In Benares, Jaunpur & Chunar by Rajiv Chopra – Benares, India | Kiss From The World®

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Looking Over To The Hermit Kingdom

  Several years back on a trip to Seoul, we were taken to the border with North Korea. We reached the border, and the guide suddenly stopped, stuck his arm out and pointed with his finger. “There, across the river”, he said, “Lies North Korea”. It was a cold day, with temperatures 5 degrees centigrade below zero. Yet, the chill that my Chinese friends…

A Japanese Holiday – Miho Museum

This is the last stop on our old Japanese holiday, The Miho Museum. This museum is fairly close to Kyoto actually, and is set right plumb in the centre of an absolutely beautiful, wooded, hilly countryside. It is set in stunning surroundings, and I was absolutely awed as we walked through the tunnel that is in the photo to get to the museum. The…

A Japanese Holiday – Himeji Castle

  A short stop on our various trails in Japan was Himeji Castle. As usual, I was carrying my son on my back, and I must say that despite the extra bulk around my waist those days, I managed to carry him up and down all the five floors of the Himeji Castle. I must say, however, that my huffing and puffing must have…

A Japanese Holiday – Shigaraki

  Next stop was Shigeraki, and once again, I shall insert a map into the post, but I shall do so at the end. I had never heard of Shigeraki, and I wondered why the hell we were driving to this strange place to make earthen pots. But, we did. We drove to Shigeraki. It was some distance from Roko Island,  and we had…

A Japanese Holiday – Nara

  Our next stop was at Nara, which was almost two hours or more from where we were staying. This entailed a change of train, but the train system is really fantastic in Japan. Maybe, a map should be inserted here, to give everyone an idea of where Nara is actually located in Japan. So, here goes. Since I had two hours in the…

A holiday in Japan – Kyoto

        The first place that we visited during that wonderful holiday, was Kyoto. It was an Indian invasion, of twenty odd Indians swarming into the local train, and marching into Kyoto. Now, Kyoto is a quiet and rather good looking town. This is amazing, if you consider that, during it’s history, it has been destroyed several times  due to fire and…

A Holiday In Japan – Rokko Island

        Years back, when the world was a younger place, I went on a holiday to Japan with my family, and a bunch of friends. We all shacked up at my friend’s house at Rokko Island. There were, as I remember, about 25 of us, from babies to adults, staying together in my classmates home. How is family managed to squeeze…

In Taipei

Many years back, there was an island called YiZhou. In modern times, this is called Taiwan In 1885, the Qing Dynasty designated Taiwan as the 22nd province of China. Needless to say, the Taiwanese have never accepted this. However, whenever I have spoken to someone from Mainland China, they all talk of Taiwan as part of China. In 1895, the Qing Dynasty ceded control…

Royal White

I love tigers. They are some of the most beautiful creatures that I have ever seen in my life. Sadly, I have only seen them in zoos, and not in the wild. Yes, whenever I have seen them, I have marveled at their almost unearthly grace. I remember reading “The Tyger” when I was little. It was, for me, one of the most amazing…