India travel frustrations- part one

Checking out the city sights…how hards can it be?

Indian Wedding Experience- The Main Event

To my delight and relief, I was able to check in to my new hotel at 11am on the morning of the wedding.  They greeted me with a “Hello Ms Tina” as I walked in, so that was a much more promising start than the infamous Hotel Chicago. I checked in quickly, and rushed back out…

The Indian Wedding Experience- Day two!

Day two of the indian wedding was a religious ceremony for the bride’s family (and her close and most faaaabulous friends).  Three main things happened today- two fairly typical pre-wedding events, and the other a coming of age ceremony for Palak’s brother. I arrived to find a large marquee across the front lawn of Palak’s late…

One of those days

  So the wedding is over, Palak, her family and everyone I was lucky enough to have spent time with over the last week, have moved on with their travels, or gone home.  Ahmedabad suddenly felt huge, lonely and difficult to manage. In any case, I woke up around 4am on the morning after the…

Fort Madhogarth

Forth Madhogarth, Rajasthan, India, where we stayed last night.   Local children in this tiny town line up to have their photo taken. And this local shop owner proposes marriage.

Indian Wedding- Day one!

As y’all know, the reason I am in India is to attend my dear friend Palak’s wedding to Kieran, a very nice boy (even if, you know, he’s a southerner!!) Indian weddings are very much nothing like Australian ones: size, scale and glamour outranks Aussies many times over.  Palak and Kieran’s wedding went for three days-…

A random India experience

This is the story of how I met some nice folks, took a cab ride to nobody knows where or why, had an unscheduled temple visit, went to the house of a stranger, had lunch with a bride to be (not mine), got invited to her wedding and helped my new friends purchase outfits ….welcome to the…

The Boy on the Street

I stood on the street corner yesterday and took photos- mostly of the traffic (which you may have gathered is fascinating me!)  During this time many children approached me- not for money, but to ask if I would take their photos.  Most were young- under ten or so and had no inhibitions with the smallest amount of encouragement….

India TOUCHDOWN!

How is it that you can plan something for 4 months, but find yourself so frantic in the last few weeks and days before departure, that you cant comprehend that very shortly, you’ll be on a plane and in a whole and other country? Well that was me.  Somewhere along the way I’d lost sight of…

An invitation to join the India Experience

No country in the world evokes such contrasting images as India. Poverty, pollution, smell, violence, corruption, disease and humanity on an unimaginable scale, versus a mystical history, the cradle of civilisation, riches beyond measure, spirituality, forts, temples, religious icons and Bollywood. I’ve spoken to many people since deciding to go to India and reactions have been…