Young love Indian style!

Wedding ceremonies in India generally don’t take place until the evening, so it’s not until 7 pm that we start getting ready. I sit with Guria and Shabnum, dressed in my unforgivably awful suit, while they add bangle after bangle to their already-immense collection of costume jewellery. The whole thing makes me feel rather underdressed […]

Fierce Blue Superstition

It’s sunny and gently warm when Guria and I head out together an hour later. After some iron-sweet bargaining on Guria’s part, she and a tuc-tuc driver agree on a fare approximately a third of what I would pay (even after my best haggling attempts) and we bounce and chug our way through the chaotic […]

Pre-Wedding chaos and making amends…

Alex has three older brothers, each of them living in homes one above the other and because of the spare room downstairs (that of the second-eldest), this is the home I’ve usually spent the most time in. The mum of this home, Akila, is by far the quietest and shyest of the three sisters-in-law; tiny […]

Going for a stroll… adrenaline-junkie-style!

I used to think I was being lazy in Jaipur, when hanging around for lifts or taking tuc-tucs everywhere I went. To be fair, a lot of the time I’ve been here in the brain-frying temperatures of 48 degrees celcius in which just thinking is hard-going, never mind taking a walk in the sun. But […]

My Indian family

After a day and a half hanging around the scrappy streets of Paharganj, it’s time to make a move. Today’s January 2nd and Alex’s niece Fiza is getting married on the 4th, so we’ve got to get to Jaipur. As ever, when travelling with my husband we go in style as opposed to sticking to […]

India you old tease… it’s good to be back!

We’re speeding through the dark sky, roughly somewhere over Russia, when Alex suddenly turns to me. “Oh darling, it’s midnight in India! Happy New Year!” He grins and lifts up his little plastic glass of red wine to clink mine. “Happy New Year to you too sweetheart! Cheers!” We continue munching on our surprisingly tasty […]

Yoga progress and snotty noses

As promised in my last post, I have to update you guys on my yoga progress so here it is: there isn’t much. My  ideals of getting up earlier with that water spray plan failed.  The first morning I just got out of bed, switched off the alarm and crawled straight back in again.  Doh! I did […]

My love affair with Ashtanga Yoga

Well 2015 was a bitch, no doubt!  I’m so glad and relieved to be out of it and into a sparkling new one – I have a real good feeling about 2016!  But, truth be told, that mean-ass year of 2015 made me grow in ways I never would have otherwise.  It was the year […]

Choosing Yoga over money. Everytime!

I’ve been very absent from blogging recently.  Life has gotten pretty hectic, it always does coming up to Christmas, but especially if you work in either the retail or hospitality industry.  The past two years I’ve worked in both simultaneously!  And it seems likely to be the case again this year.  But though it may […]

When India hands you lemons, just make lemonade!

There are many invaluable life-lessons I have learned over the course of this year, 2015, an incredibly tough, challenging but deeply educational and rewarding time in my young life.  One of the more prominent lessons has been that old adage: “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!” In India, more than anywhere else on earth, the […]