Mizu Goes Meta and Visits Cities in Video Games

by Khushi Mundhwa With the world moving into the metaverse, Mizu thought of visiting a video game store in Seoul to purchase games with urban simulation. Video games had always been a form of vicarious travel for Mizu. She had traversed vast landscapes through simulation and had seen ancient ruins, alien topography, and cities ofContinue reading “Mizu Goes Meta and Visits Cities in Video Games”

The Lost City of Z and The Legend Behind It

by Lakshmi Kalarikkal It has been 96 years since Colonel Percy Fawcett last made contact with the world, but the mystery he left behind still bewitches minds even today. Col. Fawcett was requested by the Royal Geographical Society to survey the Amazonian Forest. The forest was an exceedingly dangerous location to travel to due toContinue reading “The Lost City of Z and The Legend Behind It”

The City of Tokyo in Poetry

by Lakshmi Kalarikkal The city of Tokyo is structured like a poem, soaring mountains flow into deep valleys, while babbling streams undercut the sounds of trains. A unique beat hums across the metropolis. This rhythm has made the Tokyo in poetry truly lyrical. Some of the poetry that brings me home is transcribed below. TokyoContinue reading “The City of Tokyo in Poetry”

The Manga Cafes of Tokyo and What’s Inside Them

By Khushi Mundhwa With a smile on her face and a manga book in her hand, Mizu was thinking of the last time she had visited a café in Tokyo which had such books stocked up to the roof. It was the 28th day of last year when she stepped into a Mangakissa for theContinue reading “The Manga Cafes of Tokyo and What’s Inside Them”

Visitors from the Past in The City of Seoul

Dedicated to Shyam Hajare Seoul could turn anybody into a tourist, even the most traditional Korean man. People who walked the same street every single day couldn’t predict what happened at a familiar turn. Mizu had spent a good few hours at Hongdae station road, a boba tea in hand, sipping as she glanced fromContinue reading “Visitors from the Past in The City of Seoul”

A Calm Day in Mombasa City, Africa

On the windy south-east expanse of Mombasa Island, lay an old town with flaky white walls and ancient window sills. It lay brooding and distant like a solitary man looking at the vast sea in contemplation, and its inmates spent their lives with a cool calm flair, as if they lived inside its brain. MizuContinue reading “A Calm Day in Mombasa City, Africa”

Noontime Dumplings in Beijing

A city in which everything real existed in the backstreets. Food was wok-tossed into the air and sesame, soy, and mustard hit the brain before making it to the belly.  People weary from their day jobs sat down on rickety stools to have the meal of their lives. Roasted duck: an addiction. Everything seemed likeContinue reading “Noontime Dumplings in Beijing”

Wearing a Bamboo Hat around Hanoi, Vietnam

~dedicated to Prerna Mukherjee Mizu was getting used to Hanoi’s streets. It wasn’t long until she realized the lack of street-crossing rules. She had waited for a good fifteen minutes before she took a step, and then another, dodged a big Hanoi cyclo and scurried across the road. She didn’t dare look up to seeContinue reading “Wearing a Bamboo Hat around Hanoi, Vietnam”

Hot coffee in burning city – Centralia, Pennsylvania

Mizu is in the city of Centralia. Only five city dwellers live here because the place is literally on fire. It can perish anytime, even as you read this story. A realization of sorts had dawned upon Mizu. She was sipping on a cup of coffee, with a 77-year-old man, in a wooden cottage inContinue reading “Hot coffee in burning city – Centralia, Pennsylvania”

Evenings in Kowloon City – Part 2

Mizu and Zelda walked into the upscale Ozone bar that had swanky blue lights and foggy glass windows. At its far end, they met a group of Chinese and Japanese men and women that were hurdled together, deep in conversation. Among the troop, one woman stood out. She had her hair tied up like theContinue reading “Evenings in Kowloon City – Part 2”