One of the things I adore in India is roadside business. Whether it is buying my daily paper, flowers for my hair or a curbside chai the feeling is always the same…pure happiness. This delight doubles when you stay in … Continue reading
One of things that I adore so much about India is the amazing things you see in such unlikely places. On my last trip to Bangalore I saw this horse and cart transporting some wooden planks. “That sounds quite normal” … Continue reading
The gorgeous city of Mysore can be found in southern Karnataka, India. When you visit Mysore make sure to include the Maharaja’s Palace on your “must see” list. This grand old building will delight and captivate you. After you finish … Continue reading
I discovered this amazing boat light at La Maison Rose in Pondicherry, India. This huge light is completely made out of recycled Indian water bottles. It makes you want to exclaim “Let there be light!”
I captured these images of some Indian “door to door” salesmen hawking their wares while in Thirumalaikodi. I just love how the young men have the glittery dresses just flung over their shoulder. These day to day images always delight … Continue reading
Nilgiri’s Supermarkets have been an institution in south India since 1905. They began as a small store chain in Ooty and Coonoor and have now grown to supermarkets in 28 cities in India. I just love going into the Bangalore store … Continue reading
My beautiful friends Edo and Jo are looking for support to make their new double album happen. Edo and Jo are filled with love and devotion and I feel very blessed to know them. The work they do for underprivileged communities, … Continue reading
“Monkeys” we all squealed in unison the first time we saw monkeys in India. “Oh they’re soooo cute” said one son. “Can we play with them?” begged the other. “Let’s just see” smiled a bemused Rahul.
Ah monkeys…they look so cute, cuddly and fun. However they can be quite the opposite as you will see from our “monkey business” in India.
It is hard to avoid monkeys in India. Every trip, no matter the state, we always see monkeys. Over the years we have had some classic encounters with them. On a trip to Thiruvannamalai my son was sitting in the temple watching some monkeys frolic from a safe distance. Suddenly a monkey ran over and tried to pull down his pants. My son leapt up in shock and the monkey ran off. “”Maybe he was thought there was a banana in there” commented my other son innocently. We all had a good chuckle.
On a trip to Puttaparthi we saw a group of monkeys grab an unsuspecting lady’s shopping bag. They all climbed up a tree where they started to investigate its contents. BANG down came the powder, BANG down came the toothpaste, CLANG down came the stainless steel bowl. However when they found the food they began to devour it with glee. The poor lady could do nothing but watch in dismay. This little episode gave us a healthy respect for monkeys and to be on the look out for them.
Years ago Padma and I got held up in our room by an old scab faced monkey looking for food. Luckily Rahul turned up in the nick of time and distracted him by throwing a banana.
Last year as Padma and I were descending from Chamundi Hill in Mysore I spied a group of monkeys. I was carrying a small plastic bag of flowers for our car dashboard shrine. Suddenly the big male monkey made a grab for my bag. I screamed and ran back up the stairs till I was around a corner. I then squashed the flowers into my small shoulder bag and collected myself. Slowly I turned and walked back down the stairs. There was the big monkey again but because I had no plastic bag this time he ignored me as I passed. Phew…the dashboard flowers were a little flattened but still smelt divine.
Yes monkeys are sweet, they are cheeky and we love them. However take my advice and “watch the monkey” as he may be cute but he is also looking to separate you from your lunch!
This photo was taken at night on the way to the temple at Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu, India. Taking the photo while standing in the queue, in hungry anticipation, gives an unusual POV of the tasty snack.
I have been travelling to India for many years but I remember, like it was yesterday, my first trip to India. My mother, Padma, had visited India over twenty times so I was fascinated to see what the attraction for … Continue reading