15 Indian habits I lost after moving to England.

It's been 2month and 2 weeks since I arrived in England and it's slowly shaping this new person I'm becoming. And even though everybody who decides to move to a new country needs time to adjust to their new environment, I've noticed that some changes are merely accepted overnight (like no fans in your bedroom) while some take awhile (like bundling up for all kinds of weather) But here are some hab...
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Online video is the future of travel content.

If it were five years in the future, would you be reading this blog article or would you be watching it? As online video continues its inimitable rise, it's an interesting question to ponder. I asked the same on twitter and was surprised to see the results of how videos is almost at par with written blogs. While websites, social media, blogs and infographics dominated online travel information ...
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Stopover in Abu Dhabi

If you’re on a long haul international connecting flight on Etihad, you will very likely end up connecting through the Abu Dhabi International Airport. It is located roughly 30 kilometres from the city centre and makes the city a quick destination for those who are stuck on long layovers; the airport also makes it possible to let people get a taste of the Arab culture between flights. There are pl...
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Simple ways to adopt responsible travel.

The sustainable travel movement is strong and growing and includes multiple organisations around the world that are seeking to educate people about how they can help. Many of the suggestions are simple and can be easily incorporated in your day to day travel lifestyle too. It’s important to know the ways to be a sustainable traveller, because many people that may take care of the environment when ...
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10 Essentials for a camping trip.

Ive noticed a trend and rise in how camping is more popular than ever, with more and more people choosing this rustic getaway instead of hitting hotels etc. With the right camping equipment, you can holiday at a low cost with friends and family for years to come. If you are new to camping, this guide will give you a basic knowledge to prepare you for your first trip, it's worth getting a hold of t...
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Explore Dubai on a shoestring budget.

Winter is coming! Yes we're halfway through September, and October is speeding up around the corner and if you're looking for places to end this year with, Dubai should be on the top! Every year airlines swoon with offers and encourage you with excellent deals. Dubai's leading airline in particular will top their offers every winter to convince you to just Fly Emirates. Being the jewel of the M...
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Places to Explore From Dubai

Planning a holiday can be an expensive affair; therefore, researching about your travel options beforehand is one of the greatest options that will save you from extra expenses. With the rise in low cost and budget airlines such as FlyDubai and Qatar airways, it has now  become easier to escape and unwind on a shoe-string budget. Here is a list of all the places I would like to explore in Dubai: ...
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A taste of Brazilian summer in Dubai

The first time i had a bowl of Açai was while i was sun-bathing on the beaches of Ilha grande which is an island in Brazil. Thereafter i was hooked and i made sure i got my daily dose of Açai without fail. In Brazil, Açai cafes, fruit shops and natural food eateries are on every street corner. These serve everything you could imagine – Açai juices, bowls of frozen Açai with fruit and toppings, A...
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Buenos Aires in 24 hours

From wandering the streets of La Boca to outdoor steak houses and from walking through the eerie Recoleta Cemetery to Tango dancing in my converse. Here’s my journey through Buenos Aires, Argentina in 24 hours. Enjoy!
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Moving on, to Dubai!

Hey, Im moving countries!!!! Yes, you read right. I’ve always been interested in other places, people, cultures and languages and after living and working in India for 26 years i know that I’ve always felt that I wanted to experience not just traveling, but living in different places around the world. After years of living out of bags, in between trips through India, just to return home to do...
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Digital Behaviour of Indian Bloggers

Sorav Jain of echoVME conducted a survey on Bloggers in India wherein 350 active bloggers from all over India participated. The objective of the survey was: To understand the pattern of blogging of the top-most bloggers. To explore how bloggers exploit social media platforms for their personal and professional promotion. To know if bloggers understand the basics of SEO. To understand how bra...
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Kingfisher Blue Mile- Andaman Islands

This article was first published on kingfisherworld.com Imagine 7 days of sheer bliss, adventure and good times in the Andamans. For Shibani, Craig, Ravi , Vinay , Roycin and me it will no longer be just a mere figment of our imagination. Thanks to the #kfbluemile we got to travel to the amazing andaman islands and cross things off from our personal bucket lists. From jumping off boats , to scuba...
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Caramelising City – Mumbai’s best caramel custards.

Caramel Custard is a creamy and scrumptious dessert made with caramelised sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla essence. The quintessential dessert that was once served to the reserved palate of Sahibs and Memsahibs of the British era. It is now accessible to the simple man with its yum dollops of tasty and its magnificent texture and mouthwatering taste. Being one of my favourite desserts, if i spot it o...
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Chasing adventures with The Man.

