I know that this week, as I sit down to write this column, everyone is outraging about the new tax regulations that would require all tax-paying Indians to declare their travel abroad (and how they paid for it) in their annual returns.
And while this would make life difficult for frequent travellers – yet another set of bills to preserve, yet more payments to keep track of – this is not what I want to talk to you about today (especially since the government has since back-peddled furiously on the issue).
Instead, I am going to give you a rather exhaustive (and very exhausting!) list of the many things that leave me irritated at best and incandescent with rage at worst when I am travelling.
The palaver of packing: After all these decades of travelling, you would think I would have the act of packing down to a fine art. Well, you would be quite wrong. Oh, I get the essentials in the suitcase, all right, no problems there. Then, starts the internal dialogue. Should I pack an umbrella? Or is it easier to borrow one at the hotel? Overcoat or light jacket? One pair of heels or two?
From HT Brunch, April 26
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