Travel: Seeking Jamdanis and nostalgia in Kolkata

As much as the city changes, its soul remains the same BRUNCH Updated: Mar 23, 2019 23:18 IST Shoba NarayanHindustan Times Jamdani sarees and a dream I have come to Kolkata in search of Jamdani saris and a dream. Not my dream, really, but the Bengali dream. In an age when the world appears largely similar,…

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Jasmine perfume in Madurai

A Sufi saint was asked what forgiveness is. He said, “It is the scent the flower gives out when it is crushed.”

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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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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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Cricket in Mumbai for Qantas

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28 Kothi Hotel Review

This boutique guest house with just five individually-styled rooms makes a virtue out of its quirky minimalism. The Instagrammable interiors are dotted with thoughtful design touches. Dinner, which is prepared on request, is superb and served in the candlelit garden.

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Shahpura House Review

This meticulously maintained 64-room heritage hotel, in a quiet residential area of Jaipur, is owned and run by an aristocratic family. They live on the top floor and take pleasure in sharing their traditions and festivals in a way that is both authentic and ebullient.

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Samode Palace Hotel Review

This 16th-century palace nestled in the ancient Aravalli hills has striking wall murals, atmospheric rooms, an infinity pool, and a great wine cellar. It’s an hour outside Jaipur, and run by the same family that lorded over 45 surrounding villages in princely times.

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Hilton Embassy Golflinks Hotel Review

This hidden pearl in the heart of Bangalore affords quiet, spacious studio-style rooms with kitchenettes for long-stay guests. Facilities include a spa, swimming pool, badminton court and restaurants.

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Tree of Life Jaipur hotel review

This resort an hour outside the Pink City of Jaipur is designed to pamper guests with spacious villas, a swimming pool overlooking the Aravali hills, a spa offering excellent treatments, an organic garden, and walking trails that encourage solitude and reflection.

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