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Asia » India » Maharashtra » Nagpur October 27th 2012

Moving across on the route N6 Mumbai to Kolkata. Not scenic. No tourists, cycling or otherwise seen to date. Resting my tattered arse here in Nagpur for a day. Map update included. Almost 10,000km still without puncture.Bizarre but true!... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Juhu October 17th 2012

In my Hindi class our assignment is to write a composition about our weekend. I thought it would be a fun and simple way to summarize my experience to use that as my blog. I haven't had it edited or checked, so if you know Hindi- mind my mistakes! It is also very different writing it in english letters than the Hindi script (sanskrit). First is the romanized version, and then below I will translate it. Yehe weekend mei Shyanne ke sath Mumbai ki yatra kare. Ham Thursday ki subah airpline se pahuchi. Mei mere dada ke dost Manoj se milti aur uska parivar ke sath rehi. Uska beta ka chote bachhe hai. Ek larka aur ek larki. Uska bahut pyara aur hoshiar hai. Ham kele aur bahut hase. Mujhko bukh nahin lugi kyonki vo bahut ... read more
Shyanne and I with our host family for the weekend.
South Mumbai
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Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai October 7th 2012

Mani Bhavan – A short blog about Gandhi-ji The monsoon rains forced me to cancel my trip to Pune so I decided to visit Mani Bhavan, the house where Mahatma Gandhi lived for many years. Located in downtown Mumbai, this house served as Gandhi’s base for almost twenty years and was the focal point for all his political activities during this time. A beautiful house on a leafy, tree-lined street, it has now been turned into a museum and archive to celebrate his life and achievements and I felt that a visit was essential. If Barack Obama felt it necessary to visit during his State Visit in 2010, I thought it was only right to follow his lead. (A short aside: You may be asking why I refer to Gandhi in the title of this blog ... read more
The oval plaque, reminiscent of the blue plaques in London
The bronze bust watching over us
Gandhi-ji's Room

Asia » India » Maharashtra October 1st 2012

An aside: A good friend alerted me today to an inaccuracy in my previous blog. I stated that many of the city name changes in India took place just after independence from the British Empire. I should have checked Wikipedia first, I guess, as Madras was only renamed Chennai in 1996 and, as Wikipedia states in Mumbai's case, "the English name was officially changed to Mumbai in November 1995. This came at the insistence of the Marathi nationalist Shiv Sena party that had just won the Maharashtra state elections and mirrored similar name changes across the country. A theory was proposed suggesting that "Bombay" was a corrupted English version of "Mumbai" an... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra September 30th 2012

One thing I had promised myself about this trip to India was that I would do my best to experience it as a native Indian does. I would travel as they travel and, as much as possible, eat what they eat. So, no McDonalds, KFC, or ham and cheese sandwiches and more Guajarati Thali, biryanis, lentil dahls and the like. (I have eaten at Subway but that was a Chicken Tandoori sub so that doesn’t count, right?) Indian food at the source is nothing like the westernized versions we taste every day in the UK and America; not every curry burns your mouth and every region has its own distinct flavours and textures. Some I’ve loved, others have just been a little too strange for me like the sweets made of chickpeas and the restaurants where ... read more
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Asia » India » Maharashtra September 23rd 2012

Mumbai – A City of Contrasts, A City Alive Allow me to set the scene. When I was younger, I read an article in National Geographic entitled India By Rail. It described in incredible detail, and with amazing photographs, the railway network in India. It didn’t concentrate on the machinery but rather the people who kept it running and the villages, towns and cities it visited as it made its way across the massive, unbelievably diverse country known as India. I was fascinated by the history and culture and kept the magazine, imagining that one day I would be able to experience it for myself. In the years that followed, I got married – twice – and had children – three – and the dream remained exactly that – unrealized and filed away in a metaphorical ... read more
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Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Gorai September 6th 2012

Namaste Everyone! After months of planning, my trip to India is so close I can almost taste it. I've had all my injections, my malaria tablets and industrial strength insect repellent are already packed and ready to go and now I just have the weekend to wait. I've learned a few basic Hindi phrases but everyone I talk to tells me that in Mumbai, everyone speaks English so I should be okay on that front. I've done my research and my working visa is in place in my passport. Boxes are ticked. Twenty eight days in a foreign land, a world so very different than my own, awaits. I'll be posting frequently so I'm hoping that my friends will be able to savour, through me, the wonders of India. I can't wait. Oh, and the day ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai August 25th 2012

And so to the final leg of my Indian adventure, one that would see me navigating huge sections of India to take in places and people seemingly from different worlds as the diversity of India hit me fully in the face. I tracked to the mountainous north of India with its Tibetan vibe and holidaying Indians, right down to the laid back beaches of the South and finished off on the west coast in cosmopolitan Mumbai. From Amristar I entered the state of Himachal Pradesh, which is nearly as north as you can go in India (you can actually go higher to Kashmir, but years of civil unrest and violence between India and Pakistan in this region sort of scared me off, what a girl). Rather than entering a new state, it was as though I ... read more
Smaller waterways by canoe
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Asia » India » Maharashtra » Chandrapur August 21st 2012

If u are looking for a big cat then Tadoba in Nagpur is a place to be. There are many big Tiger reserve in India, but the population of Big cat has gone down over years. Tadoba is one place where the ratio per sq km is quiet high. and u really need to have a very bad day, not to see one. One thing to ensure book your safari in advance, and Maharuli is the gate to be .......the other gates have good number of wild life......but the chance to see the king himself is less.... read more
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Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Bandra August 21st 2012

Happy (belated) Independence Day everyone! (Indian Independence Day) You probably would have thought that I would be out enjoying some parade or some activities to celebrate, but actually the government has put out a high warning alert for the country! Pretty sad that this day is marked by potential danger, but what to do. Anyways, it feels like a lifetime since I've written on this blog, so if you're reading here, prepare yourself for a lllooooonnnngggg one. I actually don't have internet right now (seems to be a regular occurrence), so this might be posted a little later (ok so it's almost a week later). I'm currently sitting in my living room, watching Indian MTV, which I've discovered is quite entertaining! I have barely watched any live tv since being here, but I think I like ... read more
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