Pondicherry, India

We arrived during the Ganesha Festival and enjoyed every bit of it!! Blessed by the Ganesh Temple Elephant, Laksmi. She is not allowed into Pondicherry anymore for security reasons. Incidents with elephants are quite common in India when these rebel against their “master”.

Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Mahabalipuram (Mahabs, Mama or Mamapuram for the locals) is a tourist hotspot… with good reason! It is a wonderful fishing village by the sea, where you can actually swim! But do prefer one piece swimming suits if possible, and sunbathing is not recommended, it is not dangerous to do so, but uncomfortable for the sunbather……

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Jodhpur is a city in the Thar Desert of the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan. Its 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort is a former palace that’s now a museum, displaying weapons, paintings and elaborate royal palanquins (sedan chairs). Set on on a rocky outcrop, the fort overlooks the walled city, where many buildings are painted the city’s…

Auroville, India

Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity. The Auroville Symbol: The dot at the centre represents Unity, the Supreme; the inner circle…

Fishing in Madras

On Sunday, we went to visit the Kasimedu fish market in the north of Chennai. As usual it is an intricate mix of colours, smells and sounds, all of which I cannot portray with my photography, but here are some images. Thank you.

Traditional Textile Art: Bandhani

Tie and Dye Traditional Textile Art Many different cultures accross the world have used tie and dye techniques for treating textiles for many centuries, and even thousands of years. Over the next articles, I will take you through some of the ancestral techniques used in Asia (Japan, India, Thailand), Africa and maybe even Latin America…

A traveler’s guide to packing lightly

… Of course, what you pack will depend on where you go, for how long, and what your activities will be ! This guide divided in two sections: the planning of your backpack according to your destination and such; and then what an actual ideal backpack should contain. If you have any suggestions please let…

Indian Food and a Malai Kofta recipe

The best you ever had. Indian food MADE IN INDIA. All will agree, Indian food is fantastic. The colours, the tastes, the variety ! Indian Spices Watch ‘A Hundred Foot Journey‘ and you will start to understand how important spices are. And chilly is only one of them ! There are so many spices that…

Indian Street Food

Hi everyone ! I am sorry I have been extremelly busy with a new job and a “writer’s block” but I do hope to publish some articles soon about my 2015 trip to India !! So stay in tune 🙂 Indian Street Food My advice to felllow travellers going to India would be to avoid street food…

Mumbai to Udaipur and a Gujarati Meal

On our way to Udaipur, we got lucky. Our neighbours were from Gujarat and, seeing that we had not brought our own food, they decided to share theirs with us. Gujarat is a well known state in India for its food and I would like to conqur ! With us they shared: Thepla, a special…