Shruti Chakraborty


A hard-core traveller and foodie

Is Rajinikanth’s party symbol the same as Apana Mudra for ‘detoxification and purification’?
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

Political party symbols say a lot about the ideology, and Rajinikanth's 'Baba symbol' seems well-aligned with his claim of purging Tamil Nadu politics of corruption and his promise of a spiritual political government.

Curating experiences is the biggest trend in the travel industry
Sun, Dec 17, 2017

There's an ongoing shift in the travel space - from destination-driven travel to experience-driven travel, as a conversation with Ramesh Ramanathan, MD, Sterling Holiday Resorts (India) Ltd, reveals.

Shadow Lines: Journeys in Northeast India
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

The BBC Hindi journalist undertook the journey in 2000, soon after a spate of Hindi speakers from the northern part of the country were massacred ahead of the 2001 elections.

Of Warm Winter Lights: 5 Christmas markets that should be on your bucket list
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

A trawl through Europe’s best Christmas markets.

Javed Akhtar gets trolled for typo in Girija Devi tribute even after apology; when will this inane trolling stop?
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Javed Akhtar tweeted out a tribute on the demise of Thumri singer Girija Devi, with an 'autocorrect' typo, but the poet-lyricist was incessantly trolled even after he apologised. When will this culture of 'trolling just for the heck of it' really end?

Cherry Blossom Festival to be held in Shillong in November
Sun, Oct 22, 2017

The India International Cherry Blossom is being touted as the world's only Autumn Cherry Blossom Festival, and will be held next to Shillong's famous Ward Lake during November 8-11.

Goa through an insider’s lens: Airbnb launches Goan travel guide on how to live like a local
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

The new Airbnb Goa Insider’s Guide encourages travellers to ‘Live There’ and has interesting suggestions for everyone – from a gourmand or merrymaker to art connoisseurs and art mavens.

Here’s what a modern take on the ‘Independence night’ dinner served on August 14, 1947 looks like
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Taj chefs recreate the three-course dinner menu that was served at the Taj Palace Mumbai on the night of August 14, 1947, to celebrate India's 71st Independence Day and serve history on a plate. The food was primarily classical French with Indian influences.

Aravind Adiga, KR Meera, Stephen Alter in 2017 longlist of DSC Prize for South Asian literature
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

The 2017 DSC Prize for South Asian literature longlist has 13 authors, which includes seven Indian, three Pakistani, two Sri Lankan and one American writer based in India. Last year, the winner was Anuradha Roy for her book Sleeping on Jupiter.

His Story: The Boy from Pataliputra is one to watch out for
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

The narrative is detailed and descriptions are so vivid that it feels like an eye-witness account. Equally commendable is the characterisation. This is a story that will transport you to a different era, keep you hooked and leave you wanting more.

How the Human Library’s first event in Delhi got people talking
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

The first event of the Human Library's Delhi chapter saw around 700 people turn up to meet and speak to 11 books over just 5 hours and 30 minutes.

Seven Things to Do When You Are Going Solo
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

Happy Feet! Handy travel advice you won’t get on the Internet.

Don’t borrow a book, borrow a human: The Human Library to open in Delhi this Sunday
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

The Human Library Delhi, opens on June 18 in Connaught Place, where you can borrow your own 'human book' for 20 minutes.

Phew! Bangkok street food vendors aren’t going anywhere after all
Thu, Apr 20, 2017

Foodie travellers around the world can breathe a huge sigh of relief as Thai minister clarifies that street food vendors won't be barred in Bangkok.

Get your adrenaline pumping in the scenic vistas of Snowdonia
Thu, Apr 20, 2017

Alongside the tranquility and quietude that the Welsh highlands offer, especially the northern region, there has been a concentrated effort to promote adventure sports.

Portmeirion: Where a genius architect said ‘I’m building a village my way’, and we LOVE it
Tue, Apr 25, 2017

Portmeirion is a luxury resort that is equal parts living on a movie set and equal parts a man’s imagination set in the Mediterranean.

Plan your travel across Wales in 8 days — Cardiff to Conwy
Mon, May 01, 2017

We’re here to make your life even simpler and plan out an itinerary for you so that you can sample the best of Welsh tourism in about a week.

