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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The Lake Palace, Udaipur

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The Taj Lake Palace is known for being the “most  romantic hotel in the world”. I can’t possibly agree more. It is perhaps the most beautiful hotel I’ve ever been to – a vision in white marble, floating on the … Continue reading

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The City Palace and the Monsoon Palace

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This is a city of lakes and a city of palaces. The palaces here are all, in their own way, epic and awe-inspiring. Take the City Palace, which sprawls on the East Bank of Lake Pichola. Construction of the palace … Continue reading

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The City and Lake Pichola

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The Lake is everywhere you look. It shimmers and gleams, turning a dozen shades of yellow and gold in the course of a day. The city, with its magnificent palaces and temples, quaint havelis and gardens, and winding alleyways, clings … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III-13: Udaipur…Floating City

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At the foothills of the Aravalli mountains floats a city.  A beautiful dream of a city, in the midst of seven lakes. Founded in 1558 by Maharana Udai Singh II of the Sisodia Clan as the capital city of his … Continue reading

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