The hand that shook the hand…that shook the hand, (and other brushes with fame.)

Primitive customs, memories of skin cells and metaphysical degrees of separation collide when we consider the strange case of the man that shook the hand…that shook the hand. I know dear friend, for I AM that man. But don’t reach for your guns.  Not just yet anyway. Most people collect stamps, coins, bottle tops, scalps, shrunken […]

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The Indian Museum

We revisited the Indian Museum on Chowringhee,  an amazing shrine to Civilisation, and passed these characters on our way down Sudder Street. The Indian Museum is one of the great museums of the world.  A cathedral to culture and industry.  Vast rooms, one upon another, each the size of ballrooms, pillared, plastered, soaring ceilings, doors […]

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Sravanabalagola

A giant Jain Saint stands meditating on top of a holy hill, 2 hours from Mysore, concrete tendrils winding around his calves as he stands in blissful serenity gazing at the hazy plain below. We took a cab through miles of sugar cane and bananas.  Some ladies were letting the traffic thresh their harvest.   […]

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Graphic Art of India

In Ye olde days (the 1980s) India had fabulous graphic art everywhere.  Hand painted and drawn signs, advertisements and giant movie posters abounded.  They were glorious, and always just a tiny bit strange, out of proportion, really quite large stars making eyes at each other or gazing dreamily into the middle distance, looking as if […]

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Mysore Palace

Mysore has the Palace from central casting. Overwhelmingly beautiful, a melange of styles and colours that come together incredibly well. It’s a pastel wedding cake that perfectly captures the essence of India – a hodgepodge, a mishmash, a series of stratified layers and rings more numerous than any tree or rock, an avalanche of appropriations […]

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