10 things you must see and do in North Wales
Tue, Apr 11, 2017

A trip to the UK will be incomplete without having explored the beautiful countryside of Wales, which weaves in stories of King Arthur and Merlin with Dr Who and Alice from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

15 stunning photos that will inspire you to pack your bags for North Wales NOW!
Tue, Apr 11, 2017

The Welsh region is a wonderful mix of stunning topography, history and traditional, warm, welcoming people and thankfully pristine vistas that make for a traveller’s paradise.

Inside Portmeirion: One man’s extraordinary vision
Tue, Apr 11, 2017

The luxury village resort of Portmeirion was built by architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis (1883-1978) to showcase how a beautiful natural site could be developed without spoiling it. Which is probably why it took the eccentric architect 20 years to just find the ideal place to make his vision come true.

Valentines Day special: Is India finally ready for speed dating… and changing concepts of young love?
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

After online dating sites and apps, are young Indians ready to take it offline yet again? Now, a timer in hand...

India Art Fair 2017: 6 artworks you must check out
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

From Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum to Sudarsh Shetty's Taj Mahal, don't miss these works from this edition of the India Art Fair.

Long weekend getaways for 2017: Where are you going for Ganesh Chaturthi?
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

This year has 14 long weekends, and two of which could be nine-day-long mini vacations in August and October if only you take a couple of strategic leaves. We've taken notes from our own travels and with inputs from experts, we suggest destinations in India and abroad.

The Solo Backpacker’s Survival Guide to Europe
Sun, Dec 25, 2016

You can do it cheap, but not without an Excel Sheet.

After backlash, Jack and Jones withdraws ‘sexist’ ad featuring Ranveer Singh; but is that a solution?
Thu, Nov 24, 2016

How could the countless people (and one is being hopeful that gender equality exists) charged with assessing the various sensibilities of an ad miss these offensive tonalities?

How Delhi-NCR-based companies are tackling pollution
Sun, Nov 20, 2016

To address the health risks associated with the exposure to such high-level pollutants, several firms have taken steps to help ensure their employees inhale as little 'toxic air' as possible.

Melania Trump: America’s most glamorous First Lady, since Jackie Kennedy
Sat, Nov 26, 2016

Melania Trump definitely knows her way around high-end couture, and the last 12 months show her preparing for her role at the White House.

10 trips every woman should take
Tue, Nov 08, 2016

For the multi-tasking and multi-faceted woman, travel can mean different things, but one thing remains the same — it's a process of growth for all.

Is there a consommé at the Nobel banquet this year? Well, Chef Mark Phoenix lets us into the culinary side of the Prize
Thu, Oct 27, 2016

In India for the Nobel Week, Chef Mark Phoenix shares interesting tid-bits of what goes into pulling off the much talk-about Nobel Banquet.

Temple Run: Where Superman meets Buddha in Thailand
Sun, Oct 16, 2016

The Wat Rong Khun, created by controversial Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, was meant to be a shrine to Buddha. Instead, it has emerged as a hugely popular tourist attraction in Thailand.

Watch: This prosthetic cane leg is changing lives; here’s why
Thu, Oct 06, 2016

Bengaluru start-up, Rise Legs, has come up with a prosthetic leg for amputees made of cane, which is not only light but much more affordable too.

10 things to keep in mind before that awesome solo trip
Wed, Sep 28, 2016

When you have no one but yourself and the universe to rely on, things can get pretty intense. So, here are some tips to make sure you’re capable of handling even the trickiest of situations.

New on the Block: The Addams House offers a deliciously spooky gastronomic affair for foodies
Sat, Aug 27, 2016

This new Addams Family-inspired gastro-pub in Gurgaon's Sector 29 is a delightful addition to Delhi-NCR's theme-based restaurant landscape.

Of burkinis in fashion, Rio, bans and freedom
Wed, Dec 21, 2016

The banning of the burkini in several French towns has made it the most debated garment in the world. The irony lies in the fact that it was meant as a symbol of liberation for Muslim women, but is now being viewed as a symbol of enslavement of women.

Haven’t booked your Independence Day long-weekend mini-vacation? Here are some last-minute tips
Sun, Aug 14, 2016

It’s not too late to salvage this three-day long weekend if you haven’t booked yourself a vacation yet. Just follow these tips.