Stories in Spice Route

48 Hours In Muscat

The cultural hotspot of the region, Muscat is a potpourri of tradition, heritage and modernity that is woven together seamlessly to give the visitor an experience that is unparallel. It was my first visit to Muscat and Oman and I went with an open mind. I suggest you too as this city will surprise you with the many things it has to offer – from food, museums, shopping, culture and more. DAY 1 A mix of heritage, history and shopping –

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Vaani – Lending A Ear

In November 2002 a feasibility study was carried out on issues surrounding childhood deafness in India. Based on the findings of the feasibility study, the fact-finding visits and workshops, the vision which emerged was for family members to acquire some basic knowledge and understanding about deafness, teachers to have specialist knowledge and abilities that would enable young deaf children to achieve their full potential. What came through as a huge gap was the need for parent involvement in the lives

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New Age Education Trends

When my niece told me she was interested to do a course in Liberal Arts for her graduation, I actually looked up the course to understand it better. Soon I found that apart from this there are a whole lot of new age courses like Spa Management, Rural Studies, Cyber security, Puppetry, Tea/coffee tasting, Public Health Entomology, Habitat Policy and Practice, Wine Taster, Ethical Hacking and Photonics. Education options in India are changing and this is happening to ensure that

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Coffee Trail with JW Marriott Bengaluru

‘JW Marriott Bengaluru invites you on a Coffee Trail with Chef Anthony En Yuan Huang’ read the invite I received recently. Being a coffee lover, I was quite intrigued as to what would be in store and I decided to jump right in. Incidentally Chef Anthony is known for his fine sense of balancing traditional food with a modern twist and I was looking forward to the experience. Being in Bengaluru helped as this was the shortest journey to make

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Karnataka Kaleidoscope

The Southern state of Karnataka has many surprises up its sleeve and the best way to discover this is by actually visiting the different parts to experience the myriad cultures, food, sights and more. The diverse elements of the state that was formed on November 1st, 1956, incidentally celebrated as Rajyotsava Day has a royal connect too. Well, this was always the State of Mysore that was renamed as Karnataka in 1973. The state itself has a motely mix of

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Araku Hot Air Balloon Festival

The buzz in the air is palpable. The crowds are swelling by the moment. There are couples, singles, families and kids all waiting with bated breath, braving the cold winds. I am at the NTR Grounds on a cold winter evening to join a motely group of locals and tourists to witness the night glow at the first edition of the Araku Hot Air Balloon Festival. And soon enough I hear a child’s excited voice, “look at the back”. And

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Best hotels in India to Celebrate your Honeymoon

Arguably one of the most important days of your life is the day you get married and this is certainly a day that is meant to be celebrated. Well, you are entering a new phase of your life and what better way than your honeymoon to make it special. So if you are wondering where to head to your honeymoon, we list some perfect choices for you and your spouse to make a dream start to your wedded life. IBNII,

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Flavours of Punjab

The song ‘Tujhe Dekha To’ from the 1995 Hindi movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge had a compelling visual of the lead actors in the midst of beautiful mustard farm. The sight of the yellow flowers amidst the verdant greenery has been an image that has been stuck in my mind always. When I was invited by the Punjab Grill chain of restaurants as a part of its Rangla Punjab 2.0, a deep dive into the state’s culture and cuisine I

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Chitrashaala – ode to art

Chitrashaala is an annual art event held at Justa’s Lake Nahargarh Palace that sees a confluence of artists from India and across the globe. The event is a partnership between artist Bibek Santra’s Narrative Movements and Justa Hotels that brings together artists from across the globe in a unique symposium of art. Incidentally, the name Chitrashaala is inspired from the renowned Bundi School of art Chitrasala that is located a few hours’ drive from Nahargarh.                                                       Art Attack An artist in

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Karnataka Tourism – A Kaleidoscope of Experiences

“One State Many Worlds”, the tag line of Karnataka cannot be more apt. A state that has mountains, beaches, valleys, islands and more, there is something new to discover in all parts of this beautiful South Indian state. The best part of touring the state is that you will stumble upon several gems that are relatively undiscovered which makes it an attractive tourist destination. The State has declared 2017 as the Year of the Wild and the Tourism Department has

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