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Prior to arriving in Mumbai, I had resigned from my banking job for greener pastures in another company. I was busy with HR resignation documents and handed work over to the pathetic sod who was the reason for my leaving, and preparations for this India trip. I didn’t realise how tired I was from all that physical, mental and emotional stress after 5 days of the hustle and bustle of Mumbai city, and the heady experiences of ancient paintings and sculptures in Aurangabad, I wanted to retreat…and longed to rejuvenate my tired soul by the beach of Goa. I woke

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Ellora Caves in Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Ancient sites are my thing. I may not know every single historical detail but am always in awe of incredible craft and skill that went into creating stupendous pieces of art. Ancient sites typically have mural paintings, sculptures, stone, marble or sandstone carvings – I just love the intricacies of every curve and detail. I also can’t help but wonder about the greatness of mankind that even in early civilisation, human beings could be as talented and already appreciative of fine art then. During my trip to the state of Maharashtra at the end of Sept, I had purposely made

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Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad, Maharashtra

I don’t have a travel bucket list of UNESCO heritage sites to visit. But I realise that 2014 is certainly my year of travelling to these sites! If you have followed my narratives on Sri Lanka a few months ago, there were many UNESCO heritage sites on that island and we covered a number of them during our 1-week stay there. And then when I mapped out my plans for Maharastra visits, once again, UNESCO heritage sites were featured in my itinerary 🙂 The state of Maharashtra is indeed very proud of their rich heritage in the form of cave

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Mumbai Diaries: Part 3 – Marine Drive

By the time it was late afternoon, I was beat. I couldn’t take anymore sightseeing. I returned to the hotel to cool off and rested. But the one thing I didn’t want to miss was sunset at Marine Drive seaside promenade. In Bollywood movies, film characters seem to draw life from the beaches, seaside promenades and coastlines. And Mumbai is no exception. The scenes of Marine Drive in the movies are typically at sunset or at night, evoking romantic moods..or sometimes drunken brawls 🙂 Well, romance and inebriety were not exactly on my mind at that time but I was

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Mumbai Diaries: Part 1

After a 3-year hiatus, I’m back in India. And it’s my 8th visit to this country. Roll out the red carpet, fellas! My first trip to India was with my mom in 2003. We visited the Golden Triangle up north: Delhi-Jaipur-Agra. Then I began to make frequent business trips to Delhi throughout 2010-2011, and by that time, I was already bitten by the travel bug, so I took every chance I had to travel for leisure in other parts of North India such as Amritsar, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Ladakh. And in 2014, for a change, this 8th visit to India

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