Kerala’s Best Kept Secret The last time I went to Goa,I came back disgusted at having to pick my way around all those bodies on the beach,glistening in sun-screened glory. Which is why,when someone mentioned the pristine,unsullied beaches of Bekal in Kerala,I jumped at the prospect of getting to a beach where I might have the chance to sit in solitude,write a few pages of my book,bond with family,indulge in some much needed relaxation and ponder […]

Lavished with style It is the famed playing field of the world’s bold and beautiful people… for sheer opulence this Versace-styled resort on Australia’s Gold Coast does not disappoint. If minimalism is your style then don’t bother visiting Palazzo Versace, the world’s first Versace hotel at Queensland’s Gold Coast in Australia. If, on the other hand, renaissance grandeur and splendour is what makes your heart go boom, then this resort does not disappoint… after all, […]

Melbourne magic It’s a stylish city that offers amazing shopping and dining options, as well as a rocking social calendar. Melbourne is, arguably, Australia’s best-kept secret. Sydney residents will argue that their city is where it all happens, but given a choice I would opt for this jewel in regional Victoria’s crown over its fast-paced New South Wales competitor, any day. The city has a timeless beauty and grandeur. Cleverly restored and zealously maintained Victorian […]

Footloose and fancy free in the Big Apple Unbashed fans of superstar Shahrukh Khan, my daugther and I set out on our personal pilgrimage, retracing the various places in the city where he has serenaded his leading ladies in smash hits including Kal Ho Na Ho and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. It has been over a decade since Shahrukh, resplendent in white, brought much stardust to Brooklyn Bridge as he rested his slight frame against […]

Sojourn in Summer KERALA IN MARCH? Are you out of your mind? You might as well head for a holiday in Rajasthan, my closest friends said last month as I revealed my plans to take off on a much-needed holiday with my family. The relentless pace of life has meant that our three-member family – my spouse, teenage daughter and myself – hardly ever even find time to have a relaxed meal together and suddenly […]