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An invitation to experience a dip in God’s private pool at the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru in the Maldives

“Does God have a swimming pool in heaven?”,  I would ask my mother when I was very little. She would always answer ‘yes’ and would say that God did have the most beautiful swimming pool ever.  I always loved the way she would take her time to describe God’s swimming pool.  She would say the pool in paradise was clear with the bluest of blue, turquoise coloured water and that it was as big as an ocean. She would talk about how it was surrounded by white beaches with velvet smooth sand grains which would feel like soft talcum powder when you cupped it in your fist. She would talk about green swaying palm trees and coconuts which carried in their green shells, water which was sweeter than sugar.

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Palm fringed backwaters beckon at the Taj Vivanta Bekal

For the August 15th weekend, we chose to travel within India. After a short early morning flight from Mumbai, we landed in Managalore, a little after 10:00 am. A hotel car was waiting to drive us to Bekal, a small town on the shores of north Kerala , a state in South India. The drive from Mangalore airport to Kasaragod district, where the Taj Vivanta Bekal is located, was quite picturesque with vast expanses of coconut trees and river crossings. Kasaragod is bounded by the Western ghats in the east and the Arabian sea in the west and has twelve rivers flowing across its terrain. On account of extensive road work, our drive stretched on for an extra 30 minutes, but we did not complain as we let our eyes soak in the local surroundings.

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Is it safe to travel to Thailand??

With news about street protests, a Prime Minister deposed, the imposition of martial law followed by a military coup and now curfews, you are forgiven for wanting to opt for a last minute switch in your summer travel plans.

However, in my reading, the country is safer today with the military in charge as compared to what it was a few months ago when street protests called for Yingluck Shinawatra, the 28th Prime Minister of Thailand, to step down. The Thai army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha is now in power following a bloodless coup. Continue reading

The Siam Kempinski Bangkok

Located in the heart of Bangkok’s premier shopping and entertainment district lies a rare jewel of a hotel. A true Oasis with a resort like feel. A hotel which graces you with it’s sheer opulence the moment you walk into it’s grand lobby. The Siam Kempinski gives the word ‘luxury’ a new meaning and embraces you with every inch of the warmth of hospitality, Thailand is so well loved for.

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