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Tourist not Terrorist
March 6, 2012
The last time I used this phrase was in 2002 when the Indian-Pakistan border was flaring again and Stealth bombers vied with the local crows for dominance of the bleached

The Colours of Life
February 1, 2012
Colours speak they shout they sing for themselves and for all who care to see.         Fifty thousand images in my iPhoto library and still counting, still

A Community by any Other Name
January 10, 2012
I missed the first screening of Kevin McLeod picking his way through Dharavi – the community thrust into the limelight by ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. I did not see it because I

In the Zone
December 31, 2011
That’s where I was told I was while in my local bank last week when the computer system was down and pre Christmas nerves were frayed. Agitation all around so

Jigsaws, Juggling and Journeys
November 2, 2011
Long before India appeared on my horizon I lived for a time in a small rural town perched on a plateau and overlooking mist filled valleys where mythical creatures lurked

Radio Silence
September 30, 2011
Not at the poles when the aurora dances (as it is right now over New Zealand) but in India’s ionosphere of communication. Something was certainly scrambled in her IT system

Parallel Lanes
September 12, 2011
Last weekend we drove to Newcastle – not to carry coals – that is elsewhere on the planet. This Newcastle, for those of you not familiar with Australian geography, is

Art by any other Name
September 4, 2011
Ishan Khosla’s post ‘What’s in a Name’ (see raises a theme that has long been bandied about in the art/design/craft world. When my earlier world in NZ was divided

While we Remember
September 4, 2011
The downside of being unwell is the sudden lack of activity, the lull in communication, the interruption to routine and a certain boredom that sets in after a couple of

A Chair for all Occasions
August 23, 2011
I did not leave for Ahmedabad at 8am today as planned, instead I am languishing, drinking thyme tea – as Liane recommends – and generally giving myself the ‘thumbs up’