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Overnight to Jodhpur – Fi enters the Bull Ring.

Not much happens quickly in India. You must get used to it and build in some extra time. Just as we were leaving New Delhi we discovered that our e-ticket for the overnight train to Jodhpur didn’t specify from which station we should leave. New Delhi has two stations, helpfully labelled Old and New, some… Continue reading Overnight to Jodhpur – Fi enters the Bull Ring.

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Rajasthan Tales; by way of introduction

Way back in 2008 you will recall the world almost came to a standstill. The banks had been rolling around in the trough, gorged themselves, and the rest is well recorded. Mrs.Monkey was a casualty of the banking crisis and finding herself jobless decided that now was the time, in her late 30’s, to take… Continue reading Rajasthan Tales; by way of introduction

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What’s in a name ? Just about everything it seems

I’m always intrigued by the names that rock bands call themselves. There’s the “Trying to be clever” name – The The- Everything Everything (sorry guys, you’re gonna come unstuck Googling this). Then there’s the creative clever name – Everything but the Girl – My Morning Jacket. There are those names that are just good fun… Continue reading What’s in a name ? Just about everything it seems

The Cork Board, World Music

World Music Adventures #5: Why this Kolaveri di

One of my blogging buddies in India, Rajiv, posted this recently to his site. I just love it for what it is  - a great sing along song - and in Tamil and English. How cool is that? This will get you noticed. The meaning of the song is from http://www.indicine.com/movies/bollywood/kolaveri-di-meaning/   and is ... for… Continue reading World Music Adventures #5: Why this Kolaveri di

Photography, The Cork Board

Shoot, shoot, shoot………….edit like Hell.

Apparently there is a "pretty gene" within the gene pool of the people of Kerala which makes the men handsome and the women beautiful. I don't know whether this is true or not. This beautiful lady runs a shop in a beach side town in Kerala. I asked if she minded if I took her picture… Continue reading Shoot, shoot, shoot………….edit like Hell.

Life's little lessons, The Cork Board

The inspiration of Saravan and Nirmula…

Over the weekend we had more news from our friends in India. A little background will put this in to context. Saravan and Nirmula live with their two children in a rural village called B. Kothakotha in Andhra Pradesh. It's a large village, you'd hardly call it a town but it is becoming the economic… Continue reading The inspiration of Saravan and Nirmula…