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

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