Travel & Getaways

tea, salt, and teranga

Reading Time: 8 minutesNot all salt harvesters are held in equal esteem. As in many economically-challenged zones across the world, outside Dakar, in the shallow basin of Senegal’s Lac Rose, salt workers labour under the unrelenting heat of the dry-season sun, earning a pittance compared to the sums received by the package-marketers of the salt they produce.  Children […]

The Magical Mystery of Enigmatic and Enchanting East Africa

Reading Time: 11 minutesNayna takes us on a tour of two East African countries, Tanzania and Rawanda. She tells us the wondrous tales of a world heritage site, Stone Town, in Zanzibar, the largest national parks, including Serengeti and Ngorongoro, and camping under the open sky, in tents, in Tanzania. Kigali, a very pretty hill station; the Akagera […]

Do the Lions Have Their Own Storytellers?

Reading Time: 17 minutesArindam, our Editor-in-Chief, talks about the ownership of the narrative of Africa, by its people, using the ‘lion’ metaphor, by Chinua Achebe. He tells us how he discovered Africa within him, during his formative years. Four insightful edits by the Africa Special Issue editors, Michele Baron, Luz María López, Olaitan Maryam Mojisola, and Swati Kumar, deepen […]

Snapshots from South: A Redux

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira tells us about two getaways, both quaint, in Kerala. These are Poovar and Padmanabhapuram Palace, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. While writing my memoirs about certain places of tourist interest down south, I had inadvertently missed out on two unique places. Later, however, to quote Wordsworth, they “flashed upon my inward […]

Thrills and Perils of Travelling Light

Reading Time: 3 minutesHumourist Soumya tells us about the thrills and perils of travelling light, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. From my student days, I had got addicted to the pleasures of unplanned and impulsive travel without fixed itinerary and agenda. The mode of travel used to vary from local buses, general compartment in trains […]

Kuala Lumpur: A Jewel of the East

Reading Time: 4 minutesRuchira takes us on a tour of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. She discovers many interesting aspects of the remarkable city, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. Right from my childhood whenever I read about the east-Asian city Kuala Lumpur (KL) in geography or general knowledge books, I was not impressed. The […]

A Perfect Horrible Day

Reading Time: 5 minutesDr. Paramita takes us through the trials and tribulations of a visit to the Disneyland in Paris, with her daughter. Read more, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. As a child in school many times we had to write an essay ‘on a day gone wrong’. I really didn’t ever experience a day […]

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 […]