On 15th August 2010, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai was reopened after restoration. A few months later, US President Barack Obama stayed in the very same corridors that had been enveloped with pungent smoke of blood and growls of gunfire, just two years ago.In a speech from the terrace of the hotel, Obama said that “the Taj has been the symbol of the strength and the resilience of the Indian people.”
On 26th November 2008, the city of dreams had become a war-zone for a few brainwashed men. The city that never sleeps wept in horror as siege went on for almost sixty hours. The world had watched the images of the burning dome of the hotel as the people of Mumbai grappled with a new reality that had struck home.
The busy life of the city, one that hardly lets you stop and stare at itself, stopped…
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With only a few days available for a get-away, Mrs. Present and I made a trip to Charlottesville, VA. Forced into a late booking, we choose the Sleep Inn and Suites Monticello. Our room was well priced, clean, and provided the requisite comfort for a one-night stay. The staff was friendly, and the complimentary continental breakfast was satisfying. Not having time to research local eateries before we arrived, we welcomed the recommendations offered by the Front Desk staff. Their recommendations for lunch and dinner proved exceptional.
We planned to visit three sites. James Monroe’s Highland, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and James Madison’s Montpelier. Because of the volume of information associated with each site, I will break the trip into three parts. [Day 1] Part 1: Monroe’s Highland and lunch. Part 2: Jefferson’s Monticello and dinner. [Day 2] Part 3: Madison’s Montpelier and lunch.
Part 1: James Monroe’s Highland
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This is the ultimate read for those who love a peek behind the curtains!
Sofie and Dean have moved from Manhattan to suburban Connecticut, an exclusive address, and one much to former bookseller Sophie’s delight, where there is a book club to join. Maybe if she knew what was going to happen next, she’d have reined in that enthusiasm a bit! Well to be fair she doesn’t seem too sure once she meets the other book club members, especially as the leader, Priscilla forgot to inform her that she needs a pair of shoes to be worn exclusively indoors, for book club meetings, on account of her white carpets and furniture complete of course, with a maid to serve cups of tea, which of course must on no account be spilled.
Priscilla is married to Gordon, a much mousier man than his bossy and controlling wife and…
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