Celebrating the First Trimester of Pregnancy 21

An enchanting aspect of Indian life is the marking of important milestones with traditions, rituals and celebrations. Completing the first trimester of my pregnancy was one of the special milestones we celebrated, a special milestone in pregnancy all over the world. The morning sickness is fading, you’ve had an ultrasound and you can […]

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How to Make a British Cup of Tea 24

Brits and Indians are famous for their love of tea, it’s something we have in common, but the taste of a cuppa and a chai are worlds apart. I love Indian chai but one of the things I missed so much when I moved to India was a nice British cup of tea. Obviously, you […]


We’re Pregnant! 133

We are thrilled to announce that there will be a small Mokasdar arriving this May! This is such an exciting and special time for us all, including Alfonso who is wondering why my belly has become so round! It’s really hard to put into words how happy I am to be carrying […]

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Alfonso’s Makar Sankranti 11

It’s Makar Sankranti (the kite festival) in a couple of days and kites are starting to take over the skies, attached to children taking over the streets. Last Makar Sankranti, I was landing in Mumbai after my English Christmas holiday and the children who live in the slums surrounding the airport were all standing […]


The Sindoor Tree 24

On Sunday we left the city, drove into tiger inhabited jungle, got lost for a while, then found the botanical garden we were searching for. A beautiful farm forty kilometers from Nagpur, full of flowers, plants, vegetables and herbs with medicinal properties. A group of us went (including my mother-in-law, husband and Alfonso) to […]

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Happy New Year! 2016 36

Happy New Year, wonderful friends and readers! I will forever cherish the wonderful support and love you have sent me during 2015! I’m so grateful I decided to document my journey from England to India, along the way discovering my passion for writing and getting to know so many amazing people! Thank you for sticking around […]


Our First Christmas Day in India 32

Every Christmas morning since I can remember has started in the same way, I have woken up with a stocking stuffed with small presents from Father Christmas sat on the end of my bed. I wake up confused, what is that weighing down on the duvet (?), then I realise it’s Christmas!! […]

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