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And Now, For My Next Trick...

And Now, For My Next Trick...

Now that I am off cloud 9 after my visit to the Taj Mahal, I can think once more about a place I visited the day before – Fatehpur Sikri. Try spell-checking that baby! Both these wonderful places are in Agra and if the Taj didn’t hog all the limelight, Fatehpur Sikri would be much more famous. If it was a person, it would be the jaw-dropping redhead soon unbelievably overshadowed by the birth of a glamorous blonde younger sister. In real life, Fatehpur would cut the backs out o...
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Tears on the Cheeks of History

Tears on the Cheeks of History

At the end of 2010 I wrote a travel story detailing hot spots on my Bucket List. The Taj Mahal was at the top of the list although I doubted I would ever get there. Yesterday I did. All I can say is that the pictures of this incredible monument don’t even begin to do it justice. I’ve seen a hundred of them and you can tell it’s magnificent but I guess I always figured there was a bit of Photoshop involved or that the real thing was not quite so spiffing. You know, like there would be a bad ...
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What's Hot Right Now in Delhi

What's Hot Right Now in Delhi

I’m now in Delhi, a 1 hour 45 minute flight away from Mumbai – it’s really green! Who knew? Yesterday was a full-on day of sightseeing which I had organised for myself as the Ginger is off doing work things which would be boring for me to be in on and anyway I’m not invited. Now, as a cling-on I have no say in the hotel situation and the Maurya in Delhi is very nice but it’s not a patch on the Taj Lands End in Mumbai. They may never get me out of that place! I seriously consider it “home...
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Taxi! Bus! Train! Train! Taxi!

Taxi! Bus! Train! Train! Taxi!

When I wrote radio news bulletins years ago, and had to get up at 5am to do it, I used to marvel at the number of bush crashes in India. One day, being a trifle facetious, I wrote a news story about how on this particular day I could find absolutely NO evidence of there being a single bus crash reported anywhere on the continent. The real journalists told me off for taking the mickey and some months afterwards one of them wrote to me to say she had been in a bus crash in India and they were no...
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Talk about LAUGH

Talk about LAUGH

Much as I loved my Senior Citizens yoga the other morning, I was still keen to check out the Laughing variety so this morning I once more got up with the crows (the even earlier crows) and headed for South Mumbai’s Chowpatty Beach. Unfortunately I left my phone behind and my map and forgot to find out exactly where on Chowpatty Beach the yoga was taking place so it wasn’t my cleverest morning ever. What can I say? My brain just doesn’t work that sharply at 6am. I clomped up and down the san...
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Good-bye Comfort Zone, Hello Dharavi!

Good-bye Comfort Zone, Hello Dharavi!

As much as one is capable of spending one’s entire life in a lovely hotel, when there’s a great big bustling world out the door that’s so unbelievably different from the one at home, it’s a crime not to dive into it. Today I did a guided tour of Mumbai’s Dharavi slum. My friends, the Ginger included, seemed a bit perplexed as to why I would want to but yesterday I only ventured out of the hotel to do Senior Citizen yoga and go out to a nice restaurant for dinner. The rest of the time I was...
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