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A Lot Can Happen Over Kochi

        The last fishing net had just taken a bow, and a row of others stood poised to throw the sun a bait. I could see why the Chinese fishing nets are an icon of Kochi. And why they topped every single list of ‘top things to do in Kochi’ on an…

Rochester Falls, Mauritius

Anatomy of a Freefall

For someone with well-entrenched fears of heights, drowning, accidents, injuries and what-have-you, this was more about facing those fears than about getting an adrenaline rush out of an extreme sport.

A cloud-dipped sun slowly making its way up

An Unplanned Ubud

As Bali’s cultural capital and a city-village of many charms, Ubud ticked off all the right boxes for me – female-friendly, vibrant yoga scene, healthy food everywhere, Balinese massages for a song and a half (as compared to Bombay’s spas), and loads of art and sculpture at every turn. Drawn there by the Bali Spirit Festival…

To catch a street sexual harasser

It’s not everyday that one manages to get a street sexual harasser arrested, but when it does happen it definitely makes for some good news worth sharing. This happened last November, one fine day when I finally felt beyond ‘fed up’ with the 365-day 24/7 menace that women are expected to deal with by not…

A waterfall in Mussoorie

  The geological formation we call the waterfall is perhaps where we get to see water in all its unabashed exuberance, reveling, as it were, in its own beauty. While exploring Mussoorie many years ago, I chanced upon this fortunately secluded waterfall, tucked away like a secret behind a more popular ‘touristy’ waterfall thronged by the crowds.…

Thirst World Countries

  An old painting of mine from 2008, on the water crisis. “Long seen as a problem of only the poorest, the water crisis is increasingly affecting the wealthier nations, economic riches being no insurance against it. The management of water distribution will determine power relations, economic development, the relationship between rich and poor, and…

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A Skyfull of Enchantment

By Namita Kulkarni on 29 May 2014       If places were books, Netala would be that rare timeless classic sitting on a hard-to-reach shelf, in a less-frequented aisle of a quaint bookshop that only incorrigible bookworms make their way to. No snazzy cover jacket to grab eyeballs, no stellar reviews announced on its…