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 […]