Category Archives: Places to visit

Film Fridays: Bobby (1973)


Technically, this video is a summary. I couldn’t find the trailer online.


Bobby was one of the biggest Hindi films of 1973. Starring Rishi Kapoor (Raju) and Dimple Kapadia (Bobby), the film has all the elements of a blockbuster: teenage angst and rebellion, lovers separated by their families, beautiful Kashmiri mountains, and an incredible motorcycle chase … Continue Reading ››

P is for Powai

Perfect Powai

I’ve been writing a blog about my little eastern Mumbai suburb of Powai for some time. I had grand plans of a comprehensive blog. But, you know what they say about best-laid plans…
Bombay blogger shout-out: Powai.Info contains a wealth of great information about my favorite Mumbai suburb. You can follow through email, but … Continue Reading ››

The world is mine!

Yes, the world is mine. It says so on the front of the US Department of State’s pamphlet on passports:
With your US passport, the world is yours!
And, the world can be yours, too. All you need is a passport. For US citizens living abroad, a passport is more than a ticket to exotic locations; it is … Continue Reading ››

An American in Himachal: Common sense, culture, and travel

Let me make this clear: No woman--no matter what she wears or does--deserves to be raped. Ever. As I vacation in Himachal Pradesh (HP), I see the news report of an American woman raped in Kullu, a popular tourist destination in HP, near Great Himalayan National Park. (Not a location we are visiting, by the way.) According … Continue Reading ››

Rajasthan: From regal to rustic

Editor’s note: The Taj Mahal is located in Uttar Pradesh and is outside the scope of this travelogue. If you want to read about the Taj, check out Bombay Jules’ great photoessay:
Rajasthan, the land of kings. Home to the Amer (Amber) Fort in Jaipur; Pichola Lake in Udaipur; and palaces, high deserts, and mountains … Continue Reading ››

Planes, trains, and automobiles: Googling our way across Sicily

Sorry to disappoint. There are no trains in this travel tale. Italy is notorious for the trains not running on time, anyway, and Sicily even more so, so we decided to skip that mode of transportation on this trip. Makes a catchy title, though, doesn’t it? Maybe they should make a movie with that title... When … Continue Reading ››

Ready, set, walk: The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon

A reader told me that my last post about the train ride did not have an ending and stopped rather abruptly. He may be right about that. So, where was I? Ah, yes, the Foundation for Mother and Child Health team was just about to leave CST and head out to Azad Maidan, a large, … Continue Reading ››