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Live Well, Today

Today is what you will be nostalgic for, in a few years. Occasionally, I am overcome by fond memories of childhood in Mumbai; visiting cousins, relatives and grandparents in the rural Karnataka towns of Bhatkal, Honavar, Hosad and Kumta. From what I remember, then I was busy running around, chasing dragon-flys, seeking bird eggs, stoning […]

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Stefansdom, Vienna

Stefansdom (St Stephen's Cathedral), Vienna, Austria After many trips to Switzerland, this year we added Austria to our travel plans. Glad we did. The mountains are spectacular, though they don't sit as majestically as in Switzerland; their coffee and pastries were equally delectable and even a tiny village bakery offered the widest variety of healthy […]

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Vienna: Those pastries tempt

pics of pastries at the Gerstner Bakery Vienna Austria by Arun Shanbhag

Gerstner Bakery, Vienna, Austria The year has been crazy: traveled seven countries and ran two marathons (Boston and Chicago). This week I tended sore legs. In the gym, I simply stretched aching muscles and tendons, worked on the upper-body (M thinks I have the attractive physique of a starving ethiopian refuge) and caught up on […]

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Good Bread is Good for You

Display of breads in a tiny bakery in Vienna – steps from our friend's house. The bakery carried a large variety of multi-grain breads and everything was “organic.” The front counter displayed an assortment of dessert rolls, croissants, tarts, pastries and other savories. We'd nibble on an almond- or walnut-filled croissant and sip their superlative […]

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Celebrating Mozart

Two hundred and fifty years ago in Salzburg, was born Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In a brief 35 year span, he composed enough music to last us all a lifetime – many times over. In my bachelor days I took every opportunity to attend symphonies. A collection of his music was the first CD I ever […]