throwing up when it wet my tongue before making its fiery way to the stomach. But once the initial shock was over, it began to seem fine. Subhash Naskar told me it was called Bangla or Desi, which meant …

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The Kanchenjunga, the queen and the marvelous Toy Train
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The Kanchenjunga, the queen and the marvelous “Toy Train”

His name is Dipak Chettri. This 65-year-old man is acquainted with most aspects of today’s fast, hurried life but has never compromised with one of his cherished obsessions. Sitting in front of me on this little compartment of this adorable “toy train” on our way to Darjeeling, he says he …

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Somewhere in Africa
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Somewhere in Africa

Sitting in a class, I watch lazily as my teacher scribbles away something on the board which slowly begun to grow hazy, her voice a faint mumble in the background as I drift away with my thoughts. Life has surely been on a monotonous note ever since I can remember. …

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