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EXTRAVAGANT musicals, live theatrical shows, special effects, aerial acrobatics and more – Kingdom of Dreams may as well be India’s answer to Broadway
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THERE is one thing that binds together millions of gypsies that are scattered across Asia, Africa, North and South America and Australia: music. They all understand the language of music and dance. This year, in its second edition, the Jodhpur Flamenco and Gypsy Festival commemorated the journey of the gypsies with an amalgamation of Rajasthani folk music, Turkish sounds and the fluid movements of Spanish flamenco.
MOST countries in Asia have a local version of a rickshaw, an affordable and efficient two or three wheeled form of transport for anything from tourists to goods. The word itself comes from the Japanese word jinrikisha, meaning human powered vehicle, although today they can be hand pulled, cycles or even automatically powered by electrics, solar or fuel (natural gas, two and four stroke).
Thai authorities are putting a kibosh on Koh Phangan’s notorious debauchery, forbidding most of the notoriously loud and narcotics-addled parties that draw throngs of young Westerners – not to mention lucrative tourism revenuies – to the small, idyllic island.
WHEN I first came to Myanmar, also known as Burma, in 2009 it felt like a country frozen in time due to its years of isolation and stagnation. Indeed I recall penning an article for Jet Star, something along the lines of it being one of the few places left you could glimpse the Asia of old, one that existed some 50 years ago. And at that time, within the glittering modernity of much of Asia’s new sky rise cities, that was oddly appealing but also a rather simplistic perception.