Grief, Pride & Hope In My Submerged City

Its been eerily silent this past week. I normally revel in the quiet of my neighbourhood, but this is the silence of devastation. Of a city knocked to its knees.  I miss the sounds I whined about. Of engines backfiring in the distance. Of the howling of strays or the keening of koels that shake me from my sleep at […]

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Behind The Scenes: Three Years Of Blogging

I had given scant thought to the hows and whys of blogging in the three years since I started The Urge To Wander.  A nomination by the lovely Kathryn, of Travel With Kat, for a ‘Blog Hop’ that requires me to do just that, seemed like the perfect subject for an anniversary post. Thank you Kathryn! And […]

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The Urge To Wander Now On Viber Public Chats!

I am excited to announce The Urge To Wander’s own chat stream on Viber Public Chats: a new feature by Viber, launched just this morning. Download the latest version of Viber and follow live updates at chats.viber.com/theurgetowander on your smartphones.

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Happy Birthday Madras!

The skew, in a ledger of Chennai’s pluses and minuses, would be decidedly negative. Its famously hot and humid weather leading from the front. Followed by pitiful infrastructure: a subway still under construction and lagging decades behind Kolkata and Delhi, the worst airport of the metro cities, no decent flyovers to speak of, and traffic jams fast overtaking notorious Bangalore statistics. […]

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Farewell Dear Friend

  Christine of Dadirridreaming died this morning. It is strange how some of our virtual connections seem so real. So special. How they transcend time and space and the barriers of geography, race and religion. My friendship with Christine was one such. We ‘met’ in February 2012,  just a month after I started my blog, and I have cherished my […]

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Ten Thousand Shades Of Green…..

I had forgotten the smell of the hills. The fresh clean smell of rarefied mountain air mingled with the spicy fragrance of eucalyptus and the aroma of crushed tea leaves. But as we negotiated each tricky hairpin bend on our drive up the Coonoor ghat, it was the colours that opened the flood gates of my memory. The lush verdancy of […]

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Melancholy Reflections…..

I had meant this to be a gallery of vibrant reflections, one from each of our 2013 travel destinations. A year end review, and a celebration of my urge to wander.   But the shocking demise of my sister’s daughter in law – a beautiful, vivacious, happy go lucky and heartbreakingly young mother of a two […]

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Just Google It!

The increased reach of internet connectivity has no doubt robbed travel agents of many commission dollars – our agent has point blank refused to help with visas alone, ever since we started booking flights and hotels online – while it has opened up untold opportunities to the independent traveler. With access to vast databases of […]

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A Graceful Gathering…..

We stumbled upon this conclave of Indian Antelope (Black Buck), in the park around Akbar’s tomb in Sikandra. You have got to love those long twisted horns! I was particularly fascinated by the rapt attention the little white ‘guest speakers’ commanded! Wonder what they had to say that was so riveting? Some serious tips on […]

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Paris Moments

My exquisitely plated starter at Pirouette restaurant, that foreshadowed a deliciously perfect evening. Now before you jump to conclusions let me assure you, we did a lot more than eat our way through Paris.

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