Bikaner

A nice breakfast on the rooftop of the Shahi Palace, and then a complimentary lift to the station from the hotel manager. Such a great hotel! Onto the train to Lalgarh, the nearest station to Bikaner, and was looking forward to reading and listening to my MP3 and of course gazing out of the window…

Jaisalmer

Had a nice sleep in and after switching to some equally lovely rooms finally headed out at 2pm to visit the famous Jaislamer fort. Started at the palace, which was a mix of the austere and the highly decorated. Used their excellent A/V guided tour. Palace had lots of great views of the town and…

Bollywood review – Mr Natwarlal

HIlarious old Bollywood movie starring Amitabh Bachchan. If only Australia could have Mr Natwarlal as Prime Minister! he gets everything done, he can sing, wrestle tigers, jump 10m up into a tree, there’s nothing he can’t do. He’d sort this country out straight away, and even throw in a song too. Mr Natwarlal swears vengeance…

Mount Abu – Jaisalmer

The next morning its a quick jeep drive down the mountain to Abu Road station, possibly the filthiest train station in India, well since the infamous Lalkuan station anyway, though that was more pollution than just mountains of rubbish like at Abu. Train was pretty much on time, had a nice 3 tier sleeper that…

Last man in tower by Aravind Adiga

Terrific novel again from Adiga. At first this seems like a Mumbai version of the film, The Castle, but as you read on it looses its quaintness and becomes more and more threatening. The ending comes as a total surprise. Adiga comments on Mumbai, and perhaps India as a whole, through a group of residents…

Bollywood review – No one killed Jessica

Based on the murder of model Jessica Lall, this is a well acted and sometimes gripping drama. Jessica was murdered by a spoilt rich dickhead son of a politician who was found not guilty following all the witnesses being threatened and other goings on. Read about the trial on Wikipedia, its even more unbelievable what…