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Rock on Kalimpong

INDIA | Tuesday, 22 Dec 2015 | Views [237]

This evening I am peeved. Yet another email from my conveyancing solicitor (I am selling my flat) with news of yet more enquiries from the buyer's solicitors. I'm not fond of any of them at the minute. ANYWAY, today I stumbled upon an event held by ... Read more >

Tags: festivals, gompas, indiginous people, viharas


It's a Small World (It seems)

INDIA | Monday, 21 Dec 2015 | Views [258]

One of the best things about writing this blog is choosing the accompanying photograph. Today it is from the Pineview Nursery where I spent a very pleasant hour or so in the end. It did not start out so well as, having vaunted my new found ability to ... Read more >

Tags: churches, nursery, walks


Photos: David_photogallery_Kalimpong2

INDIA | Sunday, 20 Dec 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: David_photogallery_Kalimpong1

INDIA | Saturday, 19 Dec 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Kanchenjunga

INDIA | Saturday, 19 Dec 2015 | Views [315]

I have been waking up most mornings around 4-5 am with the sounds and lights of taxis below my 6th (not 5th) floor window as they prepare to take tourists to Tiger Hill to view the sun rise over Kanchenjunga. This morning was no different. Yesterday, ... Read more >

Tags: contemplations, journeys, mountains


Slow Train to Ghoom

INDIA | Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 | Views [278]

Having aborted my mission to Ghoom the previous day, I was up early and down to the train staion to book my ticket on the Toy Train by 8.30 (ok not early for some). This time the purchase went through without a hitch, though at 1100 rupees the fare seemed ... Read more >


Photos: David_photogallery_Peace_Pagoda

INDIA | Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 | Photo Gallery

Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda
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Photos: David_photogallery_Yiga_Choling

INDIA | Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 | Photo Gallery

Old Ghoom Monasatery
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Photos: David_photogallery_Ghoom_Shakya_Choling

INDIA | Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 | Photo Gallery

Ghoom monasteries, plus Peace Pagoda
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Bhanga Boys

INDIA | Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 | Views [383]

I have now moved rooms to one more befitting my bachelor status. Facing Darjeeling, now shrouded in mist, it is smaller and lacks en suite toilet and shower. What it lacks it gains by virtue of the view (admittedly not a great advantage today), wardrobe ... Read more >

Tags: cigarettes, drink, food, friendship


Photos: David_photogallery_Darjeeling1

INDIA | Tuesday, 15 Dec 2015 | Photo Gallery

first full day in Darjeeling
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Photos: David_photogallery_2Darjeeling

INDIA | Monday, 14 Dec 2015 | Photo Gallery

journey from Kolkata to Darjeeling
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The Worm has Turned

INDIA | Monday, 14 Dec 2015 | Views [331]

Darjeeling, 14th December. Happy Birthday to Emms (my eldest neice) for yesterday. Hope you had a good first term at Universtity and a good birthday. Today it is I, sitting in the Himalayan Java Coffe House on the Mall, Darjeeling, who is tapping ... Read more >

Tags: hill station, meeting people, train journey


Change of Plan

INDIA | Saturday, 12 Dec 2015 | Views [375]

My train for New Jalpaiguri leaves tonight and not tomorrow night as I had thought.  I've just booked two nights at the Dekeling guest house in central Darljeeling and I'm quite excited now and looking forward to what I hope will be a calmer ... Read more >

Tags: change of plan, food, train journey


Photos: David_Photogallery_Shibpur

INDIA | Saturday, 12 Dec 2015 | Photo Gallery

Various photos
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Tagored

INDIA | Saturday, 12 Dec 2015 | Views [306]

Today was one of my favourite days to date. As usual abandoning my plan to get up early and go to the flower market I went through the morning stop start routine ending up with meditation, this time including the Tiratana Vandana, a section from the ... Read more >

Tags: art, city exploration, fear


Photos: David_photogallery_Tagore_Kumartuli

INDIA | Friday, 11 Dec 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Predictably Enough

INDIA | Friday, 11 Dec 2015 | Views [391]

Predictably enough, after coffe and diet coke, I could not get to sleep last night. I lay awake stewing over Nadeem's comment - Nadeem is the best and PUSHIEST manager I've ever had - and listening to the increasingly irritable howl of dogs, the quawing ... Read more >


Photos: David_photogallery_BotanicGardens

INDIA | Friday, 11 Dec 2015 | Photo Gallery

as implied in title
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Photos: David_photography_CalcuttaCricketClub

INDIA | Friday, 11 Dec 2015 | Photo Gallery

Pictures of Ballygunge Ground
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