Category Archives: INDIA 2014

CALCUTTA A CITY OF CULTURE AND REFUGEES..draft

” Poverty and Pride..Side by Side”  Rudyard Kipling on Calcutta “You are never alone in Calcutta” Michael Jennings The Howrah Mail  ( “ the superfastmail train of Indian railways connecting two metropolitan cities of India, Kolkata and Chennai” ..Fast is all rather … Continue reading

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MAMALLAPURAM AND CHENNAI… first draft

  The road from Pondicherry to Mamallapuram followed the coast, for the most part around a kilometre inland, offering views from time to time of endless golden beaches glimpsed in between luxuriant tropical vegetation. The little hamlets of thatched huts … Continue reading

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PONDICHERRY A BEAUTIFUL CITY AND SCANDAL AT AUROBINDO ASHRAM

Walking along the sea front at Pondicherry you could be anywhere except India.. At 5 in the afternoon before the ‘passeggiata’ starts and just after the road has been closed the sea front is almost devoid of people. A little … Continue reading

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Madurai The Great Temple of Meenakshi Amman, Festival of Mariamman

‘Madri Madri Madri’ The driver shouted out to us sleeping passengers in our double beds in the bus from Cochi to Madurai. I was suddenly as shocked as I’d been 7 hours beforehand when I got on the bus to … Continue reading

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COCHI AND THE KERALA BACKWATERS

The flights from Varanesi to Cochi took most of the day as I had a long stopover at Mumbai. Intransit these days one could be anywhere in the world , the same set off uninspiring duty free shops with watches, … Continue reading

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VARANASI THE HOLY CITY

The corner shop next to the Gulnor hotel had the most delicious of vegetable samosas, so with four of these and some fruit and water I was ready for the night train to Varanasi. I had organised with Abid at … Continue reading

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RETURN TO DELHI

We had experienced a torrential downpour on the drive back from Agra and now the seasonal monsoon had belatedly arrived in Delhi. It is quite impressive to see the absolute ferocity of an attack from the dark skies. The cycle … Continue reading

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