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Shalini Iyengar is finishing her studies at a leading law school in India. However, her extra-curricular engagements keep her on a tight schedule as she travels to various universities in Europe. These travels have convinced her to pursue a postgraduate education in Italy.

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Top festivals and events in Asia this week: April 2-8

April 2, 2012 - 0 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

MOVIES, culture, flowers and remembering the ancestors: even during the slower months of the year, Asia’s got enough happening to keep you occupied. The 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival, March 25- April 5 One of the more important film festivals on the Asian calendar, the HK film festival is now well into middle age…>

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Top festivals and events in Asia this week – March 26-April 1

March 25, 2012 - 0 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

THIS week in Asia has music, fests and religion of both the meditative and the colourful kind- wherever you are and whatever your tastes, there’ll be something for you! Chiang Mai Fest, March 23- April 7, Chiang Mai, Thailand The Chiang Mai Festival in Thailand is set to be held again this year after its…>

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Top festivals and events in Asia this week – March 19-25

March 19, 2012 - 1 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

ASIA this week offers residents and travellers some cinema, quite a bit of New Year celebrations and a whole lot of sports. Basically, everyone’s happy! The Singapore Triathlon, March 20, Singapore The limits to which human beings like to push themselves clearly have few limits – the triathlon will see competitors cycle 40 km, swim…>

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Top festivals and events in Asia this week – March 12-18

March 12, 2012 - 1 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

THERE’S plenty to see and do around Asia this week with an excellent assortment of Asian festivals and events. It’s a good week for music fans in Southeast Asia with the Future Music Festival in KL and Mosaic in Singapore. The Shanghai Lit Fest in full swing in China while sporty types might enjoy the…>

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Top festivals and events in Asia this week – March 5-11

March 5, 2012 - 0 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

MUSIC, books, kite-flying and one insanely polychromatic festival – Asia this week (as on most weeks!) has something for everyone’s tastes. The Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature, March 6-10, Dubai, United Arab Emirates As the largest literature festival in the Middle East, the EAFL is held in the vibrant city of Dubai and has consistently…>

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Top festivals and events in Asia this week – Feb 27 – March 4

February 27, 2012 - 1 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

FROM literature in China to yoga an India, there are festivals and events in Asia this week to suit every taste. Shanghai International Literary Festival, 29 February-18 March, 2012 How many literary festivals can claim their origins to martinis? Proof positive that alcohol consumption (in moderation of course! For the most part, anyway) can lead…>

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Insider’s guide to the best budget eats in Kolkata

February 23, 2012 - 2 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

THERE are few cities which wear their hearts on their sleeve as much as Kolkata – it’s my city and I’m probably biased – but of all the things Kolkatans are passionate about, food ranks very, very high on that list. Ask anyone in Kolkata and they’ll be indignant if you’re surprised that hours can…>

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Top festivals and events in Asia this week – Feb 20-26

February 20, 2012 - 0 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

FROM performance arts in Singapore to jungle racing in Vietnam, here is a round-up of the best festivals and events around Asia this week. M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, February 15-26, Singapore February is the month of relationships. And it’s not just about romantic love. Explore a different type of relationship – between Art and Faith. Special to the…>

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Top festivals and events in Asia this week – Feb 13-20

February 14, 2012 - 0 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

CARNIVALS, adventure sports, fighting and general celebrations, Asia this week is replete with a huge variety of things to do! M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, February 15-26 February is the month of relationships. And it’s not just about romantic love. Explore a different type of relationship – between Art and Faith – come 15 February at the M1 Singapore…>

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7 great beach reads

February 12, 2012 - 0 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

SUN, sand and surf don’t quite lend themselves to lugging around a massive, existentialist (and often depressing) tome. The following books on the list are some of my personal favourites – all caveats about the arbitrariness of these lists apply. Furthermore, some books weren’t included since they form part of a series and it’s a…>

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Top festivals and events in Asia this week – Feb 6-12

