Kolkata. Take 2. It’s grand to revisit but especially when a city has captured your heart. There’s something about Kolkata. The place. The people. The joie-de-vivre. The haunting smells of cardamom, rose, garlic, onions and incense. The bite of chilli to your eyes. The constant squawking crow-chatter with their balletic swoops hither and thither. We […]Read More Bengali Bonhomie. Kolkata Kindness.
Big date night, concert and dinner, but first, a haircut on Lake View Rd. $1. Next, a rattling good ride on the impressive Kolkata Metro from Kalighat to Park St, 2 return tickets, 40 cents. Down Chowringhee past the stalls and colour and excitement, the throbbing and hustling, to the beautiful courtyard of the Indian […]Read More How to show a girl a good time on $7.83
We have revisited Varanasi and come to the beginning of the end for this trip. For our retirement it’s just the end of the beginning and there could be no more magical place to contemplate these conundrums of time and space than Varanasi. This Holy City is the Hindu’s Jerusalem, Rome or Mecca. To a […]Read More Varanasi Alleys & Ghats
Take our hand and stroll through this great city. From Gariahat along Sarat Bose Rd, to Shakespeare Sarani, Chowringhee and the legendary Park St. The street art. Gods wrapped up in macramed tops against the Calcuttan winter. Masala Pepsi ? A tea tree The Calcuttans, effortlessly graceful and naturally gracious. Film makers and […]Read More Kolkata Pitter Patter
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 […]Read More The Indian Museum
St Thomas the Apostle, Doubting Thomas, is said to have founded the Catholic Church in Southern India in 52 AD. There he toiled and tarried, preached and propagated, performed numerous miracles Had a number of hairy escapes from badmashes intent on doing him a bit of no good And made himself useful in many ways. […]Read More The Incredulity of Thomas
Travelling through Asia and the subcontinent is at times challenging. Sri Lanka is simply charming. No curbside piles of rubbish, no strident claxxoning of horns, no olfactory assaults, – a gentler, more relaxing paradise on all counts. Pillows that you sink into unconsciousness gratefully. Towels with a fluff-factor off the scale. I understand why this […]Read More The Unbearable Lightness of Being in Sri Lanka