Journey to Fitness

I used to practice just Ashtanga yoga and do little other form of exercise. I thought the intensive yoga each morning was enough, and there’s no doubt that it’s a very healthy thing to move and stretch and strengthen the body with Ashtanga yoga. But it’s not a complete form of exercise because it’s not […]

The 5 lessons I learned on my break from Ashtanga yoga.

I recently had to take a break of nearly six months off my daily Ashtanga yoga practice due to a mild yet recurring hamstring issue. Having been a strict and devout Ashtangi for a year (meaning 6-mornings-a-week practicing the same sequence by myself, day in, day out) this official break felt wrong and weird, likeΒ I […]

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 […]

Why I’m Vegetarian

I believe the violence and suffering involved in the meat industry is quite horrific and utterly unnecessary. Too many times I have seen documentaries and video footage of the appalling treatment of live animals within animal farms and it literally makes me sick to my stomach. I cannot support this kind of cruelty when there […]

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 […]

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 […]