Archive for 'India'
Days 123-124: Cows on a beach. That’s Goa in four words. There’s nothing that quite puts one off swimming than seeing a huge bovine wandering down to the water’s edge and discharging about five litres of urine.
With a dozen or so different beaches to choose from, we spent a couple of days in Anjuna, a […]
Days 121-122: India! Hindu one day, Catholic the next. So it was in Panjim, the capital of Goa, where we paused to acclimatise to the humidity of South India. This striking silver Christ figure welcomed visitors to the Bishop’s Residence, in the hills above Panjim. Typically for a country in which people of different faiths […]
Days 117-120 : In India, I’ve been reading Rohinton Mistery’s A fine balance. Set partly in Mumbai, it’s a moving story about four characters whose livelihoods are bound together in an unlikely way. Struggling to make their way in the world, they’re living on the edge in every sense, with the slightest external shock having […]
Day 119: The highlight of our stay in Mumbai was our trip to the Twenty20 cricket game between India and Australia, keenly anticipated by local cricket fans (and that means just about everyone) and the first international Twenty20 game ever played in India. Getting into the stadium itself was possibly the biggest achievement.
Clutching our […]
Day 114: Roll up! Roll up! See the world’s largest turban! This sizeable, dare I say unwieldy, creation certainly laid laim to the title however I won’t be convinced of its supremacy until I see someone wearing it.
Days 111-114: Water, in sufficient quantities, is a sure-fire salve for the nerves of the most jangled traveller. Udaipur had lots of it. With a whitewashed palace in the middle of a man-made lake made famous by the James Bond movie Octopussy, and a golden-hued palace lining the shore, Udaipur was one of those picture-postcard […]
Day 110: There’s always something comforting about buying food and drink from a vendor which verifiably makes more than a thousand of said snack per day. This lassi stand, just inside the main gate near Jodphur’s famous clocktower, was pumping out their famous cardamom-flavoured lassi at a dozen a minute in the short time that […]
Days 111-114: You couldn’t complain about the view from the rooftop in Udaipur. Hotel Wonderview indeed. Nice folks too.