Sujatha Bagal

Stories and essays on food, travel, culture.

Lincoln’s Cottage: A Washington Monument Off the Beaten Path

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln spent the summers during his presidency in a cottage a few miles away from the White House? That was his ‘rural’ retreat back then, … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Cycle Rickshaws in Washington, D.C.: Trike Happy – ForbesLife India

A version of this article was originally published in ForbesLife India. PDF version of the article is available here – PEDICABS. The nose wheel makes an acute turn and plants … Continue reading

September 5, 2011

Budapest: No Rest in the Pest – Mint Lounge

Ajay Devgn. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. His stark white suit. Her lusciously rich red sari. The earthy tones of the concrete and metal of Chain Bridge. A maudlin song wailing in … Continue reading

March 5, 2011

Vienna: Street Music – Mint Lounge

The drone of early morning traffic trickles in through the thick double-paned kitchen windows and into our apartment in the heart of Vienna. I hear buses, cars and a couple … Continue reading

October 24, 2010

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is one of the most visited tourist sites in the Washington, D.C. area, with around four million visitors every year. The evidence is all too clear as … Continue reading

May 25, 2009

Prague: A Little City with a Big Heart

The taxi sped past nondescript buildings and wide expanses of green grass on either side of the highway from Ruznye Aiport to the City of Prague. N and I spent … Continue reading

March 25, 2009


We ride into Rome on one of Treinitalia’s high-speed lines from Naples. Rome’s Termini station is large, swanky and user-friendly. It’s drizzling outside but our hotel is only a short … Continue reading

January 7, 2009