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It doesn't rain much in Phaltan, a municipality in Satara district, Maharashtra. But when we arrive in the last weekend of May, a short shower renders the landscape a deeper shade of green. With the coconut trees in the distance and lush acres of sugarcane, tomato and guava fields carpeting the otherwise parched earth, we get a glimpse of just how abundant this land could be.
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During a trip to Jim Corbett National Park, we attended a talk on wildlife conservation. It was a great session and all of us left as more informed travellers. But the kids, they took it all in even more deeply. They have more empathy than us adults, and they also don't conform to norms and preconceived notions. But how much they had learned from this session, we were still to see…
"He must be seeing through my eyes, probably."
From kissing a giraffe and playing with baby elephants to relaxing on the beach and fine dining… I enjoyed a gamut of experiences in Kenya. Here are some of my favourite memories.
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The quickest weekend getaway you could ever make!
The concept of full-time travel has captured the popular imagination for several years now. Recently, I had the privilege of interacting with a bunch of full-time travellers and gleaned some interesting nuggets about their lifestyle and what they’ve learnt along the way.
If I’d been single, I probably wouldn’t have been writing this. It’s virtually a law that you must include a passionate love of travelling in your online dating profiles. You must match passports where you once matched horoscopes. It’s no longer enough to say you enjoy sunsets or walks on the beach or a cup of good coffee. It has to be sunsets at the Serengeti, strolls along Kroh Kradan, coffee brewed from beans freshly defecated by Asian palm civets. Then, you might get laid on the first date.
The Chinese people I encountered were as warm and welcoming as any other. They were particularly considerate of what they called "Indian culture". But when the Chinese employed the term "Indian culture", it wasn't used in its traditional sense to denote the diverse artistic and literary achievements of India…
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