A weekend in the rural beauty of Rwanda

One Friday after work, I took a bus from Kigali till I reached a sleepy village called Gahini beside a lake that, by late afternoon, shone like mercury. Paula , a VSO teacher on a 3 year placement, had invited some of us volunteers for a weekend break and raring to see the countryside I…

Photos of our walk in York

Last weekend we visited York a quaint walled city in northern England, full olde worlde charm, cobbled streets filled with lopsided pubs and sweets shops and the imposing 13th century medieval cathedral, the York Minster. The Castle Museum has a recreated Victorian Street complete with actors[/caption] ***

Paris in the sun

Last month, I made my 7th visit to Paris. Here’s a few of our photos from our weekend in that wonderful beautiful city where there’s always something new to do … *** We got caught in a shower at sunset and as we passed the Pantheon, the clouds parted to show the tip of the…

Photography: A London state of mind – images along the river.

London, like the flow of the Thames is unwavering. Resolute. Continual. London, the city of bridges, not walls. London, the world’s city that belongs to you, to me and everyone who shares the London state of mind. Unflinching in the face of cruelty. Still open. Still strong. Life, like the river, flows on. ***

The Purple Shell

In response to today’s daily post word: “purple“. A purple shell caught my eye on a sandy beach yesterday. A lovely shade of purple, caught in a dimple in the sand, brought in on a line of bubbles from a warm wave. Such a lovely shade of purple, with fine white striations, whorls and ribs….

Hints of Holi 

Days after Holi, India’s festival of colours, the powdered dyes linger on in tiny cracks, on walls, on doors, paving stones and alcoves – even on cows and dogs. They are reminders of a happy day filled with colours and joy. In the desert town of Jaisalmer, the pavements and brickwork made from locally quarried…

Beauty at our feet 

This year I’ve taken pictures of things right under my feet on the pavements of south London. Intriguing, evocative and sometimes fascinating. Fallen Acer Leaves: Mother Nature would make great wall paper. These Acer leaves are intricately shaped, with light and dark yellows and ochres – it could go on my walls any day. Frosty…

Rwanda- Snow in the Heart of Africa 

It was magical to break through the clouds on the second day and see snow in the heart of Africa. A few years ago when I lived in Rwanda, I climbed the highest mountain in the Virungas, the 4,500 metre extinct volcano, Karisimbi. The start of the two day trek in the Volcanoes National Park…

A Himalayan flyby: homage to the roof of the world. 

We were so lucky to see them that spring morning – it is perhaps one of the most awe inspiring views from a commercial flight. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kanchenjunga, all lined up like giants, a pantheon of giants, clear and vivid. I’ve made the two hour flight from Delhi to Guwahati in Assam many…