Inspiration Series : Nomad with a camera – Deines

Having the odds against you should not stop you from living the life you want. Deines, a photographer and a marketing nomad tells us how she started life in Venzeula and beat the odds to become a freelance marketer and photographer.  My Life in Venzeula I’m Deines, I am from Venezuela and I guess that

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Fucking Fantastic! Watching Lions mate in Maasai Mara

Sis told me to make time to see lions mate the next time I get to Kenya. I told her I’ve already seen lions mate a few times, in Amboseli and Masaai Mara. So after a few expletives from her about what was wrong with me for not blogging about it, she finally mollified me into writing this

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Traditional Christmas Sweets : East Indian Series

Two East Indian aunties meet on the street. “Hello Lucy, how are you men?” “I’m good men, how are you and the babas?” “We’re all good men. Where you went?” “To the pav-wala on the corner to bring pav men. His pav better than Bertrand’s pav men. So nice and soft-soft. My dokra Aggie likes

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Inspiration Series : Nurse around the world – Gemma

The life of a nomad, a dream for many that goes unrealized. You can live the life of a nomad no matter what you do. All you need is the grit and the mettle that Gemma had when she decided to go be a nurse in an unusual location? Want to hear her story? Read

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Special East Indian Chicken Tope : East Indian Series

East Indian Tope, a marriage of our Portuguese cultural inheritance with our Indian roots. It’s the perfect all in one meal at any time. In continuing with the East Indian Series, Sarah from TheWingedFork talks about cooking this yummy recipe. It was my turn to help mom in the kitchen yesterday, and we were making

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A world of ice creams – Local favorites from across the globe

The ice cream man’s a coming Bells ringing, childhood memories. The ice cream cart comes to our neighborhood, but here in Bombay it’s kulfi. Sometimes it’s the kulfi man with the basket on his head announcing his arrival. ‘Kulfi-eaah’. As kids we used to run happily for ice cream or kulfi. That instant brain freeze

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My Bombay, the city of dreams; My Mumbai, where dreams are crushed

The city of dreams, that’s where I live, my Bombay. The city where dreams die, that’s where I live too, my Mumbai.  Of course we’ve had a lot of names over the centuries – Boon Bay, Bombain, Mombayn,  Bombaym, Monbaym, Mombaym, Bombay, Mombaim, Bambaye, Bombeye, Bombaiim, and more; and now Maha Amba, Mumba and Mumbai.

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Inspiration Series : Solo Travelling Nomad – Melissa

Doing what you want and love isn’t something that should wait till later. Sometimes you just have to break free from the shackles or a routine existence and jump into that different life. And who knows? You just might find what you were meant to do. Today, Melissa from High Heels and a Backpack shares

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Cooking up a Sorpotel Pav : East Indian Series

Sorpotel or Sarpatel or Sarapatel, the dish that makes mouths water anywhere it’s served, no matter how you spell it. And as we always say, our East Indian version tastes ten times better than the Goan version of this age old traditional Portuguese recipe. Wink wink! Today, the versatile Jude Fernandes, a true-blue East Indian

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Independent Young Nomad : Inspiration Series – Jeremy

As India celebrates its 70th Independence Day and the reaffirming of our freedom, we celebrate our right to be all we can be and our right to choose our own destiny. We celebrate youngsters like Jeremy who have chosen to walk the path less travelled, to find their own destiny, and to give hope to

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Of bras and things – 5 stories of traveling boobs 

You’ve already read the blog about how I found it difficult to get back into a Kayak because my boobs kept getting in the way. But that’s not the only problem I’ve had with having big boobs. My country wants me to go braless Take for instance the fact that bras my size are not manufactured

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Inspiration Series : Becoming a Freelancer, When This Was Almost Unheard Of – Cris

Sometimes the unexpected events of life and the closed doors are really there to bring you to your calling, or to be specific make you an accidental nomad. That’s literally what happened with Cris from LooknWalk. As part of the Inspiration Series for Nomads, we welcome Cris to the blog floor today to tell us her

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Of Vajri Curries and Trotters Khudi : East Indians?

