Category Archives: Cities & Regions

THE FACTS OF LIFE – 2. E.M.P.T.Y.

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So here we are. The second track of the “album”, THE FACTS OF LIFE, is this (also) unabashedly romantic little electro-pop-rock ditty, written for those moments of exquisite loneliness when one is head over heels in love and missing the … Continue reading

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Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

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Nothing prepares the Grand Tourist for his or her arrival at the Umaid Bhawan Palace. It is quite simply the most fairytale of fairytale palaces, and the most GRAND of Grand Hotels I have had the chance to stay at … Continue reading

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Old Jodhpur

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The old city of Jodhpur makes for a delightful afternoon stroll.  It’s much less congested than that of Jaipur, and man of the facades in the city are painted in my favorite colour of all – blue. It is unclear … Continue reading

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Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

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Perched 400 feet above the old city of Jodhpur, Mehrangarh Fort is unmissable; a seemingly indomitable fortress-palace that strikes awe in all who behold it from afar. “Mehrangarh” means “Fort of the Sun”, and certainly, from way up high, one … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III:14 – Jodhpur… Blue City

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Jodhpur is the penultimate city on my Grand Tour of the Port and Princely Cities of the Subcontinent. It is the capital of the Kingdom of Marwar, an ancient territory ruled by Maharajas with an ancient lineage dating back at least … Continue reading

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RAFFLES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA – REVISITING THE SCHOLAR AND STATESMAN

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Today, Asian Civilisations Museum’s first special exhibition of the year – RAFFLES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: REVISITING THE SCHOLAR AND STATESMAN opens. In typical risk-taking fashion, the exhibition tackles Southeast Asian colonial history head-on, and reveals how this history is complex … Continue reading

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THE FACTS OF LIFE – 1. MAGIC

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  Up until very recently, I thought my lot in life was to be a singer-songwriter and a musical theatre composer (more about this maybe later…) And so I wrote songs and song cycles, about love and longing, lust and … Continue reading

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