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Long route home Our trip all the way home, trying to catch no planes and stay on the ground like civilised people. It's taking us via India all the way to Europe from Japan, the furthest of the Far East...


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Future shock

Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010 | Views [805]

As you can tell from this slightly jumbled round up, our race through this huge country left us reeling - so many glimpses of people's lives, so many stories and so many possibilities. It's hard not to wonder what the future holds for India. This beguiling ... Read more >

More musings on Indialand

Sunday, 21 Nov 2010 | Views [462]

About India, society, religion and language It's hard to make sense, or draw one coherent narrative out of such an enormous country, with such a large and diverse population. We moved through 10 out of 25 states, and saw the landscape change from paddy ... Read more >


Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | Views [568]

We have written on many postcards that travelling in India has been immensely rewarding, but also immensely frustrating. Some of those frustrations come from outside, some come from ourselves and our judgements - we want to do things 'our' way, it's ... Read more >

Photos: Darling darjeeling

Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010 | Photo Gallery

Fancy a cuppa?
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Our darling Darjeeling

Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010 | Views [983]

After one final Indian night train to New Jalpaiurgi, we had to catch a shared jeep up the mountain to Darjeeling, which was an experience in itself. The people we were riding with were on their way home for holidays, but seemed to be moving house.... Read more >

Photos: Durga king

Saturday, 16 Oct 2010 | Photo Gallery

Calcutta or Kolkata?
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Fun, dur, banned

Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 | Views [1104]

The Sunderbans, a vast delta of small islands, mangrove forests and tiny waterways, located partly in Bangladesh and partly in India. It covers 4252 square km in India alone, with almost half the area protected for wildlife. The changing tides mix ... Read more >

Cal calling

Monday, 11 Oct 2010 | Views [538]

Kolkata Giant marble lions standing in the shadows of palm trees are a fitting symbol of Calcutta, frequent references to Marxism unmistakeably marks of its new incarnation, Kolkata.  Since 1911 this former capital, once the jewel of the Empire, has ... Read more >

Photos: Varan-a-sty

Sunday, 10 Oct 2010 | Photo Gallery

One of the holiest places in the world - unbelievably!
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Very nasty Varanasi

Sunday, 10 Oct 2010 | Views [849]

From the Golden temple, spiritual home for the Sikhs, we now come to Varanasi, spiritual home to the Hindus. Varanasi sits on the banks of the river Ganges, believed to be a sacred river, a Godess on earth. One story says that she was sent her to earth ... Read more >

Tags: boats, ganges, sunrise, temples, water


Tuesday, 5 Oct 2010 | Views [930]

Back from the Punjab and into a capital fully ready for some event or other.  The turnaround now is remarkable, though the current manifestation is lifeless and sterile.  It's Gandhi's birthday and instead of a day of jubilation and rejoicing we see ... Read more >

Tags: crazy iranians, sword, taj mahal, tombs

Photos: Via Agra

Monday, 4 Oct 2010 | Photo Gallery

Some old building or other...
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Photos: Chandigarh

Friday, 1 Oct 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Test-ing times

Friday, 1 Oct 2010 | Views [691]

Good evening citizen.  The Computer welcomes you to sector 22-B of Chandigarh.  Report immediately to your hotel and present your papers.  If they are not in order you must report for termination... Chandigarh feels rather like a sci-fi vision of ... Read more >

Tags: chandigarh, cricket, india, roads, tickets

Sikh-ing the real India

Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | Views [1234]

Fun and games with visa red tape meant that we arrived in Amritsar a day later than we'd hoped, leaving us a fairly short time to cram in the sights. We stayed out in one of many cantonments in India - another visible sign of the the army presence ... Read more >

Tags: amritsar, border, sikhs, sword, turbans

Photos: Amritsar

Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | Photo Gallery

Sikh holy city
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Delhi II - the return

Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | Views [420]

The return to Delhi was a bit more hopeful, we had shiny new visas to collect, reservations in a nice hotel in a different part of town and lots of goodwill. Abruptly we realised that our hotel was a dump in the middle of nowhere and so we shot straight ... Read more >

Tags: delhi, india, russian visas

Photos: Jodhpur

Sunday, 26 Sep 2010 | Photo Gallery

The smurf city
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Friday, 24 Sep 2010 | Views [551]

Welcome to the audio tour of Jodphur! Don't stop for chai or cheeky samosas, and ignore the taxis and rickshaw drivers offering lifts, for the Shahi Haveli have sent someone to pick you up.  Sit back and hold on tight as you enjoy your first glimpses ... Read more >


Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010 | Views [1036]

Finally no coconut trees, no rice paddies, but a new landscape entirely.  Waking up on the Jaisalmer mail and seeing desert was pretty special.  Jaisalmer is the last stop of any note before Pakistan, soldiers outnumbering people 3 to 1 in the town.... Read more >

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