HOW I GOT LEH’D – PART 4

And so we continue……. This was my fourth Parle G with tea. The biscuit was the fourth but my tea was the second. I usually don’t keep track, but the view that I was looking at would undoubtedly compel me to stay a bit longer which would eventually mean more tea and biscuit. But that’s just part of what I wanted to say – what was truly capturing my attention was the spectacular view of the ‘valley of flowers’ also known as the ‘orchard of ladakh’ also known as the nubra valley. We were at the monastery, which was up …

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HOW I GOT LEH’D – PART2

And so we continue…….             When we say ‘a cold morning’ in the mountains, it is actually a term that can be used for almost every single morning. But the coldness, with a stray ray of sunshine maneuvering its way through the crevices in the cloud, is a feeling and a sight to behold. I knew I was quite tired after a long Day 1, but there was something in the air that woke me up and I guess this serendipitous encounter with the morning sun was the exact ammunition I needed to get started. …

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HOW I GOT LEH’D

Gateways to heaven are said to be adorned by beauty, incomparable with even the best of jewels or materials that anyone can buy. But what does one say to the roadways that lead you to some of the picturesque locales in the north of India? Are they indeed our gateways to heaven? Because I, for one, have seen so many that I wonder whether heaven resides right here in India. Ladakh, is one such place which gets me thinking – How am I to absorb such wonder in so little a time? Welcome to the arms of a small town, …

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12 HOURS IN BHOPAL – PART 3

Meeting done but I was famished. I had planned to visit some of the old eateries of the city Bhopal. But by this time, Anand, my driver had understood me. He was a strict vegetarian, but had spoken with some friends of his & drove me to a hotel called Zam Zam. I was skeptical about the place, but he assured me that the non vegetarian food here was the finest in all Bhopal. Nice simple restaurant, the menu looked fabulous. At such times, I wish we had more people sharing the meal table with me in Bhopal. It allows …

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12 HOURS IN BHOPAL – PART 1

The alarm went off at 4.00 a.m. exact. Well… a machine programmed to go off at 4 will operate as set, but the human body isn’t. But this time was different. I woke up with alacrity. The reason was 2 fold – I had a flight to catch n time, tide & flights wait for no one. The 2nd reason was my destination – Bhopal, the city founded by Raja Bhoja. My reason for this alacrity had nothing to do with Raja Bhoja, but Bhopal’s history as the city of Nawabs & hence the history of gastronomy that lay hidden …

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