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Trip: solar dreaming ...

There are [25] stories from my trip: solar dreaming ...

Gallery: The 'Library'/BK's School & Jatoli School

INDIA | Sunday, 12 Jul 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Random shots: Khati & Kafni Glacier 2009

INDIA | Sunday, 12 Jul 2009 | Photo Gallery

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The 'working holiday' misnomer....

INDIA | Sunday, 12 Jul 2009 | Views [621]

If you think about it: the two words 'working holiday' should never be put into the same sentence. It is funny how people automatically assume that because you work overseas (in this case - India) that you are on some sort of 'holiday' that entails a ... Read more >

Small criminals & trial by water, oil and cut off noses

INDIA | Sunday, 12 Jul 2009 | Views [553]

We live in pretty much a crime free environment. This isn't to say that minor misdemeanours don't occur, and if someone has transgressed the issue is dealt with by the local Panchayat and usually involves a rather large fine (approximately 5000 rupees).... Read more >

The archaeological erosion of Delhi

INDIA | Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | Views [550]

The train from Bharatpur to Delhi was punctuated by a troupe of Hijra's extorting rupees from passengers, children performing acrobatic feats, beggars and the uniquely Indian call of "paaannniii bottle", "omlat" & "chai"... Read more >

Bharatpur royalty and the great bird slaughter

INDIA | Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | Views [609]

A mere thirty minute death defying bus ride from Fatephur Sikri is the town of Bharatpur, located in the Mewat region of Rajasthan. Once the city founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal - the ruler fo the princely state of Bharatpur - was an impregnable and well ... Read more >

Fatephur Sikri: the architectural legacy of Emporer Ashoka

INDIA | Tuesday, 17 Mar 2009 | Views [546]

Fatephur Sikri (City of Victory) is the crowning architectural legacy of the great Emporer Akhbar. Built in the late half of the 16th century and capital of the Mughal Empire for less than two decades, this majestic city is strategically sited in a commanding ... Read more >

The dichotomy: the nation's capital and a separate tale of baking babies....

INDIA | Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | Views [508]

28.03.2009 India is a country of stark contrasts: the globally acclaimed economic growth is in sharp juxtaposition to the tardy progress in human idices. This finds us in the nations capital. A kaleidoscope of colours, smells and sounds the ultimate ... Read more >

The riotous festival of HOLI

INDIA | Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | Views [547]

11.3.2009 The riotous festival of colour is upon us and the streets are awash with water and gulal (a little like coloured powder paint) . Holi ( also known as Vasant Utsav ) occurs on the full moon in Feb/March each year. This joyous day marks the ... Read more >

Glue, Gulal and Commonwealth Games...

INDIA | Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | Views [667]

1.03.2009 Today I spoke to some teenage glue/heroin addicted children living on the streets of Delhi. Most are teenage runaways who either have no parents, a sole parent who couldn't support them or had left intolerable households of sexual/physical ... Read more >

To the world beyond the valley.

INDIA | Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 | Views [521]

25.02.2009 In the last few weeks six casualties have resulted from an errant leopard in the Bageshwar district who has developed a penchant for human flesh. One woman is currently in Almora hospital with deep gouge marks to her entire body having survived ... Read more >

Any one for a game of cards?

INDIA | Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | Views [460]

21.02.2009 Once the measles epidemic had quelled, chicken pox took hold. Now not having had the latter childhood disease and after witnessing how severe the adult cases have been, I treated chicken pox houses like they had the bubonic plague! The Government ... Read more >

Missing dogs and rather large cats...

INDIA | Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | Views [411]

16.02.2009 Arjuns body was delayed in arrival, so the men spent three days in Bageshwar. Once the cremation occurred at the confluence of the sacred Gomti and Saryu Rivers they made the journey home. The snow on the ground lasted less than 48 hours ... Read more >

From a white wonderland to a deathly black...

INDIA | Saturday, 28 Feb 2009 | Views [523]

12.02.2009 This morning the mountains were like 'fairyland'. We woke to a pristine white landscape and at first light the near full moon dominated the sky as a massive white orb. Yesterday's snowfall was the first for this winter and the villagers rejoiced ... Read more >

Snowflakes and quakes

INDIA | Saturday, 28 Feb 2009 | Views [455]

11.02.2009 The sky has been brooding black all morning. Last night we had our first rain in weeks, not much but enough to wet the fields and fill the air with wondrous earthy smells. I sent the kids home from school early as some have quite a distance ... Read more >

Glacier melt and the last 'tango'....

INDIA | Saturday, 28 Feb 2009 | Views [432]

02.02.2009 I would love to be able to tell tales of five feet of snow, snowball fights, cracking thick ice off the morning water buckets and of tracking wild animal prints in fresh powder snow... alas I have been basking in warm winter sun and having ... Read more >

Solar dreaming becomes a fully fledged reality

INDIA | Tuesday, 23 Dec 2008 | Views [589]

I have to say that this project could be likened to being on a roller coaster, but it has been an incredible experience. Despite the extended transport period the 'fragile' goods languished at various railway platforms en-route, bounced around in trucks ... Read more >

Almora and the last of the great headache...

INDIA | Monday, 22 Dec 2008 | Views [624]

The Dhakuri Pass PCO (phone), the mountain communities verbal lifeline to the outside world closed down permanently when the associated machinery broke down about 6 weeks ago, signaling the end of the 'community phone' era. A private company has moved ... Read more >

Dr 'Biscott', a wedding & two funerals...

INDIA | Saturday, 20 Dec 2008 | Views [616]

As the whole of India was tranfixed on the unfolding events live on television stations that became widely known as Mumbai 26/11, we remained ensconced in the mountains blissfully oblivious to the dramas. Then a friend relayed what he had heard on the ... Read more >

Gallery: Sunderdhunga valley

INDIA | Saturday, 20 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

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