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The Paul Theroux interview | 'More necessary than ever to find the empathetic experience of meeting another person'
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The Paul Theroux interview | 'More necessary than ever to find the empathetic experience of meeting another person'

Theroux turns 80 in April. For a generation of backpackers now gone gray, the tattered paperback accounts of his treks through China, Africa and South America were a prod to adventure, bibles of inspiration under many a mosquito net.

Jaipur Literature Festival 2021: From Avni Doshi to Philip Pullman, our picks of sessions to attend from Day 6-10
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Jaipur Literature Festival 2021: From Avni Doshi to Philip Pullman, our picks of sessions to attend from Day 6-10

Here is a list curated by Firstpost of online talks and discussion to tune into and participate in at the virtual JLF 2021.

In Mexico, a riotous celebration of food, drink, sport, culture — and death
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In Mexico, a riotous celebration of food, drink, sport, culture — and death

The idea of Mexico comes with certain stock images — tacos and guacamole; a wild night out fuelled by tequila; the ancient Aztec pyramids — accumulated over the years from media and pop culture

Finding Vilnius on a journey through Lithuania — a hidden jewel by the Baltic Sea
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Finding Vilnius on a journey through Lithuania — a hidden jewel by the Baltic Sea

With its mix of culture, history, nature and delicious cuisine, a trip to Vilnius in Lithuania should be just what the holiday doctor ordered.

Pico Iyer's Autumn Light is a reflective musing on death, grief, and transience
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Pico Iyer's Autumn Light is a reflective musing on death, grief, and transience

Autumn Light is Pico Iyer's second book on Japan. It is slow, melancholic and reflective. There is no linear progression to the story. There is no story as much as thoughts on death, guilt, separations and reunions.

Spain, beyond the Sagrada Familia: Travels through Seville, Barcelona, Madrid and Malaga
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Spain, beyond the Sagrada Familia: Travels through Seville, Barcelona, Madrid and Malaga

I chose to travel to Spain to visit a culturally, artistically rich country in its off-season, to be lost in a sea of people who speak a language I don't know, to be surrounded by more World UNESCO Heritage sites that I could imagine, and eat all the paella and seafood I could stomach. I wanted to take long siestas, and walk in and around museums all day, hoping to soak in some creative inspiration for myself.

Mama Kitty in Seoul City: An introduction to budget travelling through South Korea
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Mama Kitty in Seoul City: An introduction to budget travelling through South Korea

As Gowri Jayakumar travels through South Korea, she'll be sharing her stories here. Stay tuned. In part 1 — Seoul.

Cali: How I conquered my two left feet in Colombia's 'salsa capital'
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Cali: How I conquered my two left feet in Colombia's 'salsa capital'

Cali, in Colombia, is not called the ‘World’s Salsa Capital’ for nothing

Kashmir Diaries: A visit to the quintessential ‘jewel in India’s crown’
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Kashmir Diaries: A visit to the quintessential ‘jewel in India’s crown’

Supposedly, the world can be divided into two kinds of people — those who have been to Kashmir and those who haven’t

Zanzibar: The tropical paradise David Livingstone called 'the most beautiful place on Earth'
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Zanzibar: The tropical paradise David Livingstone called 'the most beautiful place on Earth'

Zanzibar has a bit of everything for everyone – for the history buff, the adventurer or a leisure seeking traveller.

Switzerland: Forget Bollywood, and discover this charming Alpine country for yourself
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Switzerland: Forget Bollywood, and discover this charming Alpine country for yourself

Switzerland is 'The Ultimate European Destination' for most Indians, whose indiscipline is unfortunately legendary

Zanskar: Here’s an entire valley in the heart of the Himalayas, waiting to be discovered
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Zanskar: Here’s an entire valley in the heart of the Himalayas, waiting to be discovered

Zanskar is a valley in the higher Himalayas, about 250 km and an 8-hour drive from Kargil, which is its only connection to the outside world in the summer

Luxembourg: Beneath the veneer of money is an old city longing to tell you its story
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Luxembourg: Beneath the veneer of money is an old city longing to tell you its story

Beneath Luxembourg's reputation as a financial/business hub, is an old city longing to tell you its story.

Down and out in Little Lhasa: Notes from McLeod Ganj cafés
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Down and out in Little Lhasa: Notes from McLeod Ganj cafés

My journey to McLeod Ganj turned out to be quite unexpected. Just like all journeys should be.

Long term travel hacks: How we prepared to become full time travellers
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Long term travel hacks: How we prepared to become full time travellers

Mumbai-based couple Sandeepa and Chetan Karkhanis sold their home and quit their jobs to travel full-time. Here they decode the process of how to travel long term, on a limited budget

Travels through the Amazon: Journeying through the rainforest, along Lima, Peru, Brazil
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Travels through the Amazon: Journeying through the rainforest, along Lima, Peru, Brazil

The “Amazon” was the beginning of our fascination for South America. The rainforest, its gigantic trees, queer animals and hidden tribes — it’s stuff childhood mysteries are made of. You hope to unravel it all sometime in the future. The possibility of setting foot in this mysterious world might just be one of the “subconscious” reasons why we chose South America as the first destination for our round-the-world travels.

Patagonia's wintry wonderland; skiing at Bariloche: Travels through Argentina
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Patagonia's wintry wonderland; skiing at Bariloche: Travels through Argentina

Sandeepa and Chetan describe their travels through Argentina and Chile in the third part of their ongoing South America travel diary for Firstpost

Tango in Argentina, Shah Rukh Khan in Bolivia, Incan culture in Peru: South America travel diary
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Tango in Argentina, Shah Rukh Khan in Bolivia, Incan culture in Peru: South America travel diary

In part two of Mumbai-based couple Sandeepa and Chetan's South America travel diary: their journey through Argentina, Bolivia and Peru

From São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro and Manaus, getting to know Brazil through its cities
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From São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro and Manaus, getting to know Brazil through its cities

When we landed in São Paulo, Brazil, little did we know that we were in for a five-month journey through South America