Sublime in Samui

September 3, 2015

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REENA KARIM heads to Koh Samui for the first time and where better to stay than at the memorable Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam. My plane was preparing for landing and slowly descended towards the island. In a dramatic fashion, curtains of clouds parted ways and revealed lush tropical vegetation, emerald peaks of varied elevations, and crystal clear waters with specs of […]

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Wit and Wisdom

July 9, 2015

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Author and outspoken social commenter Shobhaa De on defending her freedom of speech, and taking risks. By Reena Karim Shobhaa De has always had a way with words. Her razor-sharp wit, her unabashed writing style, and her penchant for explicitly telling it like it is, have all contributed to earning her the moniker the “Jackie Collins of India” – a […]

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A Railwayman’s Odyssey

June 29, 2015

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Reena Karim speaks to former railwayman Suresh Joseph on creating and breaking his travelling records, as well as his life-changing journeys. To call Suresh Joseph an adventurous person would be an understatement. This 56 year-old former employee of the Indian Railway, and ex-CEO of Dubai Ports World Cochin, has travelled the length and breadth of India numerous times – and in record time. […]

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Courting Controversy

June 26, 2015

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Writer, and former journalist with CNN-IBN, Amrita Tripathi on her second novel, The Sibius Knot, and urban India. By Reena Karim When Amrita Tripathi was included in the line-up of authors who participated in ‘Words on Water’ literary event a part of the Festival of India in Thailand, she was introduced as the youngest writer on the panel. […]

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Dusit Delights

June 11, 2015

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REENA KARIM heads to the summer capital of the Thai royal family to spend a weekend in the timeless elegance of the Dusit Thani Hua Hin Resort. I take a moment from typing at my desk and glance at the small, white-throated Kingfisher sitting just outside of my bedroom window. It is chirping furiously at […]

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Something New, Something Borrowed

June 8, 2015

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The iconic Coco’s Cafe restaurant at the Bangkok Hotel Lotus on Sukhumvit 33 emerges with new palates and palettes. BY REENA KARIM Steeped in history, the legendary Coco’s Cafe at Bangkok Hotel Lotus had been reintroduced earlier this year after an extensive refurbishing. Throngs of people showed up to honour this iconic establishment which has catered to loyal patrons for over two […]

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Pushing the Envylope

December 23, 2014

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REENA KARIM speaks to husband and wife team Amit and Bandhna Bajaj about their maiden mobile app project called Envylope. The tradition of giving and receiving envelopes with money during holidays and special occasions is nothing new for us Asians. But if you have ever been the recipient of more than a handful of these you are well aware of the inconveniences that […]

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