If you’ve read Backpack ME before, you know that Ashray is Indian and that I am Portuguese. But there is at least one thing in which I am [stereotypically] more Indian than him: I love a good bargain! Not only I like negotiating a transaction until I reach a price … more »
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Namaste and welcome to Ashray’s homeland!
From the top of the Himalayas to the South where things get even spicier, we’re going to take you on a tour of our beloved India.
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine posted about a crowdfunding campaign on Facebook. As someone who’s been active on the internet since the days before Google existed, I’m quite skeptical when it comes to donating money online. However, this time it was different. Akriti said that Diksha is … more »
In India, there tends to be a big gap between regulations and what really happens all around you. We could call that gap “reality”. Because reality and the harsh facts of life usually impose themselves over theories, ideologies and written rules. Even though technically banned back in 2005, plenty of … more »
DELHI. There are certain things in life that, no matter how well you know how they’re going to be, they always manage to surprise you. Every time we return to Delhi, specially during Winter, I’m always amazed at how polluted this city is. While Beijing keeps on making the international … more »
Some people think of San Francisco when they think of entrepreneurship.. I always think about the streets of India! There are endless cases that prove that the old saying “necessity is the mother of invention” is absolutely true. More than invention, here in India, it’s about creativity. Right outside the … more »
Monsoon season has started! Today, it rained elephants and tigers here in Delhi. And what joy the rain has brought with it! While in other parts of the world (like where I come from) we might associate the rain with winter and cold weather, in India it is not like … more »
North Goa tends to be the crazy part of Goa. Lots of busy beaches with lots of tourists. You need to get a little out of the tourist areas of Baga and Anjuna, rent a scooter or a motorbike, and drive north until you reach Vagator. Suddenly you’re in paradise … more »
They call it Incredible India… but for many of us, it is EDIBLE INDIA!! A country that feels like a continent, a cuisine that embraces millennia of traditions and cultural convergence… intense, rich, spicy, with impressive contrasts and nuances. Inviting for meat lovers, a paradise for vegetarians and deliciously accommodating … more »
You may associate Indian cuisine with chicken tikka, mutton curries or deliciously fresh breads with garlic and butter. But when it comes to Assam, the North-East state of India where Ashray’s family is from, the staples are dal bhat (lentils and rice) and fish. Fish vendors like the one pictured … more »
New Delhi is an extremely congested place when it comes to traffic. There are 7 and a half million vehicles in the city right now, and an average 1400 new cars start circulating every day. As you would imagine, parking is indeed a nightmare. Around shopping areas, it is very … more »