Exploring the Blogosphere

I’m not sure how awards work. I never wanted our blog to be sucked into the game of numbers. I’ve tried hard not to be a part of it and sometimes, succumbed to it. That said, I’ve never been good with numbers, anyway. So, I’m not going to make this post about awards, rules, or…

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No Woman, No Cry.

A few years back, on women’s day, we boarded a plane to the Northeast of India. Deep down, I was happy, to escape the fuss that comes with the day. I’m not always good with keeping my thoughts in check and days like these are like old wounds. Midair, 30,000 ft above what was happening…

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Under the Spotlight

The Lotus Lantern Festival (Buddha’s Birth Anniversary) is one of the most important festivals in Seoul. Streets are lined with gleaming lanterns, jubilation fills the air, and under the spotlight — performers emerge under the masks of ordinary people. This year, the buildup to the Lotus Lantern Festival, coincided with many other celebrations and commemorative…

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Searching for Life in Seoul Forest

Urban development and green cover, often, have to compete with each other, in Seoul city. Although, hiking mountains might not top everyone’s weekend list; it’s always possible to find a patch of green, to take in fresh air and let the whir of city life — take a back seat. Abandoned railway tracks make for…

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Welcome to the Palace

Summer brings in a new phase of festivities in Seoul and the rest of the country. From tea tasting at Boseong Green Tea Festival to elaborate reenactments of royal life; there’s a lot take in. It’s probably, a good time for tourists to visit with the weather being moderately warm; never mind an occasional shower.…

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Along the Streets of Seoul

Most of Seoul’s sidewalks are dwarfed by towering high rises. Fortunately, there still remain few spots in the city — dominated by red brick walls or painted graffiti. Not visible in plain sight, searching for these hidden gems, often involves climbing steep, curving alleys. While some of these might be listed as tourist hot spots, there…

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Walking with Spirits

On a warm Sunday afternoon, there were few tourists queuing to see Jongmyo Shrine. Entry was allowed on the condition: you must join a guided tour group. It was mildly annoying, especially, after a half day hike along the fortress wall at Bugaksan and a walk in Gwangjang Market. The tour (in the afternoon) was…

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