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Rocky Road: the challenges of returning to your hometown

Rocky Road: the challenges of returning to your hometown

There are certain situations in life that force you to take stock. Sitting at your parents dining room table, alone, on a Friday night at age 30, is one such situation, writes Anna Daniels.

From Indian spiritual odyssey to fluff pieces about Kareena Kapoor's pets

From Indian spiritual odyssey to fluff pieces about Kareena Kapoor's pets

Iona Salter writes: Working overseas. Making a difference. Taking your skills and knowledge to the world. Appealing, is it not? It was certainly the sales pitch that sold me on the idea of volunteering on a newspaper in India last year. And it was great. I got to meet interesting people, work in the world’s fastest […]

The hypnotic nature of south west India

The hypnotic nature of south west India

After two years of legal hell, I took my neuroses to Kerala in south west India and climbed aboard a converted rice barge to meander along The Backwaters.

On disliking must-see tourist sights

On disliking must-see tourist sights

Being herded onto a bus with 40 other tourists and being driven from sight to sight, stopping only to let people off to take a few snaps before re-boarding the bus, is not my idea of a good time, says Rebecca Arnold.

Another peaceful day in Kashmir with 200 soldiers in riot gear

Another peaceful day in Kashmir with 200 soldiers in riot gear

Crikey intern Nick Johns-Wickberg writes: It’s a typically freezing day in Kashmir’s capital city Srinagar and my travelling companion Mike and I, wrapped up in our knock-off Indian jackets and two dollar beanies (mine has the ear flaps, his says “Free Tibet”) are having a nice afternoon stroll. We’re probably on the main street of […]

To connect or disconnect, that is the first world problem

To connect or disconnect, that is the first world problem

In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, I couldn't help but wonder: are we losing a little of that travel magic by constantly relying on technology?

Slide Night: Two bikes and a boat

Slide Night: Two bikes and a boat

Visakhapatnam (also known as Vizag) is a million-strong city on India’s east coast in the state of Andra Pradesh, and is home to a large naval base. Spykey and I were there for a couple of nights in February as a stopover during our journey back south to Trichy for our flight back to Australia, […]

Responsible tourism: charity

Responsible tourism: charity

As any traveller to India or similar countries would confirm, one of the most confronting aspects of these countries is the extreme poverty which gets right up in your face and challenges everything that you believe about the world and yourself.

An Indian morning

An Indian morning

5:00am yesterday morning and I’m wide awake. Staring at the roof and mind racing at a million. I carefully unlock the balcony door so as not to wake Spykey and carry out a basic wooden chair from the room. With my bare feet up on the railing I stare out at the rough brickwork on […]

When in ...

When in ...

Earlier this week in Panaji, Spykey and I hit a restaurant that had been written up in Lonely Planet as “a compulsory pit stop”. Now, granted, it’s been nearly three years since our edition of the book was published, and a lot can change in that time, but the restaurant was anything but “a compulsory […]