I loved collecting ‘things’, once upon a time. Objects for the house. Clothes and accessories. And being Indian, jewellery. Because they gave me pleasure, and because it was the done thing. Today, I cannot look at anything of monetary value without converting the cost into travel terms. I have walked out of many stores with a […]
The allure of Zanzibar, its multicultural, decaying opulence harking back to an affluent past, is derived from its history of thriving commerce in the Indian ocean. It is sobering to consider, however, that the affluence was fuelled as much by trade in ivory and slaves as in benign commodities like spices and silk. As is the […]
Their appearance fit my every romantic notion. Tall, lithe, ebony bodies with elongated limbs, sheathed in bright colored fabric. Short cropped hair on perfectly rounded heads with stretched earlobes. Stunningly beautiful women, weighed down by intricate bead jewelry, who wouldn’t look out of place on the cover of Vogue. Their posture ramrod straight. Their gait almost insolent. But their weary eyes […]
The ‘endless plains’ stretched ahead of us. Tranquil. Seemingly light years from the stressful demands of our life in the big city. The passage of time marked only by the movement of the sun. We were aware by now, after our dawn to dusk game drives in Tarangire and Ngorongoro, that the tranquility conceals a dynamic eco system where the pressures […]
Our Coastal Air flight from Kigali into the Manyara airstrip on a twelve seater Cessna, was not half as turbulent, or terrifying, as I had envisaged. George, our safari guide/driver from The Wild Source, was waiting to transport us to the first of four parks on our Northern Tanzanian safari circuit. The drive to the Nomad Kuro camp in […]
A group of indigenous Masai herdsmen on the floor of the Ngorongoro crater, demonstrate the smallness of humans and the vastness of nature. And this near minimalist postcard, its majesty. Happy travels…………no matter where life takes you.