Prague: The Bohemians are hardly Bohemian!

Why Prague? Prague is the biggest city in the Czech province of Bohemia, but it was never on our priority list. After all  in common English, a Bohemian is a freaky non-conformist. So, when my Brother-in-law proposed a 2-day family trip, we asked “what could this place offer a genteel tourist?”. Yet, we reluctantly agreed,…

My Grand-Uncle & the Great Sea-Bridge

Our first engineer When I was a little boy, my soft-spoken Mama-Thatha # often visited my Grandmother. Yet I hardly knew Sundaram Mama: he belonged to the 19th century, and I to the 20th century, so what could be common between us? Why, I didn’t even know what he used to do for a living!…

Postcards from Switzerland

The Time-machine Last winter, Anu & I made our first ever trip to Switzerland.. We had both grown watching clips of Switzerland on Chitrahaar & Oliyum-OLiyum ¹ (remember those ancient TV programs where the Hero & Heroine rolled all over Swiss Alps?). So we broadly knew what to expect—that’s when we realised  that the real Switzerland…

Granada (3): Sacromonte, Street-Music & Souvenirs

Foreword I had been obsessed with visiting Granada for years. Every time Placido Domingo sang Granada,¹ I felt he was personally inviting me! So forgive me if I go a little overboard…  This is the last (phew!) post of my trilogy on Granada. For the earlier pieces, click on Granada (1): The Paradise of the Nasrids  …

Zurich: Zimply Zuperb !

The spirit of Zurich As cities go, Zurich is a midget. Zurich Municipality has only 0.4 million people (that was roughly Chennai’s population in 1881! )  and even Greater Metropolitan Zurich has only 1.8 million. Yet it is an urban wonder— one of the world’s busiest financial hubs, and arguably the most live-able city, with…