Where to Eat in Singapore?

Food is a great leveller and also I discovered recently a great place to discover a city. And I found out exactly this on a recent trip to Singapore. Well with a city and country that has three main languages – the food culture is so diverse that your taste buds will explode with flavours that range from high end Michelin starred food to hawker style street food and everything in between. Singapore in fact is well known for its

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Being Indian

While I was watching the new TVC for Lufthansa Airways I was struck by the premise of how foreigners perceive Indians. And more importantly how important it is for us to retain our “Indianness” in a way that matters to you! While I am a firm believer of the fact that you do not need to prove your being Indian to anyone, it is really my values that have always held me in good stead. And it is not a big

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Five Places to stay in Sharjah

On a recent visit to see the Sharjah Light Festival by Sharjah Tourism and Air Arabia, we had an opportunity to check out some really cool hotels that are great accommodation on your next visit to the city. So here goes Royal Tulip The Act Hotel Well, this is the hotel is stayed in through the duration of my trip so I decided to write about it first. The best part of Royal Tulip The Act hotel is its location.

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Sharjah’s Classic Car Museum

; When I was invited to the Sharjah Light Festival in February this year I was sent an itinerary of the places that would be showcased. Of all the places listed, one thing that caught my eye was the Classic Car Museum. Being an automobile fan, my interest was piqued immediately and I was looking forward to the visit. However, on arrival the itinerary changed and soon the Classic Car Museum was no longer part of the tour. To be honest

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Mleiha – Rediscovering Sharjah’s History

A persistent rainfall through the day in Sharjah is quite unusual. And being part of a contingent to visit the Sharjah Light Festival, all of us were looking forward to take the off road safari drive in Mleiha. But the rain seemed to be all set to play spoilsport. Our affable guide Mozhgan in fact also gave a disclaimer saying if the weather did not change we would have to give up the hope of the drive all together. Feeling a

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Cruising with the Mariner of the Seas

One of my earliest experiential travel stories was about cruising as an option for honeymooners. I distinctly remember that I had got in touch with several cruise companies including Royal Caribbean for the same. And many years later, I got an opportunity to take my first cruise with Royal Caribbean courtesy Singapore Tourism Board and Tirun Travel Marketing! Getting Ready After exploring Singapore’s vibrant food scene and enviable sights, I was looking forward to boarding my cruise at Marina Bay

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Royal Vacation at Fateh Prakash Palace Udaipur

I was recently invited by MakeMyTrip (MMT) blogs to write about a luxury hotel experience in India. After some thought, I decided to write about the wonderful Fateh Prakash Palace in Udaipur. Read the story below and also on the MMT page here. “Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar would like you to attend the annual Maharana Mewar Foundation annual awards at Udaipur.” This is how my invite to be in Udaipur came in and I decided to make my maiden sojourn to the

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Shopping at local markets of Sharjah

If you like shopping like me, Sharjah offers so much more beyond its glitzy malls. In fact on this trip I did not visit even one mall and instead opted to explore the local markets. Here are some of my top picks for shopping all things local and even some global! Central Souq The first name that came into who ever I asked where I should head for local shopping was “Blue Souq”. So I was quite excited and along

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Vegetarian Food Choices in Sharjah

I was recently invited to be part of a media familiarization trip to Sharjah (yes the same venue that once hosted India and Pakistan cricket matches) to witness the Sharjah Light Festival by Sharjah Tourism and Air Arabia. Being a staunch vegetarian who does not eat eggs or mushrooms I was wondering what I would find to eat but Sharjah had many surprises in store. It also helped for once that close to 70 per cent of the group were

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Sharjah Light Festival – A Visual Wonder

The Al Noor Mosque at the Al Majaz Water Front When I first got the invite to attend the Sharjah Light festival in association with Air Arabia, I was wondering what it was all about. To be honest I had no clue that there was an annual festival like this but the invite piqued my interest and soon I found myself on board an Air Arabia flight from Bangalore to Sharjah. A 3.5 hour flight and I landed in a

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