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The Blackbuck Lodge – Velavadar

I was so blown away by the accommodation we stayed in at Velavadar, that I thought it deserved a post all of its own…. On our trip to Velavadar National Park, we were being accompanied by friends who were keen for a break from Mumbai – so upon landing at...
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Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar

OK, so I am back to blogging now… and this one goes out especially to my in-laws, who love wildlife. We have just returned from a short weekend in Gujurat where we stayed at the heavenly Blackbuck Lodge in Velavadar (see the next post for details). The National Park here...
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Yes – I’ve been very quiet!

Dear Blog Readers Apologies for the big gap in my posts.  It will amaze you to know that I have been very busy with NGO work and have really tried to make it a priority over the last few weeks.  Some amazing things are happening at the Foundation (which tackles...
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Ubiquitous India : No 3 – The Hercules Bicycle

Where would everyday Indian Man be without his bicycle? Sturdy, reliable and with an eternally long life, the Hercules bicycle is as much a packhorse as it is a convenient mode of transport. The unchanging simplicity of design makes the Indian Bicycle a ‘classic’. You won’t find a working class...
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Another Fishy Tale (Khar Danda Market)

We recently had some guests staying and instead of taking them to see some ‘normal’ tourist sights, we thought that they would just love to see our local Koli fishing village on Carter Road. It was on this outing that we found a proper covered fish market – which I...
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A Spotted Leopard or a Leopard Spotted?

Mr Jules and I have been off on safari again! This time on another Toehold Wildlife & Photography tour to Kabini in Nagarhole National Park (Karnataka).  The trip was short but sweet and bit-by-bit, I was able to improve on the skills learnt on the last photography tour to Tadoba....
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Who is ‘BEANBAG’ ???

There is one thing that will not have escaped the notice of any Mumbai resident – and that is the ‘Beanbag 26407383’ graffiti that can be found all over the city. South to North and East to West.  You will see it on concrete walls, on the huge pipes that...
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Kitab Khana – My Favourite Bombay Bookshop

Whenever I am in South Bombay,  I always make a point of visiting Kitab Khana – an independent bookshop with old world charm that stocks an interesting range of reading matter. It was actually Mr Jules that first introduced me to the shop as he used to work just around...
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Ubiquitous India : No 2 – The Plastic Chair

I have to admit, I am not being original in observing the ubiquity of the moulded plastic chair in India – it was noted in an article by the BBC entitled “10 things you might not know about India – No 6. Everywhere you go, you see plastic chairs“. And...
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Gourmet Saturday : Marie-Antoinette (Bandra)

Mr Jules and I were lucky enough to be invited over to Marie-Antoinette on Saturday to try out a selection of their delectable patisserie items.  Never ones to turn down cake, you couldn’t get us there quick enough!  I was also particularly keen to visit Marie-Antoinette after learning that the...
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Photoessay: Groups No. 6

Happy Sunday Peeps! Well I haven’t posted anything from my groups series for a while – not since July 2013 in fact.  (see Groups No.5 here) My quest to photograph groups of people has been pretty slow over the last six months, or perhaps I have been missing opportunities due...
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Scenes from Banganga Tank

I have been to Banganga Tank so many times now – it’s one of the first places I show visitors or newcomers to the city.  Perhaps I think if I show them Banganga Tank, I can lull them into some sort of impression that the rest of the city will...
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Christmas on Lake Ashtamudi (Kollam, Kerala)

Mr Jules and I have just got back from a very lovely few days on Lake Ashtamudi in Kerala. Never have I been anywhere in India where I have felt so relaxed and so far removed from frenetic Mumbai. Even on Lake Vembanad – the best known Keralan lake, the...
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Ubiquitous India : No. 1 – The Squat

Today I am starting a new series on my blog called ‘Ubiquitous India’, which will be about everyday objects and actions that you commonly see in India, but perhaps you wouldn’t notice unless you are an outsider.  Like me. I have already written several posts about sights that amuse or...
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The Freedom Tree – Quirky & Colourful Interiors

A new interiors find! On the way back from the pet shop the other day, I noticed that a new interiors store called The Freedom Tree has opened in place of the grocery shop that was on the corner of 23rd and 28th Road in Bandra. As you know, I...
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Vindaloo : A Very Misunderstood Curry

In the UK, ‘having a Vindaloo’ conjures up visions of inebriated Friday nights.  Of beer swilling blokes downing ten pints before bundling into their local curry house.  And then drunkenly making their selections from a standard anglo-Indian menu whilst competing to see who can eat the hottest curry – inevitably...
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Water – The Most Basic Human Need

The other morning, I got talking to our home-help Reetha about her daily routine.  As part of that conversation, I asked her about drinking water and water for washing.  Mop in hand, she told me that she was lucky because she didn’t have to take a water jar and collect...
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The Gandhi Topi

Having seen this side-cap on a lot of working men in and around the state of Maharashtra – I thought I would research and write something about what I now know to be called the ‘Gandhi Topi’ (or Gandhi Cap). A dabbawala proudly wears his Gandhi Topi I firstly thought...
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Introducing Bartlet – Our Bombay Puppy

Last Saturday morning, after sturdying myself with a nice sneaked-through-customs-Waitrose-bacon bap, I had taken myself off to the World for All Animal Adoptathon in Bandra.  Minus Mr Jules. And just to have a look you understand. I had seen lots of pictures on Facebook of cats and dogs needing homes...
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