I Will and I Won’t: Travel Resolutions for 2015


I Will Not… 1. Use Hire (Rental) Cars as an extension of my luggage No longer will I unload my luggage into my hire car until maps, guidebooks, camera accessories and socks (why is it always socks?!) fill the back …

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Death Becomes Her: La Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires


  I like to think that the older I get, the less I care about what other people think. (In my case I was, admittedly, starting from a low base). So I’ve always assumed that by the time I’m, er, …

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Lenin and Friends: Prague’s Museum of Communism


What do you think of, when you think of Communism?

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Sivagiri: One Caste, One Religion, One God


A Hindu temple that is open to anybody is a bit unusual in Kerala. Finding one with a picture of Jesus, a picture of Buddha and an Islamic script is, well, unique. But then Nanoo Swami’s philosophy of “One Caste, …

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Same God Outside


I am not a Hindu. So the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram is off limits to me. The Puttan Malika Palace next door, however, is only too pleased to take my money: Rs 25 for entrance, Rs20 for my camera …

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Let’s Get Together: Bob Marley in Fort Kochi


It was early evening in Fort Cochin. The fish-sellers (“You buy, we cook”) were setting up stall along the seaside walkway. Drivers parked white Suzuki Marutis along the pavements, mopeds whizzed by and families streamed towards the ice-cream sellers. But …

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