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The Blood trees of Socotra

(Esperienza Exotique is a column on exotic experiences waiting for us in different parts of the world. We will walk the earth, hop on to a train, a cruise or a car to find the best, the most precious and the most valuable in the world. It can be an orange, a perfume, a trek or a cruise. It can be a city, a pub, a bus stand or a doll. This series is here to enlighten and entertain you). … Continue reading

A few whiffs of a perfume

You like perfumes? Well, we might have all worn them at some point, especially those cheesy ones, with all our relatives and friends in Gulf countries. I was blind to the world of perfumes until last week when I stumbled on a book. And learned that perfume composition is a delicate art which requires personal taste and refined imagination. Even a simple garden-variety jasmine perfume needs elaborate lab work for its preparation. In old days things were much simple. For … Continue reading

The Golden waters of Danzig

What will you do if you find metal flakes in a drink they have just served you? You will complain. What will be your reaction if they are gold flakes? “Er…ehm…bearer, Can you give me an old pepsi bottle? I will drink it from my home. No, no, no…I will pack it. Please don’t bother, he he…”. My friend, cool down. This is no lottery. This gold in the drink hasn’t come by any mistake. You have in your table … Continue reading

Mooning over Monsoon II

(Mooning Over Monsoon I) There must be a certain fun to burst upon the unexpected. Who knows it better than the monsoons! They always pick a dull night, nondescript, to explode over our houses, markets and dreams. To sting us into a jittery wakefulness and then to laugh madly at our bewilderment. All we hear is a slab of ocean rumbling down from the skies. The rest is deluge. The world has been long tired with summer. Even the watchful … Continue reading