Travel & Getaways

Caught amidst Fierce Rain in Chail

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Spread the love           With lightning flashes and thunder in the background taking shelter under the trees didn’t seem advisable. Anyway, we were reluctant to leave the track and enter the dark woods. The track was fast turning into slush making running impossible. We made our way as fast as possible occasionally slipping and soaked up to […]


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The Ancient Walled City

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Spread the love           The walls around Toledo are an example of one of the most fortified complex systems of the Middle Ages in Europe. It is one of the oldest cities of the region. We saw ruins which date back to 3000 years. This city on hills has seen several different cultures sweep over it. Paramita […]


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The Iron Lady of France

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Spread the love           The Eiffel Tower is the backbone of Paris.  It is a permanent feature of the Paris skyline. The Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars was completed on March 31, 1889. It was the tallest man-made structure for 41 years until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York, in 1930. Dr. Paramita […]


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

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Spread the love            Vietnam 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 […]


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

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Spread the love           The 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 […]


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Cooped up in Kodaikanal

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Spread the love            Continuing 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 […]


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Singapore: It is a Faustian Deal

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Spread the love            Singapore 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. […]


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Mapless in Madras

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Spread the love            The 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 […]


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An Amazing Experience

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Spread the love            Is 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 […]


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Life is Short and the World is Wide

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Spread the love            Hong 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 […]


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