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Raisin the perfect

There is a 62- kilometer stretch somewhere deep in Spain which is bordered with terraced vineyards, and speckled with traditional drying beds of grapes. Back in the 19th century travelers stood there in wonder as they saw those fine pebbles drying in the sun. They had only to taste to taste them to anoint Muscatel raisin as the emperor of raisins in the world. El Borge, that beautiful village situated 28 kms from Malaga town on the scenic ‘Route of … Continue reading

Last tango on the road

About the awesome moments in our lives… You are driving. With little foresight you had emptied pitchers and pitchers of water before the journey. Blame yourself. If water goes in, it must find a way out. See. It finds it out. You hear it trickling in and sloshing inside the check dam deep below. The alarm rings now. No problem. So long as there are roads, there are road sides too. You only have to switch off your environ-conscience for … Continue reading

Some like it Du kang!

Feast your eyes on its beauty, bring it closer so that your nose picks the sweet wafts of a fruity aroma, now gently lock your lips on the brim of the cup and let the liquid gravitate into your mouth molecule by molecule… Du Kang never thought he was going to be a legend in Chinese brewing industry when he stashed away wheat and millet in a tree hole near a mountain spring. He was saving them for hard times. … Continue reading

A slice of Eden

My finger recoils. As if it has just touched an 11 kv line. “Do people take bath here?” I turn back and shout at Aji, my driver. “They are crazy over it.” He screams back pitching his reply above the loud roar of the waterfall, sealing my fate. I touch the freezing water again. Against this deafening scream of the water, even a cry for help would be responded by my driver with a wave his hand, greeting me back. … Continue reading