India:

Mobile Data Charges – avoid Telstra!

8 February 2013 | The rest

Using your home country mobile phone when you’re overseas – roaming – can be extraordinarily expensive, particularly when it comes to data charges. Of course figuring out just what it’s going to cost can also be extraordinarily difficult. I have two mobile phones, one...

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Art in Hotels

5 February 2013 | Culture

  In recent weeks I’ve stayed at two favourite hotels, both of them with a heavy emphasis on art. The Imperial Hotel is a stone’s throw from Connaught Place, the centre of India’s capital New Delhi. It’s a throwback to the old Raj era and it’s simply packed wit...

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An Indian Hero?

22 January 2013 | Transport

I like bicycles and every time I go to India I contemplate bringing back a Hero bicycle. It could join my small (just three bikes) collection in Australia or my London bicycle – which I rode London-Paris a couple of years ago. Although in London I’m often out on B...

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Elephants Wreaking Havoc

20 January 2013 | Culture

I’ve just left Rajasthan, the most colourful state in India. A favourite glimpse of a picture in the gallery at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur – it’s Maharajah Bakhat Singh watching his elephants ‘wreaking havoc.’

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Time Flies at the Taj

17 January 2013 | Living

Maureen and I arrived at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India on our first wedding anniversary on 7 October 1972. We'd driven from London to Kabul in Afghanistan where we sold our car and were continuing east on a trip that would eventually end at Sydney in Australia. And lea...

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