The last time I was at a concert, I remember this moment where I peeled my eyes away from the stage for just a bit to look at the people around me. I realised that more than half the people there were so engrossed taking photographs and shooting videos for later that they were missing out on experiencing the music now. Read more
Last year I went to China. Since I’m not vegetarian, food wasn’t a big issue. So the next thing everyone wanted to know was: How did you deal with the language problem?
Now, language certainly was an issue. After being floored completely by the impressive infrastructure that the country has, I realised that the only real edge we have over China is the large number of people in our country who speak English so fluently (that and of course, democracy, as my more politically correct friends keep reminding me). Read more
There are two kind of travellers in the world. Those who pack light, and those who don’t.
And one can never understand the other.
I belong to the former group. We believe that if the duffel bag we’re taking for the week-long trip is filled to capacity, that’s one-too-many things to carry. Read more
Being a travel editor, I get all sorts of submissions from people claiming to be travel writers, from the very good to the absolutely scary. Different things go into making a great piece – good writing, an unusual experience, a certain perspective, etc, etc – but one of the absolute essential basics, according to me, is that a person have actually visited the place. Read more
On a business meeting in Japan, many, many years ago, my dad found himself confronted with a bowl of soup that had tiny fish swimming in it. He describes it as one of those filmi moments when the clinching of the deal depended on his being able to swallow down those live fish and keep the prospective business partners in a happy mood; so he did. Read more