New book club for readers of NCR

A new book club aiming to develop a community that encourages reading not just for pleasure but also for learning is all set to attract readers of the National Capital Region (NCR). After receiving warm appreciation for its cosy book club in Mumbai, SheThePeople.TV is replicating the format in NCR. On August 3, readers from across the Capital will gather at Soda Bottle Opener Wala in Gurgaon and will be joined by journalist and author Sagarika Ghose, who will be seen reintroducing Indira Gandhi as a person through her book…

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Readers’ travel photo competition: May – win a trip to Costa Rica!

See the world through your camera? Then enter our travel photo competition for a chance to win a wildlife holiday for two to Costa Rica with Exodus Travels. No theme – just send your best travel shot Stunning landscape, atmospheric street market shot, wonderful wildlife or an original take on a well-known hotspot? We want to see your best travel shot. We’ll choose and publish a selection of our favourites, and the winning image for this month will receive a £200 voucher that can be used against an Exodus Travels…

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‘We got Christmas back’: readers mark 25 years since fall of Soviet Union

After years of food shortages, rising nationalist movements and an attempted coup, Mikhail Gorbachev, the president of the Soviet Union, resigned on Christmas Day 1991. His resignation 25 years ago was the final nail in the coffin of the USSR. To mark the anniversary we asked our readers across the region to share their memories of the monumental events, and to tell us how they felt about the change from a communist, collective system, to a capitalist one. For many readers who got in contact, these memories are tinged with…

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10 of the best winter city breaks in Europe: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: Tobogganing in Zurich The best way to see Zurich is from the top of its own mini mountain, Uetliberg, from where you get a view of the whole city, the lake and the countryside with mountains in the distance. It’s particularly magical in winter when everything is dusted with snow and the toboggan run is open – two miles of downhill fun from Uetliberg to Triemli! You can hop on a direct train from Zurich main station to the mountaintop, which takes just 20 minutes and costs CHF8.60…

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Boat trips and cruises worldwide: readers’ tips

  Winning tip: the Caribbean’s Antigua in a day Antigua, the island of beaches, is best seen from the sea. For an exciting and downright hair-raising trip try circumnavigating the island on an offshore powerboat. You’ll be swimming with stingrays, snorkelling at the Pillars of Hercules, then lunching on a remote beach, Robinson Crusoe style. You’ll sail into Nelson’s Dockyard as old-time sailors might have done; and see the Shirley Heights lookout as it towers 150 metres above the sea. The excellent guides point out so many things that you’d…

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‘My favourite beach in the world’ – readers’ tips

Take a punta on that … a ‘secluded slice of paradise’ in the Gandoca-Manzanillo wildlife refuge, Costa Rica. Photograph: Alamy Winning tip: Punta Uva, Costa Rica Just a winding road away from vibrant Caribbean-infused Puerto Viejo is theGandoca-Manzanillo wildlife refuge, a haven for free-range iguanas, sedentary sloths, all manner of feathered, scaled and furry creatures – and a few lucky human visitors. Explosions of vegetation burst with beneficial botanical properties; the Refuge is a tropical garden of Eden. Follow a trail through the towering bamboo canes, skirt around zig-zagging trails…

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