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During my maiden trip to Europe, I took long walks along the immaculately preserved historic buildings on the banks of Seine river in Paris, a UNESCO world heritage site. On one of the days, while I was walking across the city’s scenic hill area called Montmartre, I chanced…

Majority of us associate libraries with our school and college days. I remember entering the school library with my classmates during our compulsory ‘library period’. During graduation and after, it was commonplace to see the university library filled to capacity just before semester examinations. A place of ‘study’…

Mumbai is in the thick of monsoon. After incessant rains over the past few days, the city had some respite today. Determined not to loose the short yet significant window of opportunity to move my limbs, I quickly put on my walking shoes and hit the streets of…

In July, my husband and I took our first trip to Kerala. The greenest of green environs at Kollam captivated us at the outset. Mangroves and palm trees formed beautiful reflections on the glass-like surface of the backwaters of Munroe Island. The panoramic views of Thangassery port town…

I made a short trip to Pondicherry (now Puducherry) with my husband Shantanu and my LSR college friend Nidhi. It is an idyllic, delightful, coastal city that offers interesting shades of Franco-Tamil art and culture. It had always been one of the places that I had wanted to…