It’s that time of the year…

February 11th, 2011

(First appeared in The Hindu Business Line November 2, 2010)

It’s like being at the other end when Sehwag is batting, that is the fate of Valentine’s Day and the Union Budget, this year. With a broad spectrum of themes still at play, here comes the Cricket World Cup, to crowd out the two annual events from mind and media.

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Leisure Island

February 2nd, 2011

(First appeared in Swagath, Feb 2011)

The tropical forests, turquoise waters and white sand beaches of Langkawi can dish up a memorable vacation

40 kilometres off the western coastline of Thailand and Malaysia, Langkawi is the largest in an archipelago of 90 odd islands, collectively declared a Geopark by UNESCO. 25 kilometres from anywhere in Langkawi, you can reach the fine white sands and the emerald waters. The southern tips of Pantai Cenang and Kuah town, both with a high concentration of hotels, are well connected to all major tourist attractions, with good roads winding through paddy fields if not tropical forests. An ideal place to drive around. Read the rest of this entry »