My dad "The man" has always played an important role in my life, from when i was younger and even until now. But the biggest life lesson or quality he instilled in me from a very early age was my thirst for travel and adventure. I remember the memories like they were yesterday. While most of his plans involved pulling us out of school for a few days to discover and learn while we traveled. ...
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Dubai airport’s newest resident

What do you get when you put a penguin in the world's largest international airport? It sounds like the start of a joke, but it is in fact the center of a new social media campaign by Dubai Airport. Meet Pedro the penguin, the two-foot star of the quirky video that depicts his adventures after his journey from the icy glaciers of Antarctica to the hot sandy plains of the UAE and as he explores ...
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Dubai’s finest burgers

This article was originally published on Dubai Voyager in April 2015. While the hamburger may have taken its name from the city of Hamburg, it is undoubtedly the Americans that have brought this humble meat sandwich to its current fame.But Dubai seems to be catching onto the craze with burgers varying in prices from Dhs25 - Dhs130  Here are some of Dubai’s finest burgers: Shake Shack: It may not ...
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Top 10 things to do in Hampi

10) Visit the ruins: Hampi ruins are ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. It continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple, as well as several other monuments belonging to the old city. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Visit my Photo Diary: Monuments at Hampi. 9) Stay by the rice fields and river: We stayed at the Mowgli Gu...
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Let music take you there.

Imagine if a song could take you back to a place or time, a place you've either never been to or want to relive again. Yes music can sometimes do that for you. The perfect song could transport you to that place in your head and make you feel like your there even if your halfway across the globe going through files on your work desk. These are 10 tracks that take me there and snippets on how i foun...
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Why travelling solo is the best thing that ever happened to me

This article was originally published on Times of Inida's idiva.com on Jan 23rd 2015. If someone asked me to think back to the last time I went without a trip or travel, I'm afraid I wouldn't have an answer because travel for me has now been ingrained so deeply that, it's now a lifestyle choice than a task or career. When one travels as often as I do, that it sometimes gives me only 2-3 days at ...
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À la carte – Pondicherry

This article was first published in The Mumbai Mirror on Dec 14, 2014. Pondicherry or Puducherry is usually sought after for its French villas, quarters and unique graffiti. But there is more to this place other than the usual laziness that is implied whilst cycling or strolling around the rues and maisons. The best way to experience any place is via its culinary offerings. Making it not only fu...
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Island Hopping in the Andamans.

This article was originally published on Travelyaari.com in September 2015. In July 2013, I decided to travel to the Andaman Islands because everyone I knew who had been there, only had good things and splendid descriptions to convey about the beaches, marine life and the breathtaking views. So here’s my week long journey island hoping through the Andamans. Port Blair: This capital city of Andama...
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Mumbai, meri jaan.

This article was originally published on an expat journal - Expature on May 29th 2014. Mumbai, the name itself associates an immediate sense of chaos, noise and commotion to the people who belong or have visited it. One would imagine its roads possessing a topography of its own; overcrowded with lazy cattle, try hard fast bikes, rickshaw drivers that would put Tokyo drifters to shame, trucks, v...
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Grab Your Dream

I haven't posted in awhile and here's why...Over the last month, I had the time of my life in South America. Right from Tango dancing, to watching living statues on the streets, boat rides at the Iguassu Falls, Hitchhiking, Big-steak challenges with the locals, to football stadium-hopping, I've experienced all this and more on my South American journey. You too can win an all-expense-paid I...
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Road trip to Korlai.

Korlai fort: About 10 kilometres south of Alibag near Rev Danda village is the naval fort of Korlai. Locates just 3 kilometres down the Rev-Danda-Murud road near Korlai village, it can be reached via the road leading to the fort from the village, which is just 2 kilometres  away. The fort is on a small hill (bout 250 to 300 feet high) in the sea. The main door of the fort faces the east, but if yo...
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Thai Culinary Workshop

A culinary lesson to supplement a sumptuous Thai lunch in a beautiful setting is amongst the most popular new and immersive experiences that India’s well-travelled are engaging in. To build awareness about this concept, Tourism Authority of Thailand tied up with A Perfect Bite Cook Studio (an undertaking by Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal that offers culinary experiences in a state of the art kit...
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Celebrating Baisakhi with Wine.

It was a delightful evening on 5th April, 2014 for food enthusiasts and wine lovers and me in Mumbai. Grover Zampa Vineyards celebrated Baisakhi in great style by giving its guests a taste of scrumptious Punjabi food paired with a magnificent selection of wine by Grover Vineyard Sommelier at the Westin Mumbai Garden City. It was a delightful evening for food enthusiasts and wine lovers in Mumba...
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My happy place.

