Safe return from India

Here are a last few pictures from India:  posted  as I return to daily life at home, visiting my mother and grandchildren,  running the washing machine full tilt, backing up … Continue Reading →


The jewel of Gujarat

The guide books suggest that if you only see one temple in this state then it must be The Sun Temple at Modhera, eleventh century treasure of the Solanki Kingdom. … Continue Reading →


City of Life

If there were a World Heritage category for filth and squalor then Varanasi, also known as Benares or Kashi (City of Life) would be the hands down winner. This city … Continue Reading →


The Archaeological Survey of India

I was not expecting a great deal of the State of Bihar which, but for the Buddhist town of Bodgaya, merits only the slimmest of sections in most Indian guide … Continue Reading →


The Tree of Enlightenment

Bodhgaya is a small town in the State of Bihar, an uncomfortable four hours by train West of Kalcutta. This is the place of origin of the Buddhist religion where … Continue Reading →


An unexpected treat

The first thing that Rakah did after picking me up from my Kolcatta Hotel was to take me to visit the Khan family. It was a social call and so … Continue Reading →