Mumbai travel guide book

Mumbai Travel Guide Book

I am delighted to inform readers of this blog that I have published a new book called Mumbai Travel Guide. I have decided not to publish this in the paperback version as it contains links to maps of the various … Read more

Eating beef in India

Note: Being a Hindu I have never eaten beef and neither do I intend to. I do not endorse the killing of cows and I am for complete ban on cow slaughter throughout India. This post is for information only. … Read more

Lynton and Lynmouth cliff railway in Devon Great Britain

If you ever visit Devon in the South of England then do visit the two villages of Lynton and Lynmouth situated on the North of Exmoor National Park. I was there recently and really enjoyed myself. What I found most interesting was the Lynton and Lynmouth cliff railway purely powered by water from the West Lyn River situated about a mile away. The Lynton and Lynmouth cliff railway actually joins the two twin villages (some say they are towns). Once you are on the top of the cliff there’s a coffee shop and had one of the best cafe lattes I had for a long time. The views from there were spectacular. We then walked about a mile to the Valley of the Rocks. It was slightly scary walking the narrow lane as one side there was mountains and the other side a cliff and one slip and you would end up in the sea. 

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If you smoke then try the Indian cigarette the “Beedi”

Indian woman smoking bidi

Bidi (also spelled as beedi) is a deadly poor man’s thin Indian cigarette packed with high amount of nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide. It is very popular is south Asian countries, especially in India and is exported to more than 100 countries. If you are a smoker then I wanted to pinpoint the Indian styled cigarette that you might wish to try when you are in India (at your own risk of course). But a word of warning!  Research has shown that a regular size bidi contains 5 times more tar than a regular cigarette and also thrice the amount of nicotine and carbon monoxide. Apart from these they have additional harmful chemicals like phenol, benzopyrenes, hydrogen cyanide, and ammonia.

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