Bangalore – Behind the Neon

You do not need to visit the deserts, plains or Western Ghats to see the full romance and diversity of India. Sometime you can take just as great a journey by seeking not the wide empty spaces, but those inner spaces, the narrow streets and alleyways of the urban scene. Kaveri is away. She is … Continue reading

Pressure Cookers and Elvis Presley

Evoking the sights, sounds and smells of India has always caused me anxiety, because as soon as I begin to describe the cocktail of piss and incense, the rattle of rickshaws or the man with the cart sky high with colourful plastic pots, I get the creeping sense of cliche that takes every sensual epiphany … Continue reading

Brighton Craniosacral Therapy

Thanks a lot to Andy Cleave, from Brighton Craniosacral Therapy.

Great Encounters with Indian Bureaucracy: Phone and Internet (Part 3)

But, to be honest, despite all the adventures, my work was suffering. And Airtel were no nearer to fixing the connection. Finally, we heard from Airtel that their service was not currently available in our building. This news was delivered with an emphaticness matched only by their earlier assurances that the Internet connection would be … Continue reading

Great Encounters with Indian Bureaucracy: Phone and Internet (Part 2)

The funny thing is, when I wasn’t telling Kaveri about how incompetent her fellow countrymen and women were, I was having a wonderful time. And, I have to admit, this was partly down to our lack of phone and internet connection. Every day I hurried down the beautifully landscaped gardens of our apartment complex and … Continue reading

Great Encounters with Indian Bureaucracy: Phone and Internet (Part 1)

I spent much of my first four weeks in India telecommuting from an internet cafe in a tatty district of Frazer Town, Bangalore. And often next to young men who had a great enthusiasm for pornography. It was all on account of my first encounter with Indian bureaucracy: namely my attempt to get an internet … Continue reading