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
The café bombo at Le Café in Pondicherry will dazzle your tastebuds with its layers of coffee, condensed milk and froth. Don’t miss Le Café…it is a Pondicherry institution and the wonderful views over the Bay of Bengal come a … Continue reading
When I am teaching at the Sri Narayani Vidyalaya School in India I am surrounded by smiles and happiness every day. Smiling is contagious…just try it today. Let us have a go at making smiling and happiness a habit and … Continue reading
I heard some fabulous lines from a beautiful film about India called The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The words really resonated with me and my love for India. I hope you don’t mind me sharing them with you… “How can … Continue reading
With silver anklets, big enough to fit around my waist, jingling on each of her four perfect feet you will hear Lakshmi coming before you see her. As she sways gently down Rue Manakkula Vinayakar Covil everyone is delighted to see her. Lakshmi is, of course, the resident temple elephant at the Manakkula Vinayakar Temple in Pondicherry.
Each afternoon at around 5pm Lakshmi can be found out the front of the temple. For a few rupees you can receive a special blessing from her. You stand in front of her and pass your rupees to her minder. Lakshmi will then bless you by, ever so gently, placing her trunk on your head. It is truly one of the most special experiences in India and I never tire of this magical touch.
Silver anklets jingling, a glint in your eye, a softness in your steps and a giving heart…Lakshmi we love you!
I captured this moment in Pondicherry at night a few weeks ago. The (what looks like) headless man looking out over the Bay of Bengal gives quite an eerie effect!
I love chatting to the stall holders in the Thirumalaikodi market. They will chat animatedly with lots of smiles and laughter. Often they will smile and say “Please take photo madam”. I take their photo and then when I return … Continue reading