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Avoiding Fake Ittar: A Guide to Buying High-Quality Traditional Perfume in India

Are you planning a trip to India and looking to buy some traditional perfume known as Ittar? This aromatic and exotic fragrance is popular in India and is made from natural ingredients such as flowers, herbs, and spices. Buying Ittar in India can be a unique and sensory experience, but it’s essential to know what […]

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How to Book a Train Ticket in India (For Foreigners)

Travelling by train in India can be an exciting and affordable way to explore the country’s diverse landscapes and culture. However, as a foreigner, it can be overwhelming to navigate the Indian Railway system. In this blog post, we’ll cover how foreigners can book train tickets in India, including how to book under the foreigner […]

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The Ultimate Guide to the Bangalore Open Air Festival

Bangalore Open Air is India’s premier hard rock and heavy metal music festival. It started in 2012 and has featured bands like Mayhem, In Flames, Watain, Kreator, Iced Earth, and Napalm Death. I’ve attended the festival twice, and in this guide, you’ll find everything you need to know about attending the festival for the first […]

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India Learning Hindi

List of common Hindi swear words (with formatting for blocklists)

The following is a list of the Hindi language’s most common swear words written in Devanagari with their English transliteration and translation. This list is suitable for use in places where you need to block bad language online. What is Hindi हिन्दी? Hindi is the fourth most-spoken first language in the world, after Mandarin, Spanish and English. If […]

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The Real Locations of Shantaram

Many of the locations from Gregory David Robert’s classic Indian underworld story Shantaram (2003) are real and still standing in Colaba, South Mumbai. I went out to find the exact locations of Shantaram’s most iconic locations like Leopold’s, the slum Lin Baba lived in, the very first hotel he stayed at, and even where he […]

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Do You Have to Convert to Get Married in India?

When Manisha and I started calling lawyers to find out how to get married in India, two we contacted said that I’d have to convert and that he’d supply the priest for that service. Another foreign friend of mine was given the same wrong advice too. The thing is, interfaith marriages are rare in India, […]