Books on Mumbai: City Adrift by Naresh Fernandes

Second Take — Mumbai   Mumbai is a great leveller. Mostly because of a singular ability to uniformly sandpaper its residents down with commuting, grime and pollution till they are just automatons marching from work to home, unseeing and in a last ditch effort at preservation of sanity, unfeeling. But despite having become part-automaton in […]

And The Winners of the Happy Tripping & Rare Contest Are…

It was a great contest that got so many of you on board, logging your trips and telling us your experiences. Choosing the winners was not an easy task and when we totalled the scores given by our three judges—Dilip, Chhavi and Supriya—we realised how very close it was.   So to all the participants: […]

In Search of Pune’s Legendary Food Havens

I don’t know when eating local food became an integral part of my travel experience. Growing up across North India my diet consisted of Punjab-U.P. influenced rajma-chawal, kadhi, paneer, stuffed parathas, yellow dal, bhujia subzis, occasional puris, and the staple whole-wheat rotis. I never explored beyond the obvious representatives of regional Indian cuisines. For me, […]

HT Interviews: Mansoor Khan and Acres Wild Farmstay, Coonoor

A few weeks ago I wrote to Mansoor Khan of Acres Wild Farmstay, Coonoor, a place that has been on my go-to list forever. I asked if he would be willing to answer some questions as we wished to profile him on the Happy Tripping Magazine. He replied with a pleasant yes and then added, “BTW […]