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  • Spring is sprung. I wish the mattress was!===It’s obvious, sitting in the early morning sunshine on the balcony of my hotel room, that Spring is on its way to Jaipur.=== A pretty little Laughing Dove, twig in beak, keeps flying within inches of where I’m sitting and Posted by Keep Smiling in What? Rajasthan yet again?! | Sep 19, 2019
  • The ceremonies were over too soon - as was my visit to India===The deafening din of two-handed drumming and the beating of stick on pan-like cymbal will forever remind me of Indian marriages. At the beginning and end of every ceremony - and, it seemed, at random intervals during every one of them Posted by Keep Smiling in A Magnificent Rajasthani Marriage | Jan 15, 2019
  • The next big day===Fortunately, after last night’s celebrations, we were able to have a lie-in but, by eleven o’clock, Pintu was already well on his way to wearing another smart costume and was having a new turban tied. Today, he wore a cream-coloured Posted by Keep Smiling in A Magnificent Rajasthani Marriage | Jan 15, 2019
  • The big day===I was showered, dressed and ready to leave the Maharani Bagh before 7.45a.m., the time Khuman and I had agreed the night before for our departure to Jaipur. He was to be one of my travelling companions for the long, Posted by Keep Smiling in A Magnificent Rajasthani Marriage | Jan 15, 2019
  • It’s all happening!===Today seemed to involve constant rides from the Maharani Bagh to the Hotel Shilpi and back again. The first was a false start as, when I reached the Hotel Shilpi, the 9.30a.m. ceremony had already been postponed until 12.30p.m.!=== When I Posted by Keep Smiling in A Magnificent Rajasthani Marriage | Jan 12, 2019
  • The family and guests begin to arrive===Pintu’s family started to arrive yesterday and today, with aunts, uncles, cousins, husbands and wives journeying from all over Rajasthan and Gujarat. All of them had to be welcomed and accommodated; the time and expense involved is massive.=== Posted by Keep Smiling in A Magnificent Rajasthani Marriage | Jan 11, 2019
  • Holi at Maharani Bagh===Fortunately, last evening’s hospitality ended in time for me to have a few hours’ sleep before one of the hotel’s faithful retainers, in khaki uniform and army-style maroon beret, knocked at my door shortly after four o’clock. He saluted, placed Posted by Keep Smiling in A Magnificent Rajasthani Marriage | Jan 10, 2019
  • The first ceremony - of many!===Yesterday afternoon, my currently-single friend Pintu arrived unexpectedly early at the Aashiya Haveli. It was only to say he still had some shopping to do for his marriage clothes and would be back later. It was a brief but very Posted by Keep Smiling in A Magnificent Rajasthani Marriage | Jan 10, 2019
  • A special occasion on the horizon===The young Indian sitting opposite me, smartly dressed in suit and tie, was reading The Bible. The older man to my right, with very dark skin and stubble to match, was dressed in a grubby t-shirt and jeans and was Posted by Keep Smiling in A Magnificent Rajasthani Marriage | Jan 10, 2019
  • YooHoo Juhu! ByeBye India!===I have a theory that taxi drivers here in Mumbai are unlike other human beings. They have four pairs of eyes: one pair on either side of their heads, another pair at the back, and a fourth pair where other Posted by Keep Smiling in Our South India Adventure | Dec 22, 2018
  • Backwaters boating===How can I best describe our experience here on Kerala’s backwaters? Umm, well, it’s rather like a cross between a luxury cruise on the Nile and a pleasure boat on the Norfolk Broads. For readers who’ve never done either, perhaps Posted by Keep Smiling in Our South India Adventure | Dec 22, 2018
  • Special tea, and fish and chips at the top of a coconut tree===It rained almost non-stop during our 3½ hour journey from Kanyakumari, but it eased shortly before we reached Varkala. Little did we know that this was merely a lull before the storm! Having struggled to find a way by road Posted by Keep Smiling in Our South India Adventure | Dec 22, 2018
