IQ’s veg review: ‘Zza Bar – Some of the best pizza you’ll ever eat in Hyderabad

‘Zza Bar (short for ‘Pizza Bar’) may only be a little hole-in-the-wall vegetarian pizzeria, but it serves up some of the best pizza and cheesecake you’ll ever eat in Hyderabad. Or anywhere, for that matter. Read More

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Things to do on the weekend in Hyderabad: The inner citadel of Golconda Fort

The inner citadel of Golconda Fort is arguably Hyderabad’s most popular sight, with its panoramic views and palace ruins. And even if you’ve seen it before, there’s always something new to discover. Read More

Photo diary: Snow-capped mountains and Tibetan art in Dharamshala

We’d heard a lot about Dharamshala over the years; about its views, its food and its Tibetan-Buddhist-influenced atmosphere. Here’s the story, in pictures, of when we finally managed to visit. Read More

What’s new on The Good Life With IQ: March 2019

Exploring the largest hill fort in Rajasthan during our motorcycle tour, with a video to give you better feel of what it was like. And a video on some hidden gems at Hyderabad’s most popular tourist spot. All on The Good Life With IQ in March 2019. Read More

Chittorgarh Fort: ancient, massive and imposing

The massive hill-top Chittorgarh Fort was the Mewar region’s defence against invaders for 800 years. The third stop on our motorcycle tour took us up the hill, and into the last surviving settlement within the walls. Read More

What’s new on The Good Life With IQ: February 2019

Discovering the crumbling grandeur and 10,000 year-old history of Bundi; Getting within touching distance of some of Africa’s most magnificent wildlife species; and a video on each, so you can really get into the action. All on The Good Life With IQ in February 2019. Read More

Our Kenya safari: Up close with Africa’s incredible wildlife

We had always wanted to see the amazing wildlife of Africa up close. And our Kenya safari in Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara finally let us fulfil that wish. Despite the maddening amount of driving involved. Read More

Bundi, a town lost in time

Bundi is a small town lost in time, peppered with crumbling mansions and temples, and with the old Garh Palace looming over everything. We were glad we had taken a friend’s advice and made this the second stop on our motorcycle tour! Read More

The first stop on our motorcycle tour: A Ranthambhore safari experience

The first stop on our two-week motorcycle tour was Sawai Madhopur, where we had planned our first-ever Ranthambhore safari. We wanted to catch a glimpse of Ramthambhore National Park’s famous tigers, and—after a few hiccups—we did! Read More

Hyderabad itineraries, and things to do in the city

Hyderabad’s 400-year history means the city has lots to see and do, not to speak of its rich and varied cuisine. This downloadable infographic will give you some easy-to-reference Hyderabad itineraries and things to do. Read More

What’s new on The Good Life With IQ: December 2018 | Plus, the best of 2018

Motorcycling through southern Rajasthan; my second peer-nominated blogger award; a review of a very handy lens for DSLRs; and a detailed post of our Jaipur experience; all on The Good Life With IQ in December 2018. And a recap of the most popular posts of the year. Read More

Review: Tamron 18-400 mm f/3.5-6.3 zoom lens

The Tamron 18-400 mm zoom lens is a great all-in-one lens for mid-level photographers who like both close-ups and wide-angles; who don’t feel like burning a hole in their pocket; and who don’t like switching lenses all the time. And who don’t mind sacrificing a bit of image quality in the bargain. Read More

What’s new on The Good Life With IQ: November 2018

A city decked up for Diwali; disturbing the king of the forest’s beauty sleep; discovering crumbling grandeur; hearing echoes of Rajput valour; and wandering the bylanes of ‘the most romantic city on Earth’. All on our motorcycle. Plus my first-ever peer award nomination. On The Good Life With IQ in November 2018. Read More

Rajasthan on two wheels: Glimpses of Chittorgarh and Udaipur

During the second half of our two-week motorcycle tour through east and south Rajasthan, we explored the massive Chittorgarh Fort and the romantic ‘Lake City’ of Udaipur. Here are a few glimpses of what we saw. Read More

Rajasthan on two wheels: Glimpses of Jaipur, Ranthambhore and Bundi

Touring through east and south Rajasthan on our motorcycle gave us a unique perspective and a greater appreciation of the things we experienced. Here are some glimpses of our experiences in Jaipur, Ranthambhore and Bundi. Read More

IQ’s veg review: Tatva, Hyderabad’s best-kept vegetarian secret?

