Category: india

Solo Female Travel in India – A Response to ‘India: the Story You Never Wanted to Hear’ 7

Solo Female Travel in India – A Response to ‘India: the Story You Never Wanted to Hear’

Seeing the wondrous Taj Mahal rise up out of the early morning mist; being completely entranced by Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort and its Hall of Mirrors; sitting on the floor of a woman’s home, learning...

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Temples and Thalis in Tamil Nadu, India

This article was first published on Times of Malta on 28th July 2013.   On Temples and Thalis in Tamil Nadu, India Cymbals clashed, bells pealed, drums thumped – a wild cacophony of sound...

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How India Made Me A Feminist

As a woman, I have been the butt of jokes and derogatory comments on many an occasion; I have been belittled and objectified. As a result, I have been made angry; I have spoken...

Is India Unsafe for Women to Travel Alone? 3

Is India Unsafe for Women to Travel Alone?

Here’s a piece I wrote for The Sunday Times last week about whether or not it is unsafe to travel India as a solo female. One Woman and India The issue of sexual violence...

Solo in India: Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) Dance Festival 1

Solo in India: Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) Dance Festival

I can’t really claim to have planned out my ten weeks in India very well. I had a rough route in mind – down along the south-west coast, then up long the south-east …...

Solo in India: Christmas in Kochi, Kerala 2

Solo in India: Christmas in Kochi, Kerala

I’m a big fan of Christmas. I love the family traditions: Making mince pies a few weeks in advance, decorating the tree to the sound of a scratchy old Perry Como record, watching A Muppet...

Goodbye, India! 0

Goodbye, India!

About five months ago I set out on a journey. The plan was to see some of Africa, India and South-East Asia. Well here I am, with Africa and India behind me, and a...

Solo in India: South Goa – The Place Where Homesickness Kicked In 1

Solo in India: South Goa – The Place Where Homesickness Kicked In

South Goa shall forever remain ingrained in my memory as The Place Where Homesickness Kicked In. It was bound to happen, given the following: The Way I Arrived Night buses: I hate them. There...

Solo in India: Shit Happens in Hampi 1

Solo in India: Shit Happens in Hampi

They can be white all over, dotted with little brown patches or even an almost-ginger colour. Some have knobbly humps on their necks, others are so skinny you can see through to the other...

Solo in India: North Goa 1

Solo in India: North Goa

Initially I had wanted to get the overnight train to Goa but due to it being nigh on impossible to make a reservation at such short notice (or my failure to understand how the...