Singapore in a Sidecar

A tour company run by vintage Vespa enthusiasts takes guests on rides around Singapore’s historic neighborhoods.
Singapore Sidecars offers a variety of tours from S$160 (US$117) per person per hour, exploring neighborhoods such as Tiong Bahru and Tanglin, Joo Chiat and Katong, and Kampong Glam. Guests have the option to create a bespoke itinerary. A nighttime pub crawl is also available, while seasonal pop-up tours are oriented around festivals and large-scale events.

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Travelling with parents part 3: Unexpected brushes with the ordinary

When abroad, there’s never any warning about how septuagenarian parents will behave BRUNCH Updated: Sep 01, 2018 22:36 IST Shoba Narayan Hindustan Times Shoba’s mother spent the entire trip in Singapore driving the electric buggy, having a blast(Shoba Narayan ) Driving a self-driven electric buggy reserved for senior citizens at one kilometre an hour may not…

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Travelling with Parents Part 2

A fallen walking stick and a wheelchair can change all perspectives

My father dropped his walking stick into a railway track right after he got photographed with Narendra Modi. The wax version of course, at the Madame Tussauds in Sentosa Island.

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Heritage Spirits of India

We had a sold out event.  Took us two months to put it together–  Jenny Pinto and I.  Thanks to our panelists who flew in for the event.  Thanks to Jenny for the after party 🙂 where we tasted Desmond’s Mahua in her beautiful Bangalore home.  Visit her website for the lovely paper lamps that she makes.

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Eating butter chicken at 32,000 feet

When I decided to take my parents on a holiday last month, I didn’t know where we would go, what we would do, or how I would handle their fragile health. But I knew one thing: my folks were going to fly business class.

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Iceland

Check out how this Chennai girl ended up in Iceland. India Today Travel Plus story here First Journeys: Iceland   Imagine my plight.  I grew up in Chennai and suddenly my daughter tells me that she wants to go to Iceland.  Now those of you sitting in Delhi and beyond might think that this is no…

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Flaneur in the City in The Hindu

Thank you Charles Baudelaire, Walter Benjamin, Elaine Sciolino and of course, the Sex in the City girls for inspiring this headline. Harshini Vakkalanka called from The Hindu and wanted an insider’s view of Bangalore.  I have to admit, I felt like I was betraying my Chennai.  But heck, you can love two cities, or many cities. Flaneur in…

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The Craziness of Vacation planning

This is happening right now in many Indian families.  The NRIs want to plan months in advance and the Indians cannot even plan the next week.  It all depends on whether the plumber shows up 🙂 We aren’t a commitment phobic people.  We are just interdependent on multiple moving parts.
In the Abilene Paradox, a group does something that nobody wants to do because each person thinks that everyone else wants to do it!

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Vivanta by Taj, Yeshwantpur Hotel Review

I attended a gorgeous wedding at this hotel. The Jiva spa here is really quite lovely.

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