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The charm of the 80s school vacation and and the endless triumph of imagination over possession

May in Ayemenem is a hot, brooding month. The days are long and humid. The river shrinks and black crows gorge on bright mangoes in still, dust green trees. Red bananas ripen. Jackfruits burst. Dissolute bluebottles hum vacuously in fruity…

When Call Me By Your Name author André Aciman goes on holiday Summer of 2024 – Travel Edition

Themes of migration and displacement are common in André Aciman’s fiction. | Photo Credit: Getty Images The Italian-American André Aciman had been a well-known and widely respected writer since the 90s, when he published his memoir Out of Egypt and a string…

Kodaikanal | The hills are (barely) alive

It is 11 a.m. in Kodaikanal, and I am stuck in traffic at the junction near the town’s star attraction — the lake. Behind me, rows of cars, buses and vans wait impatiently, honking. I look to the right where…

Summer of 2024 | Travel edition

Summer of 2024 | Photo Credit: Courtesy Suket Dhir As summer peaks, and before you pack your bags for your next trip, think how best you can holiday this year. Tourism is wrecking the fragile ecosystems of our mountains and…

Summer of 2024 – Travel Edition: our cities need a master plan; data deficiency and lack of decentralisation challenges

File photo of a sanitary worker in Vijayawada. | Photo Credit: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar Hill stations in India have witnessed a notable escalation in traffic congestion in recent years, particularly during weekends and the summer season. This phenomenon is notably pronounced…

For a short, dreamy break, Sri Lanka’s Bentota makes for a perfect getaway

Where can you go for a short, three-day break, say a long weekend that serendipitously pops up on your calendar? You’re in Chennai or somewhere in south India and the question looms: how do you make the most of this…

What India’s Jewish buildings have to say

In 2017, Jose Dominic was invited to dinner with the Salem family in Kochi’s Jew Town. Kenny Salem, an “old friend”, had migrated to Canada and was back to visit his ancestral home. Dominic was expecting his hosts’ famous dishes…

Experience diverse themes in photography in an exhibition in Andhra University

Picture taken by Samina Sultana of a golden eagle hunter of the Kazakh tribe who reside in the Altai Mountains in Mongolia.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Echoes of the mountains, tranquil seascapes, the poetic rhythm of life and…

This summer vacation, where are Indians travelling?

Indira Point, India’s southern-most point, 600 km (about 375 miles) south of Port Blair, in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago. Within India, people are picking up packages to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. | Photo Credit: File photo With the…

Luxury wildlife safaris to explore in India this summer

It is that time of the year again when the scorching sun is upon us, as is the much-awaited summer holidays. If planning a trip abroad or a break in the hills is not on your list this year, may…