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Peace flower

Tangy shades of tangerine were threaded by hand and left swinging above the Temple doorway. Across the grey waters of the Ganges, the saffron dust of petals dipped beneath the ripples and through the sloshy wet backstreets, crushed flowers lay with the memory of the early morning prayers. I was bought from a market and... Continue Reading →

Jai ho Jaipur!

If you were only going to visit one city in India outside of Delhi, it would have to be Jaipur. Really, for a westerner leaving the corporate world behind for a visit to the Far East why would you go anywhere else. It's an eclectic mix of any big cities’ social scene and all the... Continue Reading →

The 100 foot journey

It always feels like a triumph when I check my steps on the iPhone at the end of the day and I’ve clocked the 6,000+ mark. It signals a fairly on-the-go kind of day, not a day pacing at the gym but enough to know it’s been a full one. Though in retrospect, there are... Continue Reading →

Coffee and Culture in Champa Gali

The tight laneways of Saket in South Delhi, lined with sauntering cows and haphazard roadside fruit carts, are an unlikely gateway to one of the city’s best-kept secrets. But walk a little further into the village of Saidulajab and you’ll find yourself in a Parisian-style passageway complete with design studio, tea rooms, cafes and laneway seating. Don’t be surprised if... Continue Reading →

The last village standing

Landlocked and time-bound, if the traditions of Mangar have stood still, the village has preserved them well. Nestled among the forest grove, there’s a quaint jewellery museum showcasing beautiful tribal jewellery from all over India. What makes the secret all the more charming are the tiny little drawers that the jewellery is kept in, and... Continue Reading →

The insider’s guide to exploring Sydney

Aussie’s love their great outdoors; the warm clear sunshine, the sand, surf and sea of the bounteous coastline that uniquely rubs shoulders with one of the worlds most cosmopolitan cities. Though the centre of Sydney is a thriving financial CBD, the real heart of the city is its expansive blue Harbour. It was because of... Continue Reading →

Holi, the festival of happiness

You know it's Springtime in India because the weather becomes warmer, literally overnight and Holi, the vibrant festival of colour begins. You don't have to spend Holi in India to know what's it's all about, just watch any Bollywood movie where rainbow powder and paint is thrown everywhere and on everyone. Cue a smoothly spontaneous... Continue Reading →

One village, one thousand cultures: the worlds most spectacular craft fair

Standing face to face with a smiling Maasai women wearing colourful beads coiled around her neck is not a sight you might expect to see in Delhi. Nor the cross-legged snake charmers seated on the dusty ground and wearing saffron and crimson turbans. As the lilting blend of music rises in the air and the... Continue Reading →

Why writing a gratitude list is so important

There's really nothing like that first sip of tea in the morning. I love that last gulp of sweetness before I surrender to the day. This morning it was in a takeaway paper cup on a crowded train, but I loved it anyway. In a week crammed with the responsibility of school activities, work and... Continue Reading →

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