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  • The Great Bengal romance with the Sundarbans

    She is a friend and a foe. She is all encompassing and she can take away all. The mighty Sundarbans, the enchanted forest, the recipient of my modern-day love letters.

  • Love in Florence

    On a bright sunny August afternoon, the view from the Camping Michelangelo—a camp site set on a hill above the city of Florence—is spectacularly exhilarating.

  • Rafting in the Grand Canyon

    My first visit to the Grand Canyon was with my wife, as a newly wedded couple several decades ago. I was so fascinated by the majesty and beauty of the vast expanse of red rock and by what must have been the immense power of the meandering river, that I told myself I had to experience this canyon and that river at closer proximity. I questioned myself over the years why I felt that way so compulsively.

  • In search of Heidi, eating my way through bits of Bhutan

    The Proustian punch of eating food that stirs a nerve is something I have always been on a quest for.

  • Lost at the Prague Castle

    Many say that travelling makes you free, educates you, creates a bigger network that one can benefit from and of course, learn about a foreign culture. I would agree with all that, and add, however, that it also makes you think.

  • Why heavenly Bosnia deserves to be your next travel destination

    Rich in history and natural beauty, the country is relatively cheap to travel across.

  • New AI technologies promise to make travel a little smarter

    The Terminator wants to be your next travel agent.

  • A non-touristy tourist destination

    One of the special aspects about Bhutan is the way they have maintained their tourism industry—they don't overdo it.

  • 'O Madams', a trip to find ancient ruins and haors

    We spent our two days in Habiganj, eating through the town, walking through the forests that house the last vultures, sitting under the shade of an old banyan tree and catching some old-time village gossip.

  • Through the submerged world of Barisal

    I like to think that poet Jibanananda Das derived inspiration for his seminal poem Banalata Sen during his times in Barisal.

  • Trekking 101 - A Beginner's Guide

    There are two kinds of people in this world- those who have been on the daunting, yet incredibly beautiful journey to Nafakum or Keokradong, Bandarban and those who have it on their to-do list.

  • A Visit to the Hawaiian Islands

    The island state of Hawai'i has been called a paradise in this world. Its multifarious scenic beauty, magnificent beaches, active volcanoes, flora-fauna, and its vast distance from nearest land, have made it a very attractive spot to visit.

  • (My) Magical Mystery Tour

    “Is there any name for that feeling when hours of research tell you that you are going to witness something beautiful and you feel

  • Pages of Kolkata

    It was a usual summer day in Kolkata. A nonchalant working day where one is bound to wake up from the rings and horns of the busy Kolkata streets.

  • Vincent and I

    The lobby of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) seemed to be an organised chaos - hundreds of people standing there in a serpentine queue, talking art and waiting impatiently to grab their ticket to get into the magical madness of this place. There was impatience, but no rage.

  • The Finer China

    In November of 2015, with 18 other journalists from different countries, I travelled to China to report on The One Belt, One Road

  • The Venice of China

    Everywhere you look, a piece of the beautiful Grand Canal can be seen peeping through from beside the busy streets.

  • Paris in Pixels

    A train ride from Barcelona to the Paris Gar de Lyon, is a long one. Even though we Bangladeshis are used to spending hours on the streets of Dhaka to get to Motijheel from Gulshan, the 6 hour train ride from Spain to France is quite a long one for Europeans.

  • More than just Sunbathing!

    Sunny beaches, swimming in the ocean and scuba diving -- the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand are all this and so much more! The long strip of footpath on one side, the beach and mountains on the other – are all that build the city. A walk down the road will reveal second hand bookshops, stores selling fresh sea food, jazz music playing at restaurants and artists selling their art.

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    My Food Adventures in Bangkok

    While Bangkok, one of the most-visited cities in the world, still lumbers under the stigma of the soulless sleaze for some, the highlight of my trip was without a doubt – food.

  • Eternal Paris

    On October 23 2014, I put on a cardigan and set off to explore Paris on foot and partially by the metro. It was a pleasant sunny afternoon and the sun was shining bright above my head.

  • Cervantes lost and found after 400 years

    On a sunny spring Sunday in Spain, travelling out of Madrid by train accompanied by Senora Etelvina Ramirez, a senior Spanish Advocate, a person hugely interested in almost any subject under the sun and an incorrigible culture vulture, we got off at Alcala de Henares, only 35 kilometers from northeast of the capital.

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