New friendships best-kept secret in travel

BARBERINO VAL D’ELSA, TUSCANY— As a kid, I dreamed of traveling. My parents purchased a set of World Book encyclopedias when I was about 4 years old, and for more than a decade that was my conduit to other parts of the globe. I dreamed of far-off exotic lands and what they must be like: the people, the animals, the food. In my teen years, my travel ambitions moved closer to home as I was enamored with the Los Angeles rock scene. In my 20s, I narrowed my wanderlust to the South and…

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The new social network: Friendships win on QuizUp

Over the past year, Delhi-based entrepreneur Kavita C has found a friend in Massachusetts. She chats with the 15-year-old schoolboy twice a week, showing him the mango and banana trees that shade her farmhouse and the occasional dancing peacock on her webcam. He turns to her for advice on dinner and to boast about his family vacation to Venice. Theirs is an unlikely friendship, made stranger still by its origins — QuizUp, a trivia game that has questions on everything from Bajrangi Bhaijaan to crime literature. Like Kavita, many Indian…

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