  • I want to look like a cricket bat...===The breakfast buffet at the GRT Regency in Madurai was one of the best I’ve ever seen - fresh pineapple juice, freshly-sliced papaya and pineapple, cereals, toast, cakes, croissants and chocolate-covered doughnuts, Indian foods of almost every type - f Posted by Keep Smiling in Our South India Adventure | Dec 22, 2018
  • Mad Madurai===The Kerala-Tamil Nadu border was just a few kilometres away and, after writing our names and addresses in duplicate on a piece of paper and paying a Rs250 interstate tax, we were allowed through the barrier. We drove, past the huge Posted by Keep Smiling in Our South India Adventure | Dec 22, 2018
  • Pouring in Periyar===Monday’s journey from Munnar took us first to the internet café in the town to upload my latest blog and to check e-mail, then onto a winding road through the tea plantations. The weather was fine at first - we Posted by Keep Smiling in Our South India Adventure | Dec 22, 2018
  • A delicious cuppa and a risky one!===The patter of raindrops on Hornbill’s thatched roof, the croaking of a thousand frogs and the growing stuffiness in the tent caused by a lack of electricity to power our overhead fan woke us up before 7.00a.m. As night turned Posted by Keep Smiling in Our South India Adventure | Dec 22, 2018
  • This place is a secret===Our driver, with his air-conditioned Tata Indigo car, arrived promptly at 9.00a.m. We’d already had another enjoyable breakfast on the terrace at the Fort House Hotel and paid our bill, so left straight away for our 100kms drive to Thattekkad. Posted by Keep Smiling in Our South India Adventure | Dec 22, 2018
  • Fortunate Kochi===An on-time Jet Konnect flight took us south in around 1½ hours to Kochi (formerly Cochin), where a pre-arranged taxi from the Fort House Hotel awaited us. It took almost as long to travel by road from the airport to Posted by Keep Smiling in Our South India Adventure | Dec 22, 2018
  • Mumbai's extremes===If you saw “Slumdog Millionaire” and watched the recent terrorist drama unfold here in Mumbai, you’ll have already seen where we spent this Sunday. As we sipped our 500 Rupee (GBP6.50) beers at the luxurious Taj Mahal Hotel on Colaba’s Posted by Keep Smiling in Our South India Adventure | Dec 22, 2018
  • India - again?===I've been trying to work out exactly when I first travelled to India and how many times I've been back - and why?!=== My research took me back to my old passports (the Passport Office used to be quite happy Posted by Keep Smiling in Our South India Adventure | Dec 22, 2018
  • On the way home===Friday the 13th. The superstitious probably wouldn't have gone anywhere today, but I had to be back in the UK this weekend so, with some reluctance, we had to leave the pleasures of the beach for the city of Mumbai Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Firsts | Dec 18, 2018
  • Lazy days===Goa is an ideal place to just chill out. Once you've seen Old Goa with its reminders of past Portugese rule, there's really only the beach - at least that's the case here at Bambolim. At some of the bigger Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Firsts | Dec 18, 2018
  • More firsts for Pintu===We took a taxi from Mumbai Central to the domestic airport, about an hour away. Despite the wasted time at the station, we were now well ahead of schedule and changed our bookings to an earlier Jet Airways' flight. This Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Firsts | Dec 18, 2018
  • A first for Pintu[float=right] [sup]Jai Singh - Our driver with eight eyes and a spotless Tata Indica[/sup][/float] [i]I’d hoped to update my blog this morning but, just as we arrived at the Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Firsts | Dec 18, 2018
  • In search of the elusive Blue Bull===Now where did I get to? Oh yes, we'd arrived to a very warm welcome at the Maharani Bagh Orchard Retreat. === Perhaps I should first tell you a bit about this hotel. It's located near Ranakpur, a famous Jain pilgrimage site, Posted by Keep Smiling in Pintu's Firsts | Dec 18, 2018
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