A City Unexpected

Beijing is much more than expected. The city has transformed to a great extent; all thanks to the Olympic Games. The infrastructure that has been created in a short span of only eight years is remarkable. Coming from Pune, I can only marvel at the clean and wide roads, bridges and public transport that adorn the city, which is several…

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Beijing Planning

Planning the Trip… Sixteen years ago when my husband-to-be told me he wanted to visit every Olympic event, I was skeptical at best. Why would one want to go in crowds and see ant like figures play sports. What could be better than the power of live television and slow motion playback?

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Cruising the Yangtze

If I had to pinpoint one thing that I remembered the most about the Yangtze cruise it would be the overwhelming fact that 1.3 million people have been relocated in that region for the building of the Three Gorges Dam. At $180 billion, the Three Gorges Dam is largest hydropower dam project in the world, another of China’s “great walls.”…

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Fasting and Feasting in Pune

During the holy month of Ramzan Muslims world over fast from sunrise to sunset. When the sun does set it is time for celebration with a grandiose spread of Iftar. Iftar literally means breaking of the fast and the Iftar feast is special catering to the occasion. Pune is a city 100 miles south of Mumbai with a population of…

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