Most of us have a happy place, a place inside our heads where happiness and a state of being ecstatic is derived from. While some of us consider it a safe place, an escape, or sometimes merely a fond memory; My happy place will forever be Machu Picchu. And even though I've never been.. i hope someday i will with that special someone. I imagine us climbing up to one of the most breath-taking view...
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The Golden Temple

I have seen many places, but none like thee ! Oh the peace, calm and serenity I feel. This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever laid my eyes on. Truly magnificent and unlike any splendor in all it’s golden glory. Shining like the glint in each human eye present here. The recital of prayers and chants leave me speechless. Mesmerized by the environment around me and heart warmed and hum...
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The best feelings in the world

Lately, I've been so thankful for my hot chocolate every morning...because not only does it soothe my throat from the coughing but also makes me happy and spins a great mood to my day. This led me to think about the best feelings in the world. Obviously, there are more than these but here are the ones at the top of my head. 20-To be inspired and go from excitement to motivation 19- A deep ti...
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A toilsome meal

Thump ! Thump ! Thump ! It started with the pounding De-husking the skin from the rice With a heavy stick as her device Separating the two with a palm leaf sieve She wiped the summer's sweat off her face with her sari  blouse sleeve She places the grains of rice between the 2 wheels While on her haunches she sits and kneels i watched her as she started to roll the stones Her body frail ...
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Free Travel 101

Some of you have already heard me talk at this year’s  Barcamp Mumbai-8 on Globetrotting on a shoe string budget and that’s why you’ve been referred here .If you haven’t  yet , do it now and then scroll down ! This blog will make a lot more sense if you do :p If you have skip the videos and scroll down. now to the next half... Those Helpful links  Couch surfing -  The art of learning to su...
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A Weekend with the Warli’s

On April the 24th & 25th i took a trip by myself, because all my friends were busy doing their own things to join me on this one . So went ahead and did this by myself. The train pulls away from Borivli its late as usual and now hurryingly making its way to Virar , where I meet the rest of the group. 10 mins into the journey and the air is much cooler and I’m surrounded by greenery while I lis...
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On the Beach at Night, Alone – Walt Whitman

Couple of nights ago i took a trip to the beach at night and it reminded me of this poem, thought i'd share it :) On the beach at night alone,   As the old mother sways her to and fro, singing her husky song, As I watch the bright stars shining—I think a thought of the clef of the universes, and of the future.A vast similitude interlocks all, All spheres, grown, ungrown, small, large, suns, ...
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A destined traveller

  I like to believe that in my past life I was a traveller. And even though my body may have perished my thirst for travel is ever alive. I’m not aware of what I’ve already covered and what I have yet to cover ,but I believe I must start somewhere since there always is an origin and there always is a calling... Every life has an origin and they are varied and they make us distinct .We st...
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Road-trip to Korlai and beyond.

Where - Korlai and a few other places Why - To touch the Arabian sea, to feel, to live & to smile :) Who - Nickolai Kinny 4.30 am- it was still dark outside and we gathered at borivli, all bundled and dressed like the winter collection for Benetton except for Kris of course who decided on shorts ..but nothing Kris does is to be made sense of :P 4.45 am - we’ve sorted our bags and I...
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The Ways of Walking..

The ways of walking include Strolling, Sauntering, Meandering, Hiking, Wandering, Walks, Journeys, Trekking, Tramping etc.And thats just what we did early one morning. It felt refreshing , rejuvenating and free.It made me feel insignificant and tiny amidst the mountains and trees and yet at the same time it made me belong and just be me. "The longest journey begins with a single step."-  Lao Tsu,...
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To all the adventure & travel buffs i know..

Soar Higher than the sky goes Climb Higher than a mountain peak Aim Beyond the seen bull's-eye Run Beyond the road that ends Trek Away from the carved path Sail Past the lined horizon Dream Even when your not asleep & Dance When the music stops Give this a chance to experience life to the core And it will bring you back asking for more…. -------------- ©23 October , 2010 Ni...
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Postcards of the week!

Here's  list of all the postcards i received this week :) This post card arrived from Germany it depicts the oldest town in Germany called Treir which is famous for its roman buildings and wine From - Sarah - age 26 who is a physical therapist This post card arrived from Romania it has a picture of the Sucevita monastery, 16th century. From - Anca - age 25 who lives near the uk...
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30 awesome things to do in Mumbai!

This list initially started off as 30 things to do before i turn 30 :P but either my list is too small or i'm way ahead of my schedule :) so here goes ... Ride the Gateway ferry The water’s brackish and there’s roughly one life-belt for every 20 passengers. But don’t let that stop you from taking a joyride on one of the ferries at Apollo Bunder. The 20-minute ride around the harbour is perfe...
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