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Editor's Letter &

Jayita Bandyopadhyay | Editor

Journalism happened to her “ by chance”. A trained designer from The National Institute of Fashion Technology, she started her career in the publishing industry when she was asked to write “knowledgeable articles on fashion and textiles,” for The Asian Age. Soon, a few articles a month became a fulltime job and fashion became too restricted a subject. Having worked in the industry for over a decade now and with newspapers like The Pioneer, Times of India, India Today, she has been writing extensively about food, travel, fashion, nightlife and everything else that results in upping the human happiness quotient. She can be reached at Click here to read the Editor’s letter for the November 2015 issue of Shubh Yatra.

Teja Lele Desai

Teja Lele Desai trained as an architect but went on to work as a journalist for 15 years. One day she quit the cubicle culture for freelancing, designing silver jewellery and setting off on weekend family escapades.
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Krishna Bahirwani

Krishna Bahirwani is a contributing editor at the DNA newspaper. He is currently part of the organising committee for the UNIC Young Changemakers Conclave and heads its social media team.
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Aparna Pednekar

Aparna Pednekar squid ink ravioli in Cagliari to plucking prawns at an oyster farm in Kerala, travel is this Mumbai-based journalist's raison d'etre. Her first book – Strike@36 – was published by HarperCollins.
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Neeti Mehra

The editor of BlackBook, the definitive guide on luxury, Neeti Mehra is passionate about travel, culture and food. A prolific writer, she has been scribbling since she first held a pencil. In her spare time, she designs sustainable stationery.
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Aarti Kapur Singh

Aarti Kapur Singhlives and breathes cinema, and is what one would call a travel junkie. When she's not bingeing on the latest films, she is working on her PhD thesis on cinema or off shooting wedding films.
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Tathagata Sen

Tathagata Sen balances out his cut-and-dried profession as a civil engineer with an intense passion for music. A fervent rock 'n' roll fan, he moonlights as the lead guitarist for the band Noodle Monday.
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Heart of Incredible India

Madhya Pradesh is not only a heritage aficionado’s paradise but an adventure enthusiast’s delight. Here are some of the not-to-be-missed activities on offer


Manna on the mountains

Aparna Pednekar spends a weekend detoxing in the pristine, lush landscape of Shillim

Special Feature

On cloud 9

San Francisco’s neighbourhoods are as diverse as they are eccentric. Take a trip down the city with Teja Lele Desai as she picks out her favourite five areas

Tech that

If you are visiting San Francisco, there is no way you can miss Silicon Valley

Sure Shorts

News on the fly

Snippets from the Star Alliance world


007, to be precise

From being a secret communication device to a car remote, James Bond’s watches have been more than just timekeepers. As another Bond episode unravels with Spectre, we trace his style with three classic Omega pieces


Ek Bar, in New Delhi's Defence Colony


Top pic

A pick from JJ Valaya's photographic series Decoded Paradox



The Audi A3 Cabriolet

Festive glam

Gifting ideas for Diwali

Trumpet call

A fundraiser to help spread awareness of elephants in India


They say there’s no joy like reading a good book. We bring you the month's top three

Gimme Ten

With 4G, the latest generation of wireless cellular technology, becoming the new apple of every mobile operator’s eye in India, here’s what you need to know about it

Open house

Go green this Diwali

This Diwali, on November 11, let Mother Earth breathe even as you celebrate the festival in all its firecracking splendour. Think eco-friendly, saysShruti Kothari Tomar


Key to success

Amruda Nair, scion of the Leela Group of Hotels, strikes out on her own while staying true to her roots


Life in 3D

3D printing opens up a whole new vista for manufacturers. If you can think it, you can print it. Never before has imagination been so creative, Krishna Bahirwani

Spinning the Indian tale

Traditional textiles from the country are being revived by designers to create contemporary fashion, Team Shubh Yatra reports

Pop Pourri

Dune tunes

Desert terrain can transform from hard and unforgiving to vibrant and animated in just a day. All it takes is an occasion. Neeti Mehra talks about the world’s three best desert festivals

America's sweetheart

Priyanka Chopra has taken international television by storm as Alex Parrish in Quantico. But then again, she has always believed in ‘breaking the glass ceiling and not fitting into a glass slipper’, says Aarti Kapur Singh

A 100 miles...

Journeys have long been a springboard for musical creativity. Tathagata Sen brings the romance of the road alive through five evergreen tunes

Tarot trotting

See what November has on the cards. By Karmel Nair


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