This year is supposed to be a big one for me - 2017. Turning 60 in the year of the Rooster (my year) in Chinese Horoscope or the year of the Fire Bird in the Tibetan calendar. Whichever you believe, it is still predicted to be a year to remember. To use an old clique…Read more My Rooster Year
We are sitting in the Taj in Mumbai, sipping champagne, waiting for the time for high tea, playing ladies when one of the women said, where are all the women? Looking around I wondered what she was talking about. I didn’t see any women in the room or had not been in touch with…Read more Where are all the women?
The sun is high in the sky, the hall is darkened, the drums are beating and I am tapping my feet to the music. It is good dance music. I am suddenly pulled from my seat close to the stage. There are smiling young faces everywhere, happy, twirling to the music. South India music, with…Read more Dancing while the Sun is up
McLeod Ganj is a small town perched on ridge just below the Dhaladhur Range which forms the Indian Himalayas. It is a very special place for many reasons, the major one being it is the home base of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the epicenter of the Tibetan refugee community. It has also been the hub of foreign tourists wanting to experience the magic of being…Read more Monsoon in McLeod Ganj – the home of the Dalai Lama
Summer in the Himalayas is a time to be outdoors. It is full of natural wonders - colourful birds making many wonderful sounds, wheat ripening, local kids playing outdoors till the sun goes down and of local Gaddi shepherds watching their goats and sheep feed on the edges of mountains. It is also full of…Read more Himalayan Iris
I am sitting on a comfy couch in Australia watching “The World’s Most Dangerous Roads” on TV. The TV screen is showing graphic images of very narrow roads with sheer drops to the sides, of crazy drivers weaving in and out in their little cars overtaking huge trucks on these very narrow roads. I recognize the scenery…Read more The World’s Most Dangerous Road
Food plays a big part in my life. Some people live to eat, others eat to live. I am the former. I used to dream about opening a restaurant while sitting in my boring office job back in Australia. I looked for a couple of years for the right place to open in hometown but…Read more A dream with pitfalls