February 6, 2012 - 0 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

ARTS in India, snow sculptures in China, Yen Tu in Vietnam, and more. Just a few great festivals and events in Asia this week… Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, February 4-12, Mumbai, India Now in its 14th year, the Kala Ghoda Festival remains a beloved part of Mumbai’s performing arts calendar. With theatre, music, dance and…>

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Top festivals and events in Asia this week – Jan 30- Feb 5

February 1, 2012 - 0 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

Khajuraho Dance Festival, February 1-7, 2012 Madhya Pradesh, India This year will witness the tenth anniversary of a week long dance festival held in an ancient temple complex which stands as silent testimony to the intricacy of Indian architecture and erotic sculture. For the first time, this year’s edition will offer free entry and showcase…>

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Asia’s best dance festivals

January 31, 2012 - 1 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

“DANCING is the art of getting your feet out of the way faster than your partner can step on them.” -Anonymous “Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.” – Samuel Beckett “Dancing is silent poetry.” – Simonides Dancing is many things to many people and very often all of them at the same time.…>

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Festival Focus: Nokia Indiafest 2012

January 25, 2012 - 0 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

NOKIA Indiafest, January 27-28, Goa, India is an inter-collegiate competition in a variety of areas including theatre, literary arts, dance, music and fashion. Registration is free, it’s being held in Goa and the emphasis on ensuring participation from every part of India should go a long way in making this a truly pan-Indian event. The…>

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Top events in Asia this week – January 23-29

January 24, 2012 - 0 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

THE Year of the Dragon gets under way, Indian students gear up for Nokia Indiafest and Hong Kong enjoys Well-Wishing Festival. It’s all happening in Asia this week… The Dover Lane music festival , January 22-25, Kolkata, India, is a fantastic event for all those who love Indian classical music. Spread over three days, the…>

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Festival Focus: Jaipur Literature Festival – January 20-24

January 20, 2012 - 1 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

ESTABLISHED in 2008, the Jaipur Literature Festival has an aura that far outstrips its relative youth. Today, the Jaipur fest is one of South Asia’s largest with attendees from all around the world and a focus on celebrating the rich literary traditions and heritage of the region. This endeavour is especially valuable in light of…>

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Top events in Asia this week – January 16-22

January 18, 2012 - 0 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

LITERARY festivals, pageantry, buskers and good ole country music, it’s all happening in Asia this week… Ati Atihan Festival - The last 2/3 weeks in January Pageantry, drama and above all, colour- the Ati Atihan festival in Panay Island, Philippines involves a lot of things going on pretty much all at the same time- in Jo’s…>

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4 must-read Asian travel books

January 10, 2012 - 1 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

AS a self-confessed bibliophile, I’ve always found that books make the perfect companions on a journey. Travelogues and books which describe countries and people are especially wonderful – these writings are a window to the soul of our species. It’s really hard to choose just a few without being arbitrary but in no particular order,…>

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A night in… Kathmandu, Nepal

January 9, 2012 - 0 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

THE capital of the Himalayan country of Nepal, Kathmandu has a long and storied history replete with adventures and misadventures of all sorts. Nepal has had a fascinating albeit turbulent time for the past few years replete with tales of palace intrigue, former outlaws taking over the reins of governance, Constitution framing and a focus…>

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A night in… Jakarta, Indonesia

January 4, 2012 - 0 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

WHAT hits you most about Jakarta is simply the sensation of being enveloped by the sheer mass of humanity. It’s far from an uncommon sensation for those used to Asia and her cities but it strikes you here again, nonetheless. And the facts bear this out – Jakarta is home to around 9.6 million people…>

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Walking Vacations: 6 of the most scenic mountain vistas of India

December 27, 2011 - 1 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountain rise into and above the clouds. – Edward Abbey A list such as this is necessarily arbitrary- trails and hills mean different things to different people- some meander and others prefer the serious treks that cover miles a…>

