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
In India, in between the Sun’s rays and the Moon’s beams the physical and the metaphysical tangle and blur, constantly wavering, shimmering, flickering in and out of focus. Ganesha, Rama and Sita, Krishna and his Gopis, Shiva and Kali and Hanuman walk the streets and enchantment fills the air. Even as one plants ones fleshy […]Read More Sorrow into Joy
Reg Mombassa and Timothy Leary decided to get together as interior decorators. Their masterpiece is our room at The Pearl Palace Jaipur – The (Under)Lake Palace. Those twinkling lights we missed in Mandawa are on our ceiling. Little round mirrors that sparkle and wink when you look up, surrounded by a border of algaed ferns. And […]Read More I’d like to be under the sea in an Octopus’s garden….
One of the many great delights of being abroad is the exposure it gives you to people that, on reflection, make one feel comparatively balanced and sane. These are three such encounters. Firstly some excellent post-prandial advice from the delightful Indian Laotian family (originally from Pondicherry) who run the excellent Nishi restaurant in Luang Prabang. […]Read More Laotian Loonies
Sadly leaving Phnom Penh today on our way to the now familiar Giant Ibis bus depot, our tuk tuk drove us past these vivacious gals, who once a year put on their glad rags and collect alms for the needy. Those donating obtain blessings and good fortune for themselves and their family (just so all […]Read More Cambodian Festival of the Big-Booby Giants
We beetled towards Hoang Sa in District 1 (to check in with the lovely Lunch Lady of Saigon), when we came across a splendid park. Saigon is strewn with lovely green spaces, beautifully treed, gorgeously shrubbed, elaborately flowered. They often have magnificent ceremonial arches, stirring heroic statues and heavy duty exercise gear for the locals […]Read More Capitalist Rats meet Saigon Micky