Museum of Stories
From concept to operation, dream to design each destination hotel of the RARE Community is a story worth being told many times, in different ways. If RARE were a physical entity, it would fill multiple rooms with sepia toned photos of heritage preservation, gold tinted handover documents to erstwhile royalty, herbariums filled with many flowering grasses, sketches of iridescent sunsets, voices of happy animals, footsteps of artists, photographers and film makers, art, craft, textiles, books, dreams, hopes and vision….. each drawing you into their stories. Many times you will enter a story, this collection is an ode to every hotel of the community, the destination may be different, but every story is worth celebrating.
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Spouse Travel
  You could be born a gypsy with travel in your veins, yet to travel with your spouse and to make a celebration of the event, is an acquired skill. And it requires two people to ensure traveling together is indeed a celebration. A couple could be happily married or in a beautiful...
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Intimately Yours
Large big hotels however luxurious are just not my thing and I have stayed in enough to recognize this indifference.  Give me a place small and intimate anytime, and I am on a cloud, wave and a breeze. It’s my kind of vacation. When did this happen ? This shift from wide-eyed...
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Kipling Country
  Anne Wright was one of the founding members of WWF in India. She was also one of the 5 member team selected by our late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to allocate and identify areas that would become National Parks for Project Tiger back in 1972-73.   Belinda,...
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An Evening to Remember
Ever since I was a kid I was excited about reading stories about jungles be it tracking man-eaters, encounters with rouge elephants or just about wilderness experiences. All of them got my imagination running wild. Whenever possible I would try visit the places mentioned in these books. As...
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Slow down you crazy...
It's been a crazy month  and not all if it has been work. Spending long hours on the computer and phone, exercising, catching up with work at home or even partying is beginning to lose its shine.  It's times like this that Billy Joel 's number from the seventies plays in my...
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An INDIA I celebrate...
Growing up along the southern coast now a part of Seemandhara, it was common place to have music on speakers and almost a wedding like celebration of a neighbor’s daughter attaining puberty. My friends from the North viewed this with amazement not without a twinge of disbelief....
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Soul-Sister
  Monsoons,  my favorite time of the year when  I joined a group of women for a ' freedom weekend' last August. It was a four nights sojourn to Bhainsrorgarh Fort, a beautiful family run boutique fort hotel just two hours  from Bundi in Rajasthan. We traveled overnight...
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In defense of ‘tipping’ My early years were in the service industry working my way upwards and at times I have been so broke that some money, any money was a blessing. As young people working in a city with more desires than notes in our pockets, ‘tips’ were our only hope...
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In defense of ‘tipping’
In defense of ‘tipping’       My early years were in the service industry working my way upwards and at times I have been so broke that some money, any money was a blessing. As young people working in a city with more desires than notes in our pockets,...
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Mumbai's True Heroes.
Few things are as Mumbai as the Kaali-Peeli taxi or the ease with which a Mumbaikar would hail one. And that Ola cabs should have an app to call for one Kaali-Peeli is surely a perfect strategy to re-instate what my daughters tell me that Ola is the most economical call-taxi...
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The Den of Morpheus
The Den of Morpheus   My eyes are longing for a sleep that my body clock still ticking to London time will not allow. What better time to write about the luxury of a turn-down service !   It could just be my thing as I have heard some people pooh-pooh the thought, but I...
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Making a clean breast
  Making a clean breast    Having spent an interesting weekend walking the lanes of Churu, Ramgarh, Fatehpur and Mehensar, I am feeling a bit depressed and have ideas that range from writing to the PM, to appealing to INTACH or may be writing to a rich family seeking...