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Photos: 3 temples and 477 km's in one day

INDIA | Monday, 10 Dec 2012 | Photo Gallery

beautiful detailed friezes in all 3 temples
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government v's private schools

INDIA | Wednesday, 5 Dec 2012 | Views [307]

Context - India is worried that it's economic growth rate fell this quarter from 5.9% to 5.3% ( UK is about 0.02%). It is a so called powerhouse of industry. It might have something to do with low wages. A female garment worker gets  paid on average ... Read more >

Photos: riotous wedding

INDIA | Saturday, 24 Nov 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Nice short post!

INDIA | Friday, 23 Nov 2012 | Views [229] | Comments [1]

Just read in the paper that car manufactureers have to make special car horns for India. Audi  boss said " take a European horn and it will be gone in a week or 2. In India we do on a daily basis what a German does in a year". I rest my case!!!! ... Read more >

Photos: Tipu Sultan's Palace Bangalore

INDIA | Friday, 23 Nov 2012 | Photo Gallery

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words for the wise

INDIA | Friday, 16 Nov 2012 | Views [234]

If you should ever have reason to walk in any street in Bangalore, 'quiet' suburb or busy city centre, I suggest you listen to your Ipod/Iphone/ other brands are available music. Yes you may die a little sooner ( but not necessarily because horns don't ... Read more >


INDIA | Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012 | Views [399]

I have never been in a war zone  and am probably insulting anyone who has but these last 4 days I have experienced the rapid gun fire sound from 6.30 in the morning untill 11pm ( promptly, everything stops at 11 here). They must be relatively cheap ... Read more >


INDIA | Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012 | Views [317]

Garbage collector- not a clue how to pronounce it. Too many consonants but a good score for scrabble surely ! Anyway if you are not into recycling log off and get back to work (or re read the one about flip flops. I want one of my entries to get 100 ... Read more >

Photos: Being stared at, rubbish and Diwali

INDIA | Sunday, 11 Nov 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Being stared at- grrrh

INDIA | Sunday, 4 Nov 2012 | Views [267]

Not since I was in primary school and adults used to stare at me then say things to me about my blue eyes ( too self conscious to see it as a compliment, just squirmed with embarassment)  have I been so stared at. Admittedly I am the only white ... Read more >

Photos: chats and other foods

INDIA | Sunday, 4 Nov 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Oota, Idlis, Masala Dosa and the rest

INDIA | Sunday, 4 Nov 2012 | Views [297]

Food , spongy fermented rice cake,  lentil flour pancake filled with potato masala( gorgeous). There are so many adverts on tv and billboards talking about diabetes, heart attacks and obesity. I had previously thought that Indian food was healthy ... Read more >

Cultural nuances - jumbled thoughts that need revising

INDIA | Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | Views [662]

Ok so I have been here for 6 weeks and have spent more  of that time critically evaluating Indian cultural norms than I have ever spent examining Scottish or British cultural norms. So this entry is probably prejudiced or just rubbish. And the ones ... Read more >

Photos: Mysore Desara

INDIA | Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Mysore Dasara here I come

INDIA | Sunday, 21 Oct 2012 | Views [301]

To my shame I have been told what the Dasara festival is at least 4 times and have forgotten. It is one of the many Hindu festivals and you can all google it ( as I will again later!) So, another chapter of my wee adventure began this morning at a ... Read more >

"To say no twice means yes!"

INDIA | Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | Views [327]

Bear with me, this story does have a point even though  I do ramble and go off the point lots!!! I am lucky to be living in rooms above my landlady and her family. Lucky because I am getting an insight into the 'normal'  family life and ... Read more >

Photos: Bannerghatta National Park

INDIA | Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Things that can be carried on a moped ( part 1)

INDIA | Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | Views [351]

Again no need to use my skills of embellishment. No need. My only dissapointment is that they zoom past so quickly I can't get photos of them. So - driver and 5ft square mirror -driver and passenger holding aloft a 6ft wide arched fence panel ... Read more >

Yes? No? Maybe??

INDIA | Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | Views [319]

Something that is hard to get my head round ( but am working on it) is when people ( not everyone and it might only be until someone gets to know you) nod to say "yes" in response to some questions or requests from me. There is a politnensss of not wanting ... Read more >

Sunday strolling

INDIA | Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | Views [304]

Word to the wise- don't go for a stroll in the parks of Bangalore on a sunday when you are feeling a wee bit homesick! On one level it was lovely to see so many families playing "shuttlecock" and setting down huge picnics ( forget about a few wee ... Read more >

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