CHRISTMAS EVE, 2017 BEGAN AS USUAL, BOUND on a flight home. Except this time, it wasn’t to South India but halfway around the world to Adelaide, Australia. My folks, sister and her family had emigrated earlier that year. I walked into their residence to find that my parents had nailed moving in as neatly as every one of my father’s military transfers. The tree was up with presents below. Coffee, appam and egg masala were on the table, and Sunday service would begin shortly at the church across the road.
The last few months had been a bit of an emotional ride for me. I missed my family deeply and also luxuriated in knowing I was truly living independently in Mumbai. So as we sang carols in church, I felt both joy and relief that we were gathered under the same roof for Christmas.
My father often says two things: “It was destiny” and “You have just one life.” Over the next two years, each vacation Down Under felt exactly like living up to those principles.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
INDIA'S HOTTEST NEW HOTELS
Sneak peeks at six new resorts, lodges and boutique properties across the country
MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING
A maid of honor in crisis, reports for duty in Mauritius.
TURN BACK TIME
From colonial nostalgia to legendary tiger trails, 10 itineraries that bring back the past.
TIME-TRAVELLING THROUGH THE HEART OF INDIA
From Bhopal to Bhimbetka, visiting Madhya Pradesh can feel like rediscovering the motherland, says Vivek Menezes
RAJASTHAN: PEEK INTO THE WILDERNESS
Whether it’s the semi-green forests of Mount Abu, the dry grasslands around the Thar, the deciduous thorny thickets of the Aravallis, or the wetlands of Bharatpur, Rajasthan’s stunning topography makes the state perfectly poised to play host to a diverse ecosystem of both animal and birdlife.
Advocates of responsible travel, Anita and Mandip Singh Soin, pick India’s top 10 sustainability-focused retreats that are welcoming visitors now
9 guided city tours by foot across India.
ON THE GO
Our pick of the most stylish finds and travel-related news
On a journey through the foothills of the Himalayas, where humans live alongside one of the world’s most elusive creatures, Maggie Shipstead discovers the good that grassroots conservation can do.
CAN AND ABLE
Yashasvini Rajeshwar looks at service providers lining up to curate holidays for persons with disabilities
The Cosmic Chaos of India
Just like the cosmos, when you see India for the first time everything seems chaotic and yet every Indian person finds his/ her own order in that hustle which all goes in tandem. Pavan Rajurkar a freelance illustrator based out of Mumbai, capture this Indianness perfectly in his artworks for many different brands and studios. Some of his recent illustrations have been displayed here.
Doctor of Happiness: An Art Essay
SUKRITI VADHERA KOHLI is the founder of Doctor of Happiness, helping young people with depression and other mental conditions through her art and online platform. Here she speaks with VANESSA PATEL about what inspired her to open up this forum, and what a difference art can make to our well-being.
Meet with clients amid the city’s kaleidoscopic sights and sounds.
Discover The Remnants Of Empires And The Seeds Of Independence In Mumbai
Discover the remnants of empires and the seeds of independence in India’s most populous city.
Building A Sporting Nation
Marathons are changing the shape of the nation. We ask the brains behind the Delhi and Mumbai Half Marathons, how exactly.
An Expat Learns the Key to Authentic Indian Cooking
Cooking lessons at home in Mumbai.
The 12 Best Rooftop Bars Around The World
The world looks different when viewed from these stunning rooftop destinations.
A TRICK of the light, a teenager with a camera... and some eye-catching goalmouth action.
Pay & skip quarantine: Cops bust scam at Mum airport
Police on Friday arrested a 35-year-old sub-engineer and two accomplices in Mumbai’s Sahar for their alleged role in collecting Rs 4,000 from each flyer arriving at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) who wanted to skip mandatory institutional quarantine.
IN FULL GEAR
Race driver Jehan Daruvala is helping India get a foot in the F1 door