Diaries


Baby’s First Easter 12

We are so lucky to visit England during Easter. Adorable lambs, happy daffodils, pale yellow primroses and the weather isn’t unbearably cold. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his persecution and crucifixion. This spring festival is celebrated on the Sunday after the first full moon after the northern spring equinox. […]


Flying Solo with a Baby

Sonshine and I have recently arrived in England after our second international journey together, just the two of us. Flying solo with a baby is a very daunting prospect. I flew from Heathrow to Nagpur with a peaceful ten week old, last week I returned with an energetic 11 month old. […]


Babies Can Speak Marathi

Baby’s first words are exciting, something to look forward to. There was a bit of added suspense in our home, will they be English words or Marathi words? Baby babble is universal, the first sounds and noises every baby makes are similar across the globe. When my son started to produce sounds, I made a […]


My Life-Changing Cheesy Discovery

If you were reading my blog when I first moved to India, you will know that I craved (mourned) good cheese, a lot. I even daydreamed of cheese, living in a cheesy nightmare. The processed cheese found in the supermarkets in Nagpur is comparable to rubber socks, so bad it was best to […]


Attempting to Stop Over-Extroverting

Have you ever taken the Myers-Briggs type test? It’s a really fascinating (and rather long) personality test based on the four category psychological type theory proposed by Carl Jung. Do you prefer to spend time in the outer world (Extrovert) or in your own inner world (Introvert)? Do you generally focus on the information you can […]

The Rajasthani style is a fusion between tribal and regal, the fantastic printed patterns mixed with splendid, heavy jewellery. These beautiful women are also extremely modest and cover their heads when in the presence of men or elders.

Holy Cow in India with Wonky horns

Yay! 2017!

Happy New Year, Friends! I hope you’ve all had a great start to 2017, it’s so weird to think that my baby was born last year. Time just goes so fast when you are a parent, it just runs past you, just like my little one will be doing in […]


Loving Abroad Support Group

I have wanted to create a forum on my blog for a while as we’ve built a lovely little community over the years and I want to enable more interaction but forums seem complicated and I am no software engineer. So, moving with the times, I have created a Facebook group for […]


Gratitude Letter to the North Pole

Writing a letter to Father Christmas (Santa Claus) and telling him you would like for Christmas is a much loved festive tradition for children (and some adults) across the globe. My little sister would circle almost everything in various catalogs in hope Father Christmas would oblige. I can remember how exciting it […]


Baby’s First Kali Puja

While most of India worship Goddess Lakshmi during Diwali, communities from the North East worship her divine contrast, Goddess Kali. If you consider Goddess Lakshmi as the opulent full moon, Goddess Kali is the regenerative new moon. We attended the vibrant Bengali Kali Puja celebration under a new moon for a second […]


To Santa, or Not to Santa?

Santa, known as Father Christmas in my family, is a jolly man who every Christmas Eve travels around the world on a sledge pulled by flying reindeer delivering presents to good children while they sleep. He comes down the chimney leaves behind all sorts of wonderful gifts. It’s coming up to baby’s […]