Travel & Getaways

Wine Tasting Escapade

Reading Time: 4 minutesWinemaking in France started 2600 years ago. In the 19th century, some fungal disease wiped out the vineyards. So the French used some hybrid variety from the USA after the vineyards were destroyed. Wine making again started with full vigour. Dr. Paramita takes us on a tour of French vineyards and wineries, in the weekly column, […]

Meeting Simba, the Lion

Reading Time: 3 minutesNow in the third installment let us talk about a real folk we came all the way to the Dark Continent to meet up with, our colourful four-footed cousins of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian varieties. Soumya takes us on a tour of the Masai, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Our guide asked […]

At the Nick of Time at Big Ben

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe Big Ben fell silent from 21st August 2017 for repairs. It will be silent up to 2021 i.e., a period of four years. Conservation work is being carried out on the famous clock of Westminster Abbey. The Big Ben is a nineteenth-century clock housed in the clock tower which is called the Elizabeth Tower. In […]

Thiruvananthapuram: The City of Beaches and Temples

Reading Time: 3 minutesTrivandrum is fairly well connected with all major cities through rail network and convenient flights. It is an amalgam of the old and the new – elements of modern architecture jostling for space with old temples, palaces and more, says Ruchira, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Deep down south, on the western […]

The Story of Masai, a Fascinating African Tribe

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe most fascinating tribe who constitute the largest section of the population are the Masai.  Their language, Swahili, is the official language of both Tanzania and Kenya and is widely spoken across central Africa.  The Masai are nomadic herders who have chosen to maintain their lifestyle and culture over the centuries with the modern world making an […]

A Tale of Two Villages: Cradle of Spirituality

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn Hooghly district of West Bengal, lie two nondescript yet idyllic villages, Kamarpukur and Jairambati. The two idyllic villages are the birthplaces of Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Saradamoni. Ruchira tells us about a visit to these two divine places, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. In Hooghly district of West Bengal, within a […]

Ten Tips to Ensure a Safe Holiday in the Mountains

Reading Time: 4 minutesMahima gives us ten tips for a safe holiday in the mountains, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. Brought up in the hills near Shimla, it is but obvious that mountains keep pulling me back to their enchanting aura off and on, year after year. But this year when I took a working […]

Jambo: Welcome to the Endless Grasslands

Reading Time: 4 minutesWe drove on through the Ngorang Ngora highlands and into the Savannah, where the great animal migration was gathering steam. We encountered thousands of herbivores from the gigantic giraffe to the diminutive diki diki, the ubiquitous gnu, the spectacular zebra, six types of antelopes and dozens of predators from the mighty Simba the Lion, the […]

I Met Myself Far From the Madding Crowd

Reading Time: 4 minutesSarika took a break from the routine. She packed her backpack and travelled solo to meet herself. Read about her adventure, exclusively in Different Truths. Travelling is very much there on my card, since childhood. I have travelled a lot! At times people wonder about my whereabouts. We keep travelling; if there are two days […]

Caught amidst Fierce Rain in Chail

Reading Time: 4 minutesWith 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 the skin, […]