Category Archives: Travel

For grandpa’s 100th birthday, his 10 kids, their kids and a village in Kerala came together

By Mary Paulose

A couple of months ago, in a coastal village in Kerala, India, my maternal grandfather turned 100. We all call him Appa, and we had no doubt he would live to be a 100. His own father, my great-grandpa, had lived to be 104-years-old.

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I’m jealous of people who leave their jobs to travel for months

By Deepthi Nair

For some time now, I’ve been following a couple on Instagram that has travelled to over 30 countries. With sheer envy, I have scrolled through their feed, poring over photographs of their weekend getaways — to Istanbul, Paris, Zanzibar — and watched them chronicle their travels, hoping to pick up tips. I would feel much less envious when their posts were about places I had visited. Life was then more tolerable.

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The simple, stylish art of watchmaking in Japan

By Allan Jacob

In Japan, time is not just of the essence, it’s been given the exalted status of an art where possibilities are infinite. There’s a creative process in its construction. I get the feeling that it watches (pun intended) over me, never tarrying, as I lumber along after a day out in the sprawling megalopolis that is Tokyo.

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Sad what happend to Boracay, that beautiful, sleepy island

By Suresh Pattali

How could he do that? How dare he shut an island that once upon a time was the best in the world? But it is President Rodrigo Duterte. What Duterte wants, Duterte gets. He is an Asian personification of the American cowboy of the Old West. Like the ones in the American movies we watched growing up in the ’70s. Handy with guns and ready to fire on impulse. “Shut it down, I say,” ordered the incorrigible punisher, after calling the Boracay resort a cesspool, dirtied by tourism-related businesses dumping raw sewage into the ocean. Continue reading Sad what happend to Boracay, that beautiful, sleepy island