It’s a fact of life that over time we get inured to the beauty of things we see around us. The gasp of delight elicited by the first look at Marine Drive fades away over time.
We start to see it as part of the commute, instead of the place of beauty that we saw it as initially. It is the fate of the known and the familiar, the easily accessible to be taken for granted. Read more
A couple of weeks back I went kayaking at Girgaum Chowpatty. I was a bit sceptical about it initially; the water’s going to be so dirty, I kept thinking. It was quite dirty, but not as bad as I expected, clearing up rapidly as we drew away from the shore. Read more
Do travel writers play a role in aiding the desecration of a destination by writing about it and praising it pristine beauty? By telling people just how to get there and where to stay and the highlights to enjoy, do we encourage the hordes to head there and speed along the destruction of all that is quaint and pretty and ‘untouched’? Read more
I have rather ambivalent feelings about the effect tourism has on a place.
It puts a destination on the travel map, bringing visitors who’re happy to have a new place to see and, along with them, money, new livelihoods and growth to the place and its people. Read more