Tag: India

Over a cup of chai

Over a cup of chai

It was late September. The summer sun rose early in Guwahati. Sahid bought me a cup of chai. The little glass held a wonderful fresh aroma of new chai patha—or, tea leaves. I sipped once, not knowing that it was the beginning of a beautiful […]

These Are the Most Unexpected Questions Being Asked at the Immigration

These Are the Most Unexpected Questions Being Asked at the Immigration

We all have those unexpected, funny, weird and memorable experiences at the immigation desk, usually in a new destination in a foreign country. Last September, I was visiting India for the third time on a new evisa. I arrived at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) […]

Tea Stories from Around the World: Where Tea Is More Than a Drink

Tea Stories from Around the World: Where Tea Is More Than a Drink

Coming from the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, not a day passes without a cup of piping hot tea in our lives. Nathan loves his tea with a little milk, while I am a huge fan of Indian masala chai (tea) where tea leaves are […]

A New Home, Wild Bears and Smiles on the Road: Stories from India’s North East

A New Home, Wild Bears and Smiles on the Road: Stories from India’s North East

Yesterday, my Khasi friend Jonathan checked in to see if I was fine. It turned out that he’s actually enjoying his quarantine days. He wakes up and goes fishing. For Khasis, fishing is their ultimate hobby. Jonathan—or, Jona, as we call him, lives in Shnongpdeng, […]

Conversations Over Breakfast in Gangtok: How I Found Family

Conversations Over Breakfast in Gangtok: How I Found Family

“I think we and Sri Lankan people are the same level nice,” says Oksonam, which according to her is extremely nice. Over the years, traveling in Sri Lanka has taught me one thing – it’s that its people, my people, those who live in far […]

“I’m Taller Than You” – Conversations Over Breakfast in Meghalaya

“I’m Taller Than You” – Conversations Over Breakfast in Meghalaya

She’s beautiful. She glistens in the warmth of the morning light as if she was like a sunkissed carpet of grass decorated with tiny wildflowers. They dance in the soft October breeze. Some of them are painted pastel purple. Others: yellow, pink and lily white.

One Typho at a Time: Conversations Over Breakfast in Gangtok

One Typho at a Time: Conversations Over Breakfast in Gangtok

Some days, during my trips, I sit quietly on new cafes, sipping local coffee. Other days, I, unable to speak the local language, walk past locals, grinning. I observe them from far, quietly.

Here’s How a Tiny Northeast Indian Village Taught Me a Life Lesson

Here’s How a Tiny Northeast Indian Village Taught Me a Life Lesson

I chat with Sushila. She’s my host. She lives alone, but with visitors from all over the world, she’s never alone. Her home, now, is a hub where cultures come together. Her home is the birthplace of thoughtful conversations. She makes me sweet tea and offers me chocolate chip cookies.

The Ultimate 12-Day Travel Guide to Meghalaya, India

The Ultimate 12-Day Travel Guide to Meghalaya, India

I solo traveled in Meghalaya for 12 days and while I have so many stories to tell, I thought of writing this guide. You can read my stories from Shillong here and from Mawsynram, here. This guide explains the route I took, places I visited […]

Mawsynram, Meghalaya: Two Days in the Wettest Place on Earth

Mawsynram, Meghalaya: Two Days in the Wettest Place on Earth

I was on a Facebook video call with my mother and sister when I heard loud giggles outside my door. Two little kids appeared with possibly the biggest smiles I’d seen in a while. Then came their friends. A few minutes back, they were playing […]

Virat Kohli, Imran Khan and Feeling Indian in Shillong, Meghalaya

Virat Kohli, Imran Khan and Feeling Indian in Shillong, Meghalaya

Zin traveled to Meghalaya for two weeks and she’s creating a series of posts where she pens down her most cherished experiences. This is the post one of NatnZin’s Meghalaya series. It’s Eid. I’m with Anne. One hearty breakfast and two cups of coffee later, […]

Agra, 2017: Butter Chicken, Naan and Mughal Architecture

Agra, 2017: Butter Chicken, Naan and Mughal Architecture

Platform number 5. Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station. Purani Dilli. It was 7.30 AM in the morning. We had just gulped down two cups of masala chai for breakfast. Two hours later, a smooth train ride took us to Agra. As soon as we walked out […]