We were doing our morning discovery tour of our latest destination – Udupi – South of Mangalore in beautiful Karnataka when we stumbled upon the most fascinating of stone fences – all different types of sculpture and art leading us to a gateway adorned with animals and idols. We peered in with unfeigned interest to […]Read More Art House in Udupi
The Sacred Cows of Pushkar have it sorted. They wander here and there to designated spots and, confident of their own significance, bellow their arrival, signalling also that it is time for a little snack. Post bellow serious and meaningful eyeball contact is established. The necessary is done. The Universe, (on this occasion assuming […]Read More Pushkar: Holy Cow !
Varanasi – a splendid, crumbling step-back-in-time. Your feet come out from under you and you tumble into an ancient landscape. You stumble and mumble a mantra and swerve and sway to keep out of the way of the cows, the shopkeepers and the saddhus. Round each corner the narrow lane opens onto a new delight.Read More Délices d’Architecture – Varanasi
There is a wonderful cosmos in Kolkata made up of faith infused with fun, straw mixed with clay, bamboo covered in cloth and paint artfully applied to plaster. Gods and animals, demons and fairies, fruits and flowers, lights, incense and offerings tumble across and over each other on towering bamboo arches that bestride the streets […]Read More The Idolmakers of the Durga Puja
Opposite the Krishna Temple, ( where Lord Krishna was born don’t you know). A delightfully dapper devotee, a young person in a hurry (tsk, aren’t they all) ? and ( one for the English teachers and grammar pedants), a misplaced apostrophe.Read More You are under (grammatically dubious) surveillance: Mathura
We cannot imagine another city to compare with Varanasi. A riot of colour, an olfactory overload, an all-senses blow-out. Slightly jaded after our illness in Bodhgaya we arrived just as the sun had set and we were disappointed not to see magical fairy lights twinkling in the ghats. All was in relative darkness along the […]Read More Varanasi – a Dante-esque riot to blow your mind
Angkor Wat, Nok Kachhel, Japanese sponge bridge and the most beautiful stones imaginable.Read More Wat’s up Nok ?