Good Friday, or it might have been Ash Wednesday (it’s difficult to keep track of the days of the week up here) was the Hindu festival of Holi, famous for people throwing brightly coloured paint over each other in an ecstasy of high spirits, often aided by spirits of another nature, or indeed, by bhang; … Continue reading Holi



There was a brief period in the early 1970s when I was a football fanatic. Arsenal were playing Liverpool in the FA Cup Final and my older brother favoured Arsenal, so I became very keen on Liverpool, although at that time I had little idea were Liverpool was, other than being somewhere up north, and … Continue reading Bodging


Yesterday was Shivratri so Mama and Lakshmi made loads of special breads and gave them to the workers' families and various neighbours. At twilight we had a tight and exciting game of boules on the newly mown lawn, accompanied by several loud ooohs and aaahs. Game satisfactorily over and the kids came to the family … Continue reading Hatu