It was during a layover at Bangulu airport, Bangalore, India, that I encountered the three singing ladies. It was still early in the morning, around breakfast time, and the airport was quiet. I was sat in Cafe Coffee Day and because I had hours before I had to check in for my connecting flight to Dubai, I still had my main rucksack with me. I … Continue reading The Three Singing Ladies!
Last August, in Goa during the rainy season, whilst I was driving along one of the back roads in Benaulim and marvelling at the electric green foliage everywhere, I saw a puppy at the side of the road. He was all alone and he clearly had the signs of the onset of mange. He just stood there, so tiny and stared at me with huge, … Continue reading Puppy Rescue in Goa
When I came to Goa with my children, around ten years ago now, we all fell hopelessly in love with all the stray dogs. We felt desperately sad about their predicaments and our hearts would break to see their forlorn faces, their big, sad eyes staring back at us from mangey, flea-ridden faces. Alone and unloved, they would wander the streets and beaches, searching for … Continue reading Goa Animal Welfare Trust GAWT
“A massive marble structure, without weight, as if formed of ether, perfectly rational and at the same time entirely decorative, it is perhaps the greatest art work which the forming spirit of mankind has ever brought forth.” Count Hermann Keyserling, German Philosopher There is barely a year I can remember when I haven’t gazed wistfully and longingly at photographs of the greatest monument on earth; … Continue reading The Taj Mahal
As an artist, I do love tattoos. Especially when they are well-designed creations painted with skill. However, this isn’t quite how I would describe my initial four small tattoos which were impulse purchases between the ages of fourteen and eighteen. Absolutely no thought went into them whatsoever. I literally would just rock up the nearest tattooist and with a few quid in my pocket, pick out … Continue reading Ganesha, Mandala and The Flower of Life: My tattoo
Stares. They’re going to happen. In my experience, whether you’re travelling with a guy or completely solo, men, women and children are going to stare at you. Obviously, where men are concerned, the stares happen less if you’re with a guy but still….what to do about it? India . Incredible India The land of stares. Curious stares. ‘I’m gonna look away from you as soon … Continue reading How to Deal With The Indian ‘STARES’
Hello readers. I’ll let the following letter I wrote to the Goa tourist board, and the collection of photographs taken of the terrible state of Baga streets, speak for themselves…….. Dear Mr Menino D’Souza As a seasoned tourist of Goa, I felt compelled to write to you regarding the absolute terrible state of the roads in Baga. Goa is a beautiful State of a country … Continue reading Baga and Why it is The Worst Place to Visit in Goa!
Goa. The little state in West India, famed for the long stretches of beaches, sweeping palms, full moon raves and the oldy woldy Portuguese charm. For me, personally, though, it means so much more than that. I’ve been visiting Goa for 20 years and I love, love, love the place! Here’s what makes me go crazy nuts with excitement every time I have a visit … Continue reading Eight Things I Love About Goa!
Today, I am grateful for….. The abundance of wildlife in and around the ashram where I am staying in North India. I am surrounded by deer, fireflies, bugs galore including many species of ant, caterpillars, centipede’s and more dragonfly’s than I can possibly count, not to mention the butterflies in all their array of different colours. The sheer amount of birds species is incredible! I … Continue reading Daily Gratitude
This evening, I was looking over old photos of some artwork I’d completed from some years back. I came across a very large piece and which I still have in my possession. The painting was inspired by my love of henna art. I love henna art work so much! If I was able to have this beautiful and amazing artwork painted over my whole body, … Continue reading Mehndi Art on Cardk