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The Year that was 2015

The Year that was 2015

Another year has passed and it’s time to stop and look back; take stock of my journeys, not only in terms of travel but the journeys which opened a new horizon for me and helped me see the world with diverse perceptions.

I know it is so cliché to reflect back but it’s something I have been doing all these years…. to see how enriching my walk has been.


Did I achieve something in year 2015?

Yes and No.

World Heritage Day

Today is World Heritage Day. There are 30 World Heritage sites in India, and 981 in the whole world. Can anybody visit them in one life? Yes, I know of a person who visits only Heritage sites and he’s been doing it for last 6 years! Slowly, one by one.
While I am not fortunate enough to be like him, I am contended with my own pace. When I look at the pictures of the sites I’ve visited, I feel quite happy.

Today I share pictures of few of the Heritage sites visited by me. I have many more but then this post will be very long. 🙂

Rice terraces Batad

Rice terraces of Batad, Philippines

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Celebrating Chinese New Year

If you ask me one reason why I like Chinese New Year, my reply would be that it’s very colorful and exotic. The streets and houses are decorated with red and golden lamps & lanterns of different shapes and designs, the markets are buzzed with all kinds of gift items, decorative pieces and flower and there is a festive mood everywhere.

street selling new year lamps in China

A street in China town, Kuala Lumpur.

The Chinese

Looking back at Year 2013

Another year has passed and it’s time to look back and take stock of my journeys, not only in terms of travel but the journeys which opened a new horizon in front of me and helped me see the world with diverse perceptions.
As I always say, I count my memories, not the places and I am happy that my travel memories are far more and better than the destinations.

marina bay sands Singapore

Marina Bay sands, Singapore

For this recap

Ramadan Recipes

It is that time of the year when we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi. There are a variety of sweets made on this occasion and offered to the Lord Ganesha. Today I’ll talk about the delicacies prepared in Malaysia…. not for this festival but for another festival called Eid or Ramadan.

ramadan delicacy

Ramadan bazaars are full of Malay dishes – curries, rendang, porridges, roasts, and rice cakes in endless varieties together with sweets, pastries and traditional juices. What better way to start with sweet dishes which I learnt in a

Feasting on Ramadan Delicacies

I returned yesterday after soaking myself in the local culture & feasting on local culinary delights of Ramadan of a few countries. It was that time of the year again. The followers of Islam in India, Malaysia, Turkey and other parts of the world fast during the daylight hours of the month long festival of Eid-ul-Fitr or Ramadan maintaining their self-resistance towards their needs and urges. Come evening, they break their fast with mouth watering dishes in this holy month with much gusto.
This year I followed the Ramadan food trail from Istanbul to Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. Each city had its own variation of certain culture and eateries that specialize in certain types of cuisines.

ramadan delicacy

In Turkey I roamed

Malaysian Food Festival

Last week I was invited to attend the Malaysian Food Festival which is being held in Mumbai. When I reached there, I was welcomed by the very warm & courteous staff of India Jones, Hotel Trident and was guided to a corner table near a French window.

The ambience was perfect for a quiet lunch. From my seat I could see almost whole of the restaurant. On right hand side a large family was seated on a long table. They were celebrating some occasion. It wasn’t a birthday; perhaps somebody’s achievement? On another table a family of five from three generations was having a quiet lunch. The table next to mine on left hand side was occupied by a young couple, who was discussing spirituality while savoring the Malaysian delicacy.

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