Travel and Culture

A Little Extra that we Indians love

By Somali K Chakrabarti The Extra Tomato ‘Sitabai’, a vegetable seller was a regular at our house in Mumbai.  Every morning at around 11 AM, she would come, carrying over her head, her basket of fresh vegetables. She went from door to door selling vegetables in all buildings in our housing society. Sitabai never budged on prices, so there was not much point in haggling over prices with her. She would ring the doorbell each morning. We helped her to put down her basket and she would sit on the floor near the steps. My daughter, then a little girl, less than two years of age, would watch the whole proceedings with a lot of interest, and one day while we were selecting vegatables from Sitabai’s basket, she picked up a bright red tomato. Sitabai happily let her take the tomato and gave her another one. When we offered to pay the price for the two tomatoes, Sitabai refused to take it. Image Credit The extra tomato was a huge treat for the little one. Sitabai had gained an ardent admirer. Every day, my daughter looked forward to her visit, and leaving aside all other activities, she would appear in front of Sitabai, adorning a charming smile on her…

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Lufthansa A380 – Why Bigger is better for Indian aviation

By Somali K Chakrabarti   India Embraces Airbus A380   – The news made headlines in Jan 2014.                                                                                                                                                  India’s decision to allow Airbus 380 is a welcome decision for India’s aviation industry and for the global airlines that seek to further leverage India’s aviation market – one of the five fastest-growing markets in terms of additional passengers per year. Consent to let the wide body double-decker plane fly into and out of India, sets the ground for ‘Big being Better’ for India’s aviation. The world’s largest passenger aircraft, Airbus A380 that can seat 850 passengers in an all-economy configuration, and 550-600 passengers in a three-class configuration, is allowed to land at the airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore, which are equipped with A380 enabled infrastructure including runway, taxiway and aerobridges,…

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Why the World is more Indian than you think

By Somali K Chakrabarti China targeting Indian wedding market                                                                                                                                                               –  The Economic Times on 18th Oct, 2014 This catchy headline in ‘The Economic Times’ was hard to miss. On reading the article, I found that the glamour of Indian weddings has allured the Chinese, and they see a lucrative market and viable business opportunity in the lavish wedding celebrations. Here’s an excerpt from the article. Impressed by the lavish Indian weddings, Chinese Consul General Wang Xuefeng said his country was aggressively marketing several of its cities like Kunming, Lijiang and Dali as attractive wedding destinations. Many Indian families are now going to Thailand, Dubai and Mauritius for weddings, but now they are also looking towards China which has several beautiful cities like Kunming which is called the…

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