Gulmarg: Ice Ice Baby

My panoramic view of the forest slopes is a nebulous one. Clouds float just above the coniferous trees that are dusted with snow from the night before. Their branches look dual-coloured, white on the top and green at the bottom. A thickening fog hangs in the air with a nip. Too bad I have to say…

Life On Batteries

The Japanese rarely need to look outside for sustenance and existence. Yes, their agriculture industry was diagnosed as ‘sick’, but it is still feeding its people, healing gradually. They have ample resources to fish their staple diet and enough equipment to help them enhance its flavours. For a smooth survival on this planet, they have…

Style Street

The entire city is spun in stylish threads, as if Antwerp were pivoted on the very idea of fashion. Every corner I turned, quirky, elegant, funky, hip bodies sashayed about in busy bustles. It was hard to imagine that this Belgian city was once just a trade hub for merchants, middlemen and labourers. Except for…

The Other Side Of Tokyo

They don’t speak English or they don’t want to, we will never know. Finding a place on foot, in this metropolis, can be a task as opposed to hopping into a taxi with the address scribbled in Japanese. Nonetheless, we were determined to walk it to Alcatraz E.R in the city’s Shibuya district. Believe it…

Ieper (Ypres): The Horror That Was!

It was a cold sunny morning when we arrived at Ieper – less than an hour’s drive from Brussels. Our host met us under the well-known Menin Gate, a ‘Missing Memorial’ built in 1927. And 1928 onwards, the local fire brigade has been organising ‘The Last Post‘, a 10 minutes play which is performed everyday, right in…