Visiting Kerala backwaters: Forget houseboats

Pick any of the lists of “Top Things to do in Kerala” and I bet that a cruise of the backwaters on a houseboat will be right on the top of it. After our trip to the backwaters, however, I can assure you that you are not risking missing the “quintessential Keralan experience” if you…

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India in movies: All the clichés are true

Movies are usually exploiting our prejudices to the extreme to create comical situations. Except movies about India in which all the clichés are true. My claim is based on my thorough analysis of movies like Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Million Dollar Arm. Coincidentally I watched the last one on the flight back…

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