What is the most gorgeous view you have ever seen?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: There are a few that I did manage to capture during my travels in and around India. Some have made their way to my Instagram, while many others are still lying hidden in various folders on my PC, laptop, USBs, etc. Sharing a few here… The Thousand Pillared Hall at…

What are your worst Uber experiences in India?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Delhi 2017 We were travelling to Akshardham Temple from Karol Bagh. As usual, I booked an UBER and the car arrived on time. It was raining rather heavily that day. We got in and got going. After I had settled down, I looked at the driver and noticed that he…

What can I do (for fun) in Doha, Qatar besides Islamic Art Museums?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: It largely depends on your idea of ‘fun’, really. Personally, I have a few favorite haunts and of course, you’ll see that my idea of ‘fun’ is somewhere I could go with family or even solo. Roam around Katara Katara is my most favorite part of Doha. Everything about the…

What are some ideas for Indian food items suitable for travel?

What are some make-ahead vegetarian Indian food items, which would stay good without fridge and can be eaten without re-heating. The items I can think of are: Parathas – can be stored up to 2 days Veg pulao – up to a day. Any other ideas please ? Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: When my…

A Sainik and a Maharaja

All over the later part of last week, Indian TV channels were agog with incessant reporting about how a politician assaulted an Air India official and how they had taken it upon themselves to see to it that the ‘goon’ is sent behind bars. There were TV channels calling people to file an online petition…

What is the one temple you must visit before you die?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A. The temple I’m about to suggest is in no way grand or famous for its exquisite architecture or anything of the sort. But to me, it is the closest to heaven on earth. I would definitely recommend Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi, India. I have traveled…

Are Indian trains really overcrowded?

I see this image on the Internet. Is this true? Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: A lot of people get misled into thinking that this is how all the trains run in India. That is not true. The Indian railway is one of the largest rail networks in the world. As per the wiki page…

What do you love to do when traveling to India?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A. When I travel to India, there’s always a new place that we visit. So I carry two books with me – a journal and a palm-sized tiny notebook. The journal is where I write mini accounts of where I’ve been. It could cover a lot…