Expating India & Travel


If I ever find myself stuck in a rut, I ask myself: “what is special and unique about where you are in life right now?”. It always seemed impossible to live in the moment, to breathe in the now and just be. Having suffered with depression and later anxiety, it was […]

How I Learnt to Live Now!


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. […]

Flying Solo with a Baby



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 […]

My Life-Changing Cheesy Discovery


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 […]

Loving Abroad Support Group



Just when I thought the 8th of November could shock no more, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, announced something that left the subcontinent speechless. In four hours, at the stroke of midnight, Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes (86% of the cash in circulation!!) would be void. I must have spent […]

When Rs 500 & Rs 1000 Notes Are Void


The stereotypes of Western women in India can be summarised in a single conversation I had with a young man at wedding, in a very small city a while ago. This guy was studying with the intention of someday leaving India and continuing his education in America. A place which is, he kindly pointed […]

Stereotypes of Western Women in India




What does India sound like? You may be thinking of a cacophony of horns. It’s something you get used to, stop noticing and, over time, miss when it’s gone. The sound of traffic becomes comforting and silence begins to feel eerily disconcerting. That is, until you have a small baby […]

Horn NOT OK Please



Yay! I’m so happy, my mum and youngest sister have arrived in India to celebrate Rohan’s first Diwali with us! We will also be having Rohan’s naming ceremony this week, so busy busy busy! It’s so lovely for Rohan (and my husband and I) to have so many family members […]

My Mum & Sister are Here for Diwali


Holy Cow in India with Wonky horns
If you are open about your life, you will undoubtedly receive a whole heap of unsolicited advice. Most is from a kind or concerned place, sent with love and good wishes, and I send abundant appreciation for that advice, even if I don’t always choose to follow it. Then, of course, there […]

You’ve Made the Wrong Choice