Tatva may just be Hyderabad’s best kept secret, as far as vegetarian restaurants go. With excellent Italian, continental and north Indian cuisine, this is a place foodies should try at least once. Read More

Durga Puja 2018: Glimpses of gods and mortals

While most of India celebrates Navratri and Dussehra, some parts celebrate Durga Puja instead. And no one does Durga Puja quite like the Bengalis, no matter where they are. Read More

Video diary: The best of our memories of Africa

Riding over river rapids. Trekking through Martian landscapes. Swimming over surreal coral reefs. And, of course, admiring the breathtaking wildlife. This short video has all the highlights of our African adventure. Read More

Fun and healthy recipe: Mushroom and broccoli pizza with homemade tomato sauce

If you’re looking for ideas to make a meal special but still keep it guilt-free, this recipe’s for you. It brings together healthy veggies and just the right amount of richness and flavour. And since they say a Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest around, even better! Read More

My 50th blog post, and a roundup of my top 10 posts so far

It’s been a little more than year since I started this travel blog, and it’s been tough but fun! Though I’ve enjoyed writing everything I’ve published, here are the top 10 posts I’ve enjoyed writing the most. Read More

Hyderabad to Masai Mara: How to plan a Kenya safari from India

If you’ve always dreamed of visiting the endless African savanna to watch lions, elephants, cheetah and wildebeest go about their business, then here is how to make your safari dream a reality. Read More

9 things you should know if you want to have a good time in Coorg

We learned the hard way that having a good time in Coorg is not as easy as you might think. Here are nine things that we found out that you should know too, if you’re planning a visit. Read More

20 evocative beach pictures from around the world 

From walking a protected turtle breeding ground in Goa with two doggies and swimming in rock pools in the Seychelles to riding a motorcycle on a beach in West Bengal, here are 20 evocative beach pictures from our travels around the world. Read More

Turning vegetarian? Here are 10 tips from someone who’s done it

If you’ve decided to give up eating meat—for reasons of health, ethics, economy or the environment—there’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that every little bit helps. The bad news is that it’s not easy, especially if you—like me—really like meat. Read More

20 spectacular travel photos we’ve taken so far

From Germany to the Seychelles, and from all across India, here are 20 spectacular travel photographs we’ve taken during our travels so far. Read More

Magical sights of Hampi that you may not even know exist

While the majestic Virupaksha temple, and the Vitthala temple with its massive stone chariot and musical pillars, are probably on ever visitor’s itinerary, Hampi has a lot more to offer—regardless of the weather. From riverside walkways with stairs cut into the living rock, and hidden shrines emerging from their lush sugarcane fields, to gigantic boulders in fantastic shapes, and emerald rice fields reflecting the sunrise in their motionless waters, here are some of the sights that have enchanted us over the years. Read More

The colours of Kutch

In late 2013, my wife wanted to visit Kutch in Gujarat as a sourcing trip for her fledgling ethnic gifts business, so we decided we would turn it into our annual new year’s holiday. We spent close to two weeks in Bhuj and its surroundings (arguably home to India’s highest concentration of high-quality textile handicraft producers), investigated lots of towns and villages, and took in India’s great white salt desert, the Great Rann of Kutch. Read More

Nine basics that everyone should know about dog body language

If you think about it, a lot of human communication happens through body language; an arched eyebrow, a clenched jaw, crossed arms, or a squared chest can tell you a lot about what the other person is thinking. The same is true of dogs, only more so. Over my 30 years of living with them, I’ve learned that you can figure out a lot about a dog’s state of mind just by looking at them. Read More

Eight easy ways in which you can be more environment-friendly

Turning off a few lights, using less water and driving a little less are just a few easy ways in which we can make a difference. Here are eight easy ways to be more environment-friendly. Read More