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Gypsy Billionaire

December 2011

Supplementary Issue

Cover Story


Nishita Mahajan

God, or whoever else is up there deciding these matters, kissed Kerala right on the lips. For whichever way the head doth turn, meets a sight that would send the senses spiraling into rapturous ecstasy while soothing the soul into a newfound eternity. Calling this blessed land her own, Asin takes G&B by the hand and shares its myriad charms with us...


I'll survive

Indira Parthasarathy

The globetrotting boy reporter is in town. Who if not us, fellow Gypsies, would rejoice more at Steven Spielberg’s concerted motion-capture tribute to that indefatigable traveler/sleuth called Tintin?

Spas & Sighs

Heaven is a place

Aakriti Singh

If you are looking to get back in the pink, the Tree of Life Spa, near Jaipur, will bear fruit...

Heaven is a place

Aakriti Singh


The Ghost...back to haunt us!

Rishad Saam Mehta

One of the characteristics of a Rolls-Royce Motor Car right back from the 1900s has been its silent yet stunning presence. Never loud but ever riveting to look at

Traveller Of The Month

The ultimate survivor

Aakanksha Malhotra

Bear Grylls is a tough man to find. Usually that’s because he spends his days finding his way back home from some of the most impossible-to-find places on earth. Aakanksha Malhotra manages to establish contact with the star of Discovery Channel’s Man vs. Wild and finds out how to survive, no matter where… no matter how…

Winter Winds

Winter winds

Anshak Kalia

The engines rev as the crowds pour in for the 12th and final annual FMX Gladiator Games at the O2 arena. With celebrated freestyle motocross performers like Guinness World Record holder Petr Pilát, the stage is all set for these daredevils to put on the finest show of the year. So get a head start on the few tickets that are left for the adrenalin rush of a lifetime!


Where God, Sand and People meet...

Ishan Raychaudhuri

Turbans and veils and hooves and tails, they all go flying in Brahma’s backyard... and did we mention all the milk in pails? It was all happening at Pushkar this November. One of the oldest cities in India, this land, tucked away in the dusty folds in the heart of Rajasthan, is also home to one of the world’s most popluar and quintessential fairs. Meet Pushkar, the land where you could be standing stockstill and yet the world around you would forever be a blur...

Lisbon Romance

The Moors' manor

Kash Bhattacharya

I am in no haste. I absorb her 12,000 year-old beauty slowly. Very slowly in fact, huffing and puffing my way up the steep, cobbled alleys of the Moorish Alfama district.

Exotic & Retch

Stomach that!

Indira Parthasarathy

Huai Bin Poh – popular blogger and ‘traveller, not tourist’ in his words – has eaten stuff and lived to tell the tale each time. Check out his pick of dishes from the smorgasbord of Asian cuisine that would probably make a lesser mortal lose his lunch.

Wedding Destination

Lands of love

Aakriti Singh & Aakanksha Malhotra

If I am to hold a special hand and walk into the sunset, then it better be a very special sunset... G&B discovers three of the most enchanting horizons on the planet that make for the most beautiful weddings there ever could be...

Live a royal fairy tale...

Geeta Samuel

Known as the city of lakes and palaces, Udaipur is one of the most romantic places in India. Its charm comes from its magnetic, regal palace buildings, the best bit being that you can get married in them! These venues offer couples the opportunity to truly live the royal fairy tale on their wedding day

I do... on the waterfront


The Bonaire Villa Resort in Caribbean Island has a beautiful gazebo, which can be easily decorated with fresh flowers, and makes for an exotic wedding place. Wedding ceremonies on the boardwalk or the beach is a very popular concept here, and the best time to get married is an hour before sunset since mid-day can be very warm. For the decoration, fresh flowers can be selected on the island, which offers a wide variety of tropical plants and orchids.

Hot Cruises

Have boat, will sail!

Aakriti Singh

There were over a thousand boats, eagerly waiting to take their sailors for a ride from the Gateway of India. On a smaller boat I was taken to the yacht that awaited me, a Sundancer Sea Ray. My legs shivered with nervousness and excitement as I stepped onto the ‘dancer’. I

Antique Violins

Stringed genius

Ishan Raychaudhuri

Exquisite and exclusive, the Stradivarius violins are as prized in the world of string instruments as the Mona Lisa would be coveted by sundry art galleries.


The Luxury Shopping Guide

Anu Gulmohar

One can never go wrong in buying traditional jewellery, especially when it is an exquisitely-crafted jadau piece. This set belongs to Falguni Mehta’s Espania Collection, which carries her trademark style of incorporating precious uncut diamonds and Basra pearls, and is also deeply influenced by her travels in Spain. Several rubies and emeralds go into making this piece all the more precious