Croatia, stirring thy soul

Language is a powerful paradox. On the face of it, it just has functional utility of communication. But as you peel off the layers, you unravel an intricate art spun from words. Deep in this web are some words that are special, having the potential to stir souls as no one can. If there was…

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Love with Prague

I had high expectations of Prague even before I went there. That was mostly because all my female friends who have been there recommended it vehemently to me. “Prague ki feel hi kuch alag hai!” was what I had heard. I didn’t realise that soon enough, but when I did, I knew just the word to qualify…

The wild wild Budapest

Money is a strange thing. It changes not only its color but also its worth as it changes hands and places. And money is truly powerful when things come cheap. For then, it injects shots of greed into your blood and makes you crave for new experiences. And Hungary is an embodiment of that greed.…

Austria

Austria is in many ways a close kin of Germany, emulating its language as well as rudeness. But it still has its own distinct character. And continuing with my previous articles, if Netherlands is trippy, Austria is musical. And a lot of the accolade goes to arguably the greatest composer of all time, Mozart. There is also this Sound…

Iceland

A different kind of heaven on Earth Iceland is not a big country. It is about 500 km wide coast to coast and harbors a population downwards of 350,000. It is not a world power or a major influencer of global geopolitics. But the beauty of Iceland is not in its size or inhabitancy or…

Netherlands

In my earlier article, I described how the gaeity is best associated with festivals (particularly Oktoberfest). Continuing the combination of my love for literature and travel, Netherlands can be described at best — trippy. Trippy is an often abused word, just like Netherlands. Netherlands is often associated with sex and drugs. And it seems to be designed to please admirers of…

Living travel through Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing, or CS as it is commonly known, as defined by the Urban Dictionary: A cheap form of lodging used mainly by college-students or recent college-grads, where one stays on acquaintance's couches rather than a hotel What someone who can't afford rent on their own and/or can't find roommates quick enough does when they are…

A Checklist Checked

This monologue was written a while back, when the writer was contemplating the fast-approaching end to her exchange semester abroad. So, fair warning about the sentimentality underscoring these exchange memoirs. “There are exactly two weeks to go for my great semester exchange abroad to end and I am half-delighted and half-sad that the end has come…

Mountains, Streets and Bus Rides : Croatia

While I observed the red smudged sky blending with the charcoal darkness, my bus kept moving on the narrow serpentine roads, pressing me against the glass barrier that separated us. Vivid colors that sculptured the mountainous landscapes where undergoing metamorphosis to become black terrains with golden ornaments. Lights from distant houses kept growing remorse and…

Spain mein Desi Driver

Question: What happens when you drive in a foreign country for the first time after being accustomed to the ‘Indian’ style of driving? You drive into the pedestrian area and pray that the policeman sitting in the car you have been following, doesn’t look into his rear-view mirror! You make a deadly turn and almost…