East Indians? My community is disappearing. What once was a thriving community in the heart of Bombay is now vanishing; and with it, all our traditions and culture. In a city of 22 million people, there are hardly 5 lakh East Indians left. Or was that 5 lakh across the globe? The salt on the

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Bizarre or Weird? What was the most peculiar thing someone said to you while travelling?

Bizarre Beauty? Travel exposes you to the strangest things – apart from discovering wonderful cultural diversity, behavioral differences and contrary thought processes – one is also exposed to a range of novel and sometimes surprising situations. Take for example when I was in Cardiff a few years ago, and after ordering a Whiskey and Soda

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Inspiration Series : Weekend Nomad – Gareth

Inspiring nomads, it’s a term that can mean so many things. But on the journey to becoming a nomad there is so much that one learns and one learns to let go off. Today, we invite a different type of nomad to the blog floor, a weekend nomad. Gareth is a teacher 5 days a

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Celebrating Ramzan or Ramadan at Mohammed Ali Road in Bombay

Ramadan or Ramzan is a Muslim celebration of when the Quran was revealed to the prophet Muhammad. Fasting is necessary for Muslims who aren’t sick, elderly, menstruating, breastfeeding, pregnant or travelling. It’s one of the famous Five Pillars of Islam. My Muslim friends fast from dawn till dusk, and don’t have sex, eat, drink, or smoke.

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Inspiration Series : Going Nomad – Maegan and Elise

Going Nomad – Should or shouldn’t I? As an aspiring nomad, I’ve come across quite a few individuals who discredit this lifestyle, and also say that it’s difficult and amounts to no good. To counter this thinking, and to provide inspiration to myself and other aspiring nomads, I’ve started this Going Nomad : Inspiration Series, where

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Thinking of you, my love, my once upon a time!

Thinking of you, my love, my once upon a time! And suddenly a year has gone by my love, and so much has changed, and yet so much hasn’t. And although I should be looking forward, for just this once I will look back over my shoulder and remember. The airport, you take my hand

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For the love of cake… and other degustations

I’ve always loved the smell of baking. From the time I was little I remember the smell of fresh cakes baking in the oven, and knowing that I was in for a delicious treat. By the time I turned five I started helping my mom to bake cakes, just like she had helped her mother

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Puy Pariou, Un Puy D’Auvergne

It’s New Years Eve. We’re en France at your neighbour’s place for dinner. The wine flows freely. How can it not? We’re in Cannes. I’m sitting there thinking, when a pleasant elderly gentleman offers to fill my wine glass, but I decline saying you’ll fill it for me. He then offers to keep me company

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A stopover in Paris

No good connecting flights. I have to spend a night in Paris on the way to another city. Memories rush. Feelings follow. It’s just one night. It will be fine. How different can it be from every other night that I miss you? Did the same thing happen to you the last time you saw

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Together Forever – The Albatross

Just saw a video by BBC Earth and Sir David Attenborough on how albatrosses spend over fifty years together. It’s almost like forever in human terms. Wonder why humans can’t do that? Well, half of us humans at least. I know quite a few people who have lived together for more than 40 or 50 years,

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The Horse Runner – Nick Turner

Came across this interesting article about Nick Turner, an artist who takes nude portrait of himself with horses. Born in 1983 in Boston, Turner preferred the company of horses to his school classmates in France. He grew up wanting to be a part of tribe of horses, and to understand his primal instincts. Turner is

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Surviving Life

Stumbled across this video from BBC One in the Planet Earth II series. It shows a newly born iguana being chased by snakes. So many snakes, and yet it fights for life and survives. Much like our life! Everyday we are faced with so many situations and choices that either help us grow stronger or

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To the boy who bit my hair off

We talked again the other day, just like we used to do way back when. Long hours of talking about this and that, about everything and nothing. And I wanted to reach across the screen and touch your face like I used to, and trace the corners of your smile. And it hurt. For an

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Valentine’s Day!

So Valentine’s Day is coming up, and everyone is planning a special something for their special someone. Well, not everybody. There are those of us who don’t have a special someone yet or anymore. We’ve had our hearts broken, we’ve loved the ones we thought were ‘the ones’, and we lost them. Or we’ve broken

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