Mohandes K Gandhi was a river to the Indian people and led them with love and compassion to independence. His museum in Madurai seemed worth a visit. Gandhi was a powerful force for peace and his open smiling face seemed to exude the same sense of calm and joyful serenity as the Dalai Lama or […]
Read More The Gandhi Museum
The Indian Museum looms imperiously over the corner of Chowringhee and peers slightly scathingly down at the backpacker hangout, Sudder St. Haberdashers, book shops, chai stalls and leather workers line the footpath outside. Saris swirl with blinding colours. Smiles are all around, (though sometimes a tad scary and reddish with the paan-chewing) A row of […]
Read More The Indian Museum-Part 1 (to be continued): Kolkata
Yes, it’s true, we lied to you. Here we are luxuriating in the City of Kali, having wiped the dust of SE Asia from our sandals, turning our longing gazes west along the Grand Trunk Road and then to magical Rajasthan and beyond and we gave you to believe that we had done with the […]
Read More Morality Mosaics
We’re hooked on the Bengali writer Amitav Ghosh. We love the way he seamlessly weaves bizarre (but largely true) history, colourful and enormously engaging characters, exotic countries, elaborate customs and endlessly fascinating linguistics together to create an intricately woven fabric that shimmers and glistens and changes even as your eye takes it in. Once again […]
Read More Dislocated Book Report: The Glass Palace
Darlings, we’ve Watted you up, we’ve Watted you down, we’ve Watted you all around the town. It’s been grand and it’s been great but the time has come when fate has kicked us in the fleshy rear and booted us from there….all the way over to here. “Here” is Kolkata which is a little like […]
Read More What ? The Last Wat !
On a wall inside an arched gateway leading to a spectacularly beautiful Wat in Vientiane stands this. “What is it” ? we asked ourselves, scratching our heads, briefly our groins, (it was hot and sweaty work this Wat crawling), and then, quite quickly and somewhat embarrassedly our heads again. Do Buddhist’s believe in Astrology ? […]
Read More A Buddhist Zodiac ?
So it’s true, a cat CAN stare at a King ! We’re not entirely certain if the Thai military Government, when providing the funding for these two extraordinary art works, were entirely across the democratic implications of this idiomatic proverb. But we are fairly certain the artist was. A cat may also, it seems, stretch […]
Read More A cat can stare at a King
Hi faithful reader, we have passed on from gorgeous, idyllic Luang Prabang, sashayed through incredible Vientiane, paused briefly wondering at it-really-does grow-on-you Bangkok and are now pinching ourselves at actually, really truly being in one of the centres of the universe, God’s navel, Buddha’s belly button, Kali Central, Kolkata, the most vibrant, exotic and exciting […]
Read More Wats ? Yeah Lots. Butterflies and Babes ? You bet ! Hellfire and Micky Mouse ? But of course. Our last 2 weeks in SE Asia.
A much loved Civet has gone missing ! Please check your gardens, your sheds and under your beds. $100 reward has been offered, that’s a bucket load of Kip ! (860,000 to be precise). So we searched, not for the money you understand but for the small child crying themselves to sleep at night without […]
Read More Have You Seen This Civet ?