Emerald of the Equator

Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, consisting of 17,508 islands, out of which, 6000 are inhabited. Such a geographical grouping stretches Indonesia’s border to Singapore and Malaysia on its west at the Strait of Malacca, to Australia at the Timor Sea in the west, and to the South China Sea and the IndianContinue reading “Emerald of the Equator”

The Land of a Million Elephants

Laos — pronounced with ‘s’ silent — is sandwiched among buzzing tourist destinations in Southeast Asia like Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. Therefore, the attention it commands from a global traveler is predictably dwarfed. Yet any tourist who chooses to put this country on his/her itinerary is sure to be enthralled by this picturesque place. JuxtaposedContinue reading “The Land of a Million Elephants”

The City of White Nights

 In July 2018 I visited Saint Petersburg, the city founded by and named after Tsar Peter the Great in 1703. History seeps through every pore of this magnificent city. The city was founded on the territory captured from the Swiss and was initially named as Sankt-Pieter-Burch — the Russian equivalent of St. Petersburg. The naming andContinue reading “The City of White Nights”

Cusco and The Incas

Cusco was the cultural and administrative capital of the Inca civilization that arose from the highlands of Peru in the early 13th century. The Incas, like the Mayans of Southern Mexico and Central America, were able to build one of the largest empires through the conquests of large parts of Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, ColombiaContinue reading “Cusco and The Incas”

The Land of Our First Grandparents

Science traces the first man to unicellular Amoeba that evolved 800 million years ago. Christianity says that Adam is the first human. Hinduism has two concepts for the origin of man as explained in Rig Veda – Hiranyagarbha and Purusha concepts,. In whichever of these or other concepts of man’s origin that you believe in,Continue reading “The Land of Our First Grandparents”

Beautiful Hong Kong

Geographically, Hong Kong has three regions: Hong Kong island, Kowloon and the New Territories.  Hong Kong island is connected to the Kowloon Peninsula through underwater metro train tunnels, bus tunnels and also through ferry services. Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railways, or M.T.R., runs completely underground and rated as the best metro rail network in theContinue reading “Beautiful Hong Kong”

A Rendezvous with the Dragon

“When America sneezes, the world catches a cold,” a common phrase that has nothing to do with health of people  but the financial health of the world. Though China is yet to grow to that level, it is definitely growing to that level. The post-globalization world is so interconnected demographically that a contagion in aContinue reading “A Rendezvous with the Dragon”

The Land of The Highest

The Kingdom of Nepal was the only nation in the world that had Hinduism as the state religion. It was till 2007 when the elected representatives of the new parliament in Nepal abolished the monarchy and pronounced the country as a secular nation which was renamed as the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. Nepal isContinue reading “The Land of The Highest”

The Land of A Thousand Hills

If you ask me, “Which is the cleanest city in sub-Saharan Africa?,  I will answer, “Kigali.” Safety being the primary criterion involved in deciding your tourist destination, you, I am sure, will ask one more question: “Which is the safest city in sub-Saharan Africa.?  I will add Accra, the capital of Ghana, to Kigali toContinue reading “The Land of A Thousand Hills”

South America

Many people think Latin America is the same as South America, but it is not correct though South America is Latin America. Latin America is a broader term covering South America, Central America, Mexico and a part of the Caribbean islands that predominantly speak Spanish.There are 20 countries and 14 dependent territories in Latin AmericaContinue reading “South America”

A Ship’s Passage Through The Panama Canal

The Republic of Panama is a small country of 4 million people in Central America and is the geographical link between South America and North America through the 6-nation stretch of narrow Central America. When we talk about Panama, the first thing that comes to our mind is the Panama Canal, a quintessential engineering wonderContinue reading “A Ship’s Passage Through The Panama Canal”