With coronavirus grounding travel, India’s homestay owners win


With Indian families looking for properties that fit the bill as a home away from home, offering an option for long-term stays should they choose to also work, homestay owners across the country, especially in and around the metros, are witnessing a steady recovery in business after being hit hard by Covid-19 outbreak.

Jaipur’s historic forts and palaces, witness to numerous tales of valour, sacrifice and revenge, are gathering dust as the Pink City’s hospitality industry goes through the wringer in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, sculptor and homestay owner Tarpan Patel is thanking his stars as a completely different type of revenge helps save his business.“Believe it or not, it was revenge tourism that threw us a lifeline. I was expecting the

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Lodge owners, guides concerned about Minnesota resorts fishing in Canadian waters

Frank and Lynn Wepruk get frustrated when they hear the hum of a group of boats full of people going fishing, who will cross into Canada, fish, and then return south of the border.

The Wepruks own The Fisheries Resort, on Rainy Lake, near Fort Frances, Ont. Rainy Lake is mainly situated in Canada, but some of the lake adjoins Minnesota.

“You can tell when it’s a fleet of guide boats going by,” said Lynn, noting the boats that originate from Minnesota are grouped together, sometimes with as many as eight boats together.

There can be four or five people in each boat, she said, “so, when you start doing the arithmetic, on how many fish they could be potentially pulling out of our lake in one day, it could be 100 fish per boat.”

Wepruk said that figure is based on using catch-and-release methods of fishing, which, although the

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Left behind because of Covid-19, a tiny dog travels 10,000 miles to rejoin her owners

(CNN) — All the best dogs find their way home eventually. Sometimes, like Pipsqueak the wiener dog, they’ve got to embark on a journey of more than 10,000 miles to get there.

Little Pip was stranded in South Carolina at the height of the pandemic after her owners were forced to abandon their round-the-world sailing trip and fly home to Australia.

With borders closing quickly, Zoe and Guy Eilbeck, and their sons Cam and Max, had less than 48 hours to pack up everything from their 40-foot yacht after docking in Hilton Head Island.

Australia’s tough pet import rules meant their loyal dachshund Pip couldn’t come with them.

That’s OK, they thought. They’d be able to return in no time at all for a tail-wagging reunion before heading back out on the ocean.

So Zoe made a few last-minute phone calls to arrange for Pip to be looked after by

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