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Cracking India’s mystifying ‘nod code’

In Thanjavur city, in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, street markets are flooded with a particular type of bobblehead toy. It is known in Tamil as the Thanjavur Thalaiyatti Bommai, literally meaning The Head Shaking Doll of Thanjavur. The brightly painted clay bommai, usually the figure of a classical dancer or an old couple as a set, comes in two parts: the full body and the head that sits loosely on a small hinge extending up from the neck. A slight tap on the head, or even a vigorous breeze, can set off the head shaking from side to side in an almost circular fashion. It is somewhat like an infinity sign, or a numeral eight lying down This is the closest imitation of the unique Indian gesture that often leaves visitors to the country flummoxed. One thing all travellers to...

Bansko: The Cuisine for Gastronomes from Around the World

The culinary art as an attraction The mountainous resort of Bansko in the Pirin mountain receives around 500,000 tourists at average annually. During the different seasons here you will meet...

The city that lit the world

On the south-eastern underbelly of the Massachusetts shoreline, overshadowed by the hook-shaped peninsula of beautiful Cape Cod and the harbour islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, New...

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Algeria Travel Guide and Travel Information

Key Facts: Area: 2,381,741 sq km (919,595 sq miles). Population: 38.8 million (2014). Population density: 16.3 per sq km. Capital: Algiers. Government: Republic. Head of state: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika since 1999. Head of government: Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal since...

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The Complete Guideline for Travelling

Every human being needs a change once in a lifetime. A change of location can have a great impact physically as well as mentally. For many people, travelling is a popular way exploring new spaces...

5 Strategies For Saving On International Travel

If you thought traveling domestically was getting to be expensive, then you should know that traveling internationally is even more so. Flying internationally, for instance, can potentially cost five to ten times as much as flying...

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Algeria Travel Guide and Travel Information

Algeria Travel Guide and Travel Information

Key Facts: Area: 2,381,741 sq km (919,595 sq miles). Population: 38.8 million (2014). Population density: 16.3 per sq km. Capital: Algiers. Government: Republic. Head of state: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika since 1999. Head of government: Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal since 2014. Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. The European two-pin...

Angola Travel Guide and Travel Information

Key Facts: Area:  1,246,700 sq km (481,354 sq miles). Population:  19.1 million (2014). Population density:  15.3 per sq km. Capital:  Luanda. Government:  Republic. ...

Benin Travel Guide and Travel Information

Key Facts: Area:  112,622 sq km (43,484 sq miles). Population:  10.2 million (2014). Population density:  90.2 per sq km. Capital:  Porto-Novo. Government:  Republic. ...

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