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Floatel--The Floating Indulgence (Calcutta, India)

Michigan, February 24th, 2011: I first saw Floatel while I was driving down Strand Road in Calcutta (yes, I prefer to call it Calcutta). Quite an interesting concept, I thought and made an appointment with the manager to have a dekko at this floating indulgence.

Romance(in) the Niagara (Canada)

In case anyone ever thought that the mesmerizing ‘Niagara’ would overpower the honeymoon romance, she or he would definitely be proved wrong. The mystical natural wonder will rather enhance it. Couples have made Niagara their choice for years even though the area has not made it onto the Top Ten list of lovers' destinations for quite some time.

WOW Club - Women On Wanderlust - Inspiring All Women Travel

When I first read about Sumitra, the first thing I remembered was a clip of dialogue from Yash Chopra’s super hit film ‘Chandni.’  Vinod Khanna, the owner of the travel club explains to his newly appointed secretary, Sri Devi about the job and he says ‘hum logon ko duniya ki sair karate hain’ (we take people around the world) and Sri Devi replies, yani ke, jo sapney woh dekhtey hain, aap usey poora kartey hain (which means, you fulfill their dreams of travelling around the World)
That is exactly what Ms. Sumitra Senapaty is; she can make your travel dreams come true. An internationally known travel writer who has extensively travelled across the globe , Sumitra is the answer to all your travel dreams. She spared some time from her busy schedule to talk about what WOW is. 

Let there be peace... (Cairo, Egypt)

With the recent political turmoil in Egypt and with Cairo being turned into a semi battlefield with thugs and protestors clashing, the only thing that the World can pray for that country now is Peace. I have travelled across the World extensively and Egypt was perhaps one of the nicest of all countries that I have visited in my lifetime. So, this is a prayer to God Almighty to restore peace in that “otherwise” peaceful nation. The country is full of historic treasures, nice, polite and friendly people, great food and the majestic river Nile… let peace be restored and let everything and everyone be safe. 

AS I WALK IN KOLKATA (Calcutta)...

Calcutta is a city of wonders engulfing it's own history of the Raj Days, the stories of Ramakrishna Paramhansa, his disciple Swami Vivekananda, the ace director Satyajit Ray, the rickshaw puller from Dwarbhanga district in Bihar and the Street Vendor Netai from Sunderbans and it's political and cultural background.

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Calcutta (now known as Kolkata, thought I prefer it's former name) is a city as personalized as it's streets and lanes and as the master film-maker / author Satyajit Ray said, that to 'know' a city, one has to walk it's streets in order to absorb it's taste, visuals, sounds and of course it's smells.

So here on WBRI, I am going to begin a series of writings on Calcutta, and it's various walks. Each article dedicated to a particular area of the city or two.

So come along with me , put on your walking shoes, wear a light slacks, a cotton shirt with a light jacket, since at this time of the year it tends to get chilly in the evening and walk with me the streets of "KOLLOLINI  KOLKATA"!

Coming up in a couple of days  - "Walking down Raj Bhavan - St. John's Church - Calcutta General Post Office - Writer's Buildings - St. Andrew's Church - Old Currency building - Raj Bhavan Outhouses and the Great Eastern Hotel" !

Just hang on with me !!!

The 'Fiery' Sichuan

Sichuan cuisine is well known for its fiery yet mouth-watering fare that starts with simple warm and cold appetizers to grand meaty items.

The Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA)

Known to the rest of the World as America’s summer place, the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island , Michigan was truly grand. The grand, white structure is majestic  and only justifies its position as a historical landmark. Celebrities and political leaders frequent this place and we wanted to be like them as we spent one day in this truly grand ‘Grand Hotel’ in the great lakes region of North America.

Gangotri Yamunotri Yatra - Most sacred means to attain serenity

Calcutta, Dec 28, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / openPR) The Gangotri Yamunotri Yatra can turn out to be an eternal life time experience. Apart from pristine and sacred commotions adhering to it, the yatra facilitates to experience nature’s intricate beauty along the route with magnificent view of verdant valleys, panoramic mountains, and hinterlands of Himalayas with some perplexing geographical wonders waiting.

American Trevellers Urged To Be Careful Travelling to Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India during Farmer Protests

Calcutta, Dec 21, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The American Citizen Services (ACS) brings this message to your attention so you can carefully consider the information it contains. Please pass along the information below to the U.S. citizens in your area. Thank you for your cooperation.

We advise you to exercise caution when traveling in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. According to local reports, as many as 200,000 farmers are protesting against state authorities in Bhopal. Roads are closed and there is limited mobility in parts of the city due to this protest.

There are no reports of actions targeted toward U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens are urged to always practice good security, maintain a heightened situational awareness and a low profile. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid demonstrations, monitor local news reports and consider the level of security present when visiting public places, including religious sites.

35 Airbus Planes Leased By Indian Carriers Jet Airways and Air India

NEW DELHI, Dec 7, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / Online PR News) Air India and Jet Airways India Ltd. have agreed to lease 35 planes of European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. NV's Airbus from leasing companies.

Flag carrier Air India has decided to lease 10 A330 planes and 15 A320s, Airbus said inside a statement late Monday. Jet Airways, India's biggest carrier by industry share, will lease 10 A330s.

Airbus said the 25 planes that Air India plans to eat on lease have a list acquisition cost of $3.1 billion, while the 10 planes chosen by Jet Airways have a list acquisition cost of $1.9 billion.

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