Month: April 2010

The glamour of going to the movies

Going to the cinema in India is a completely different experience to watching a film back in Britain. People cheer, they laugh, they boo, they wail and they applaud. Mobile phones go off and cinema goers end up having fool blown conversations. But no-one complains about these disturbances, […]

A hotel of defiance

I’m in sitting in a swish bar at the Taj Palace and Hotel in the centre of Mumbai. Peering out the window, the iconic Gateway to India is lit up. Indians, plus a few expats, gather in front of it and enjoying the warm evening. This is the […]

The slum of a thousand smiles

They are probably the dirtiest streets and alleyways that I’ve ever walked along. Filthy water pours out of small factories, goats roam free and waste is piled high. I’m just a visitor, for some people the tumbling shacks, where large families sleep cramped in small rooms, this is […]

A very British city in India

Walking around the Fort and Colaba areas of Mumbai reminds me at times of Britain’s capital, London. There’s a museum with a resemblance to London’s British Museum, the Victoria Terminus train station is modelled on St Pancras and then there are countless fenced off gardens in the centre […]