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Sugar And The Royals

Sugar And The Royals

I came across a scribbled note while cleaning out my office yesterday that reminded me of one of the inspirations for the character of Sugar in The Wedding Bees. I was sitting up in the early hours of the morning at The Vendue Inn in Charleston and as the Ginger snored loudly in the bed, I was glued to the television, sobbing as I watched Kate Middleton transform into Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Now there's a fairytale if ever there was one.  But it was not the lacy detail of Kate's d...
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Happy New Year to You

Happy New Year to You

So far, 2014, I love you. The weather at my end of the world has been gorgeous, the husband's remained a lovely person to hang out with, even the dog has not embarrassed himself or us with those sharp little teeth of his. I have a book coming out in the US on January 28 - The Wedding Bees, FINALLY - and I have a little non-fiction something special coming your way if you happen to be Down Under in April too. I hope to go to Vietnam this year and Turkey too, with a little bit of Paris thrown in f...
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Paris, je t'aime

Paris, je t'aime

It could hardly be said I took the short route to Paris coming as I did via Sydney, Honolulu, Kauai, LA and London. This may explain why I was wide awake at 4am this morning. After reading for a couple of hours (Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings, loving it) I decided to get up and go discover Paris before anyone else did. Last year when I was here I was staying in Montmartre but this year I am across the river in the 6th, just a single block from the Seine and another one from Notre ...
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Sad Face

The bad news is that I have been an extremely poor bloggist for the past couple of months. The good news is that I have almost finished the first draft of a new book. I wrote it by mistake - it has literally flown out of my fingers which has never happened before. It's called Heavenly Hirani's School of Laughing Yoga and it's set in Mumbai. Don't get too excited, The Wedding Bees took about seven drafts before it was fit for human consumption but the point is that I have not been lying in my ...
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Sheep, Wolves, Goats, Chickens...

Sheep, Wolves, Goats, Chickens...

Well, it had to end some time, the shame was that after 30 days my Indian visa had expired but my desire to be there had not! As a law-abiding citizen, however, I vacated Mumbai with only a couple of hours officially left. The last few days were a whirlwind of trying to visit everything on my list, and re-visit a few as well. I managed it, I think, and right to the bitter end this crazy, colourful, incredible city challenged my perceptions  My last morning, I jumped in a cab and we...
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Just Taxi

Just Taxi

I’m having quite the opposite experience in Mumbai to my beloved. He’s here working long dusty hours on a film and I’m here sightseeing and having a lovely time. There’s a strike on that’s making his life a misery – all the small retail shops are shut because owners don’t want a new tax that’s coming in so the Ginger can’t buy any of the things he needs for his sets. But for me it means the streets are empty so it’s easier to g...
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