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Are you connected to the tourism/travel/hospitality industries or travel media in any way? If so, please specify how (kindly include any relevant company names/Web sites!).
I am a freelance travel writer/blogger with over 15 years of writing experience and presently based in Hong Kong. Started out as a newspaper reporter but over the years travel within India and abroad turned my focus to travel stories.
On which destinations & travel topics can you advise members especially well?
Hong Kong, India, Oman
What destinations are you most interested in learning about?
Africa, Asia, Americas. Europe, Australasia
Other travel / language expertise?
Can read and write English and Hindi

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Five Hours in Victoria, British Columbia

The symbol is greater than visible substance. . . . Unhappy the land that has no symbols or that chooses their meaning without great care.” ― Freya Stark, East Is West.…

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Posted on March 27, 2014 at 11:00am

Road Trip in Southeast China

 

My visits to Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Sanya, cities on the tourist map of China, by air and train were journies to view the impassive facades of city life. Sanya, touted as the Hawaii of the East, is the winter holiday destination for cold East Europe and Mainland China. The Expressway…

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Posted on March 12, 2014 at 2:29pm

Salalah, Oman: The Frankincense Trail

The mystique of the Dhofar region or of Salalah is not its salubrious climate or its architecture but the sacred scent, one of the gifts given to Baby Jesus by the Three Wise Men. This aromatic incense, or frankincense, was the source of the wealth and riches of Dhofar and Arabia and was exported by caravan routes and ships as far as China, India, and Egypt to be used for temple rituals, cremating the dead and for medicinal purposes.



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Posted on April 11, 2013 at 10:17am

India's Kumbh Mela - Instant Moksha

The shivering semi-covered bodies in the freeze moment of instant 'moksha' captured the essence of the magnanimous waters of the 'Sangam', the confluence of the three holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. The moksha seekers or pilgrims were emulating the Devas (gods) who had outsmarted the Asuras (demons) for the eternal nectar of life which the demons had won. The gods, not willing to concede defeat, managed to pilfer the kumbh (pitcher) and in process four drops fell on…

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Posted on March 12, 2013 at 1:30pm

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