Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Once you have been to Two Chimneys, the otherworldly boutique hotel, designed and run by Geetan Batra, and set in Gethia, a hill station in India’s Uttarakhand’s Nainital district, it will live in your heart forever.  Ever since we had first met, my friend Geetan and I had talked about the prospect of visiting Gethia […]


Paradise found

01Jun11

If you are looking for paradise on Earth, I could give you directions, for I found it in Brazil. It goes by the unassuming name of the Instituto Cultural Inhotim (Inhotim Cultural Institute — Inhotim is pronounced In-yo-tcheem)*, Brazil’s gardens of art. In the unlikely setting of a tropical rainforest, lush hills, sculpted lawns and […]


 or my house is your house Before I headed out to Brazil, I was given the option by the Brazilian Embassy in Islamabad to connect with people that might interest me on my trip. I jumped at the opportunity, and googled “brazil citizen journalism.” I found the name of a Brazilian professional journalist who was […]


I know I promised a daily post from our travels, but we just did not stop for a breath. Not that any of us were complaining! I can tell you that Brazilians really know how to take care of you. As many of you know, we arrived in São Paulo on the evening of the 15th. […]


Blogging Brazil

15May11

After a 15-hour flight from Dubai, arrival in Brazil could not have been any sooner. Even in exhaustion, the sunset was striking, one of the most spectacular I’ve seen, and this isn’t even meant to be the pretty part of the country. The immigration process took a while but only because of the length of […]


Off to Brazil

10May11

I am honoured, humbled, delighted and excited to share that I am off to Brazil – yay! One of four Pakistanis invited by the Embassy of Brazil in Islamabad, I should be heading to one of the most spectacular destinations in the world by the end of this week. Did I mention that I was […]


[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=commercial+airline&iid=8656706″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8656706/gov-imposes-stricter/gov-imposes-stricter.jpg?size=500&imageId=8656706″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /] You would think going off to Europe for a week would be fun, yes? Think again if you’re taking a flight out of Karachi’s Jinnah Terminal. I’m one of those people who leaves home three and a half hours before my flight is meant to leave. For […]