Dabangg

With Dabangg 2 being released thought I should watch number 1. Of course the biggest problem with this movie is that it has Salman Khan in it, who we all can’t stand, for both his sleazy acting style and his behaviour in real life too. So if this movie had had anyone else it would…

Kannur Calicut Cochin

Arrived very early in Kannur and walked for ages to find our hotel, the Mascot Resort. Was half expecting Basil Fawlty to appear as the hotel’s manager, such was the surreal nature of all our exchanges with the staff there. Eventually settled into a sea facing room and had a nice South Indian buffet breakfast….

Goa and the south

Arrived at Margao station and got a prepaid taxi to theAroma hotel at Panjim, where we then had to wait some time for a room as it was naother hotel with the confusing 24 hour checkins. Worth the wait as the rooms were very nice and overlooked the lovely gardens opposite. Breakfast at Cafe Coffee…

Once upon a time in Mumbai

So it’s now 2 years since we went to India and I still haven’t finished writing up my India diary. Better get cracking! Must finish it before we head off to Sri Lanka in January. So to Mumbai (though I still wish it was Bombay). Arrived at a very quiet Mumbai Central station, Caught taxis…

A free man by Aman Sethi

Sethi records his friendship with building labourer Ashraf, who lives on the street in Delhi. Ashraf is full of incredible stories, but you are never sure how true they are, and would make an interesting movie. It is certainly an interesting read, and a great insight into Delhi street life, but I just feel that…

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

It was reading this book in 1982 that really made me want to go to India. So with the release of the movie version coming up I thought it was time to re-read it 30 years later. I have always considered it my favourite book ever, and all I can say is that after reading…