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7 great glamping destinations in Asia

December 23, 2011 - 1 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

TRANQUILITY, check. Adventure, check. Childhood camping fantasies relived, check! There’s something intrinsically nostalgic about the idea of tented accommodation in the wilds and luckily glamping allows a taste of the great outdoors without any of the pesky attendant problems that accompany most camping trips. The glamps noted below offer a wide range of experiences with…>

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5 great student festivals in Asia

December 23, 2011 - 3 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

THERE’S something quite wonderful about student life – parents are tasked with paying tuition and bills and we, the students, are tasked with learning about life. Mark Twain knew what he was saying when he implored us to not let school interfere with our education! College festivals are an integral part of student life in…>

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Where to find the best street food in Asia

December 15, 2011 - 0 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

ONE cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. -Virginia Woolf I have long believed that good food, good eating is all about risk. Whether we’re talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters or working for organized crime ‘associates,’ food, for me, has always been an adventure -Anthony Bourdain STREET food…>

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6 of the best… Little Indias in Asia

December 9, 2011 - 0 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

SPICE, aromatic cuisine and jewel-bright colours – you can take the Indians out of India but it’s a lot tougher to take India out of the Indians. With that in mind, this article looks at six of the most colourful “Little Indias” in Asia – small havens of the Indian subcontinent recreated far away from…>

Top festivals and events in Asia this week: April 2-8

Top festivals and events in Asia this week: April 2-8

April 2, 2012 - 0 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

MOVIES, culture, flowers and remembering the ancestors: even during the slower months of the year, Asia’s got enough happening to keep you occupied. The 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival, March 25- April 5 One of the more important film festivals on the Asian calendar, the HK film festival is now well into middle age…>

Top festivals and events in Asia this week – March 26-April 1

Top festivals and events in Asia this week – March 26-April 1

March 25, 2012 - 0 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

THIS week in Asia has music, fests and religion of both the meditative and the colourful kind- wherever you are and whatever your tastes, there’ll be something for you! Chiang Mai Fest, March 23- April 7, Chiang Mai, Thailand The Chiang Mai Festival in Thailand is set to be held again this year after its…>

Top festivals and events in Asia this week – March 19-25

Top festivals and events in Asia this week – March 19-25

March 19, 2012 - 1 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

ASIA this week offers residents and travellers some cinema, quite a bit of New Year celebrations and a whole lot of sports. Basically, everyone’s happy! The Singapore Triathlon, March 20, Singapore The limits to which human beings like to push themselves clearly have few limits – the triathlon will see competitors cycle 40 km, swim…>

Top festivals and events in Asia this week – March 5-11

Top festivals and events in Asia this week – March 5-11

March 5, 2012 - 0 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

MUSIC, books, kite-flying and one insanely polychromatic festival – Asia this week (as on most weeks!) has something for everyone’s tastes. The Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature, March 6-10, Dubai, United Arab Emirates As the largest literature festival in the Middle East, the EAFL is held in the vibrant city of Dubai and has consistently…>

Top festivals and events in Asia this week –  Feb 27 – March 4

Top festivals and events in Asia this week – Feb 27 – March 4

February 27, 2012 - 1 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

FROM literature in China to yoga an India, there are festivals and events in Asia this week to suit every taste. Shanghai International Literary Festival, 29 February-18 March, 2012 How many literary festivals can claim their origins to martinis? Proof positive that alcohol consumption (in moderation of course! For the most part, anyway) can lead…>

Insider’s guide to the best budget eats in Kolkata

Insider’s guide to the best budget eats in Kolkata

February 23, 2012 - 2 Comments - Shalini Iyengar

THERE are few cities which wear their hearts on their sleeve as much as Kolkata – it’s my city and I’m probably biased – but of all the things Kolkatans are passionate about, food ranks very, very high on that list. Ask anyone in Kolkata and they’ll be indignant if you’re surprised that hours can…>

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