Conrad takes you aboard, sits you down on the deck, and before your very astonished eyes pulls down the stars from the skies and drops them gently into your lap. Josef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski was born into a Polish noble family in the Ukraine, which at that time was part of the Russian Empire, though […]Read More Dislocated Book Report: The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad
This Parsi restaurant dating back to 1923 is a bastion for royalists. Still headed by the sprightly 96 year old patriarch and passionate Anglophile, Mr Boman Kohinoor (like the diamond, the legendary Mountain of Light, the centrepiece of the British Royal Crown.)whose Zoroastrian family immigrated to Bombay from Yazd in Iran in 1905. Mr Kohinoor […]Read More Rule Britannia & Co. Long Live Liz!
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
DELHI FOOD RAJINDER DA DHABA Rajinder Da Dhaba was a little street stall in Delhi that grew in fame and size – deservedly so. It now takes up a whole parking lot filled with happy takeaway (male) patrons and for the more sedate there’s a restaurant. (We had a touch of trouble finding the restaurant […]Read More Delhi-icious
Mathura on the Yamuna is one of the seven most sacred cities in all of India. It was here that Lord Krishna was born, 3,500 years ago. We had a reverential look around the temple ( no photos unfortunately), travelled through a dark tunnel filled with dioramas and gazed upon the holy place upon which […]Read More The Modern Departmental Store (and other wonders): Mathura
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
Chameleons that we are we’d decided to get some Indian kit. (Then no one could guess we’re ferengis…) We were bargained-and-haggled-out so graciously our charming host, Rono took us round to his favourite local emporiums down Resh Behari way. A government- run store and a tiny shop bursting with an excellent variety of anything you […]Read More Overpass Chess and Karom with Aplomb