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Sideways on a Scooter – Miranda Kennedy

LIFE AND LOVE-CUM-ARRANGED MARRIAGE British-American journalist Miranda Kennedy spent five years in India, moving to Delhi from New York in 2002. She worked for National Public Radio and a slew of newspapers, but this book is far more interesting than your average action-packed journo memoir. Subtitled Life and love in India, it tells the stories … Continue reading

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Aman Sharma, cricket photographer

Some people just make it look so easy. Amritsar-based photojournalist Aman Sharma got his break in photography when he was still in school, shooting for AP on a compact camera. From there he moved into sports photography, covering everything from the ICC Cricket World Cup to the Beijing Olympics. In town last month to shoot … Continue reading

To a Mountain in Tibet – Colin Thubron

THE HEART OF THE MATTER This is an unusual book from Colin Thubron, regarded by many as the world’s greatest travel writer. It’s short – just 218 pages – and less dense than his other books, which often involve rambling journeys through the world’s forgotten places. Think Russia, Siberia, Central Asia or 1980s China, their … Continue reading

Something in the coffee?

AP photo/Ashwini Bhatia In Dharamshala for the Indian Premier League cricket tournament last month, former Australian batsman and wicketkeeper supreme Adam Gilchrist dropped by Moonpeak Espresso to say a quick g’day. Gilchrist was a regular at the café when he visited Dharamshala in April 2010 (below). He scored a match-winning 106 (above) the day after he … Continue reading

Australia’s Great Ocean Walk

WALKING ON WATER The Great Ocean Road twists through 250 kilometres of restless grandeur on Australia’s southern seaboard. In a country that is outrageously blessed with spectacular coastline, this route is among the most awe-inspiring of the lot, stacked with towering crags, honeycombed cliffs, tiny bays and foaming blowholes. There are dense forests teeming with … Continue reading

Wandering the Spiti Valley

HEAVEN IS A PEA FIELD After waiting two hours for the bus to fill up with passengers and a few animals, we left Manali at 7am, and an hour later we were stuck in a huge traffic jam caused by landslides on the Rohtang Pass. Finally the Spiti Valley appeared in the distance, and we … Continue reading