Many writers have written their own versions of the boy meets girl story and broken several sale records with it as well. But if the inevitable attraction, romance and tension between the two almost never fail to tempt certain readers, there are also those who can’t stop themselves from rolling their eyes. So as the Valentine month comes to an end, The Week asked its readers for their opinion. What would make for a good romantic novel?
He began his musical career in 1997 when he sang “Jindagi ko k bharosa” in a music competition when he was in the first grade. Rohit John Chettri has since launched his own solo career and released an album with 1974 AD and has been on a US tour. With his new album coming out in a few months, The Week’s Isha Upadhyay caught up with him to talk about his musical journey and, of course, his playlist.
Packing can be a chore. It’s perhaps the worst part of traveling. Many people confess to absolutely dreading it, and often let it be till the last minute and then hurriedly toss in things without giving it much thought. This way they are not only likely to over pack but also miss out on some essential travel buddies. The Week lists a few items that you must have on you when you travel as well as things you can/should do to make your next trip relatively hassle free. Of course, you can live by the mantra that what you don’t pack, you buy – many travelers just take the bare essentials, buying everything they need when they need it – but it’s much easier when you don’t have to run around to find a local store selling what you want the minute you reach your destination.
Be on the lookout for a Viren Khanna party on Saturdays. They have a Facebook page which keeps you up to date with their latest parties and these usually take place in hotels like JW Marriott, The Lalit Ashok hotel and Vivianta by Taj to name a few.
For as long as I can remember, I have had a particular dislike for the manufactured occasion that is Valentine’s Day and the way it is celebrated or rather, the way we are expected to celebrate it. I wasn’t particularly fond of this day through all the relationships of my younger days and was at best indifferent to it on the occasions that I was single. Being single at least meant that, on that particular day, you could sit and watch the world pass by in a red blur, smug in the knowledge that nothing is expected of you.
With the spring right on our doorsteps, it is time to banish the bulky winter wardrobe and bring out the colorful and patterned clothes to welcome the warmer months. But this time of the year, you will want to make sure you have light layers on if you are planning to stay out for the evening.
If you need a break or want to have an adventurous weekend, then camping around the valley might be exactly what you are looking for. There are a few spots really close by that you might want to head to for that. Himalayan Worldwide Treks and Expeditions have packages that are complete with guides, sherpas (porters) and a cook.
There are always two ways of traveling and discovering a place: There is the tourist’s route and then there is the local way. Even when you are trying to navigate your way through the same location, you will be surprised at the disparity in the things that these two routes have to reveal.