Weimar – Where Bauhaus Began

Exploring the origins of a radical design movement that while very short-lived, left a lasting impact on every aspect of the post modern world.

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Europe By Train – City Breaks For The Time-Constrained

Come summer, I am flooded with requests for itinerary options for multi-city breaks in Europe. My suggestion to one friend to stay put in Paris with just five days on hand, didn’t go down too well. She was concerned there wouldn’t be enough to keep her occupied since she’d already ‘done’ the Eiffel Tower and…

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Kabini – A River Romance

This is our first time in Kabini during the rains. Our two previous visits were deliberately planned around the dry period between February – April, when the parched land forces its wild denizens out into clearings around the river, almost guaranteeing big cat sightings. This time it is the jungle that is the hero, in…

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Hampi – Experiencing The Spirit Of The Land

Located just four km from the edge of the famed UNESCO heritage site, the Orange County Hampi is the third in the Orange County stable, and surely its grandest. A gorgeous reinterpretation of the spirit of royal Vijayanagara.

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Our First Airbnb Experience And Why It Won’t Be Our Last

I wake up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, just as R walks in with a bag of flaky croissants from the patisserie nearby. As we devour them along with half a kilo of luscious strawberries, sweet yogurt and creamy Pag cheese from the daily market, we ask ourselves why we have steered clear of apartments so far. R jokes…

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Thanjavur – Reimagining Tamil Traditions At Svatma,

Loss of diversity, especially in the urban milieu, is inevitable in a globalised world. Pizza will often replace paniyaram. Or cappuccino, filter kaapi. But what does one do when one’s native cultural symbols begin to feel inadequate? Unsophisticated? The Subrahmaniam’s – Chennai based dancer/architect Krithika, and her developer husband, Sumant’s – response to their young son’s disenchantment with things Indian, was to find a way to reintroduce him…

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