7 Tips to Making a Fabulous Travel Photo Book

I feel extremely privileged that I get to travel the world, and making photo albums as a way I use to share this gift with my loved ones.  This post contains my advice to crafting photo albums that will amaze your friends and family.

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It’s Bollywood Only if the Crowd Is As Eccentric As the Movie – Going Paagal at Shiela Cinema

Shiela Theatre in Delhi, India.

Shiela Theatre in Delhi, India.

If the crowd doesn’t throw popcorn at the cinema screen or loudly cheers the protagonist for getting the villain to eat some dust, it’s not really Bollywood – and I’m not interested. Some two weeks ago, a bunch of friends and I went to the movies, full of hopes that we’d have a real Indian […] Continue reading…

Negotiating Fares With Rickshaw Pullers in Advance? No Way Sanjay.

The picture above shows what is known in India as a rickshaw or cyclerickshaw. They truly are the hallmark mode of transportation on the Indian Sub-continent.  The prescription for foreigners looking for a rickshaw ride in India is well rehearsed by now: the Lonely Planet India travel guide and the Moon Living Abroad in India both recommend negotiating fares before hopping on for your exhilarating journey. The rationale behind this recommendation is the risk the puller might ask for some outrageous amount once you arrive at your final destination.  Some day four months ago, however, I felt dashing.  I decided not to pre-negotiate my fare and to see what would happen […] Continue reading…

Réveil brutal par un transgenre dans le train – Vaut mieux en rire #2

5h26 AM.  Mon paisible sommeil à bord du train #14084 Mahananda Express est abruptement interrompu.  Tapage et poussées me réveillent en sursaut.  Je lève les yeux pour voir le coupable apparaître.  Confusion instantanée en apercevant […] Lire la suite…

Riding the Delhi Metro Like a Local

The Delhi metro blows my mind!  Its 142 stations make shredding the pavement of India’s capital far easier – both for tourists and the Delhi-wallahs.  It is undoubtably the fastest way to get around the city.  But before pass the station’s gate, it is crucial for everybody’s enjoyment that you be aware of the untold rule that govern the metro universe.  Failing to observe the mantras below will lead to confusion and bewilderment for other riders.  Be respectful, and ride like a local:

1. When the train makes its way into the station, resist such sheepish temptations as letting passengers exit before crowding in front of the coach’s door.  As soon as your train arrives, ensure you are properly barring the exit by standing in the precise middle of the car’s door.  Once the door opens […] Continue reading…

Cremations in Varanasi: Beauty and Simplicity

As I stand on Manikharnika Ghat, the nothingness I experience leaves me speechless.  Clouds of white smoke fly away, but the pungent smells I expected are conspicuously missing: it so happens that the fragrance of burning sandalwood overpowers that of the bodies being cremated in […] Continue reading…