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Ode to the Ukulele

May 25, 2014

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On first impressions, small things usually seem unimpressive – the ukulele is one such example. It seems too simple; surely an unspectacular instrument with a sound that only suits folk songs and Hawaiian holidays. You can buy one in a kid’s toy shop, after all. But looks are deceiving. As one writer puts it, it […]

Tracing the Silk Road: observations from China’s West

January 18, 2013

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My journey westwards started on China’s coast, in Suzhou, an ancient city north of Shanghai renowned for the canals that weave between its willows and whitewashed walls. It’s also the city that made Marco Polo fall in love with China and home to one of the nation’s most famous inventions: silk. So it was fitting […]

Creative Vignettes

November 16, 2012

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I recently completed a short creative writing course taught by Mark Tredinnick. Over a month and a half, we were encouraged to write to a creative prompt each week. It was lots of fun to get my creative nonfiction juices flowing, so I thought I’d share some of my pieces here: The Small Pleasures in […]

Durga Puja in Puran Dhaka

October 7, 2011

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Yesterday marked the fifth and final day of Durga Puja, a major Hindu festival dedicated to the Goddess Durga. The event marks the victory of Durga over the demon Mahishadura, and is a particularly significant religious festival for Bengali-speaking Hindus. The streets of Old Dhaka – particularly around Dhakeswari National Temple, Sadarghat port and Shakhari […]

Under the New Moon: of fasts and foods

August 7, 2011

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A new moon always brings new and exciting things. This week, it heralded the start of the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims around the world. I was standing on a rooftop in Rayer Bazaar, surrounded by a group of amazing young Bangladeshis volunteering at the Jaago Foundation, when word came that the new moon […]

Autumn skies in Australia

April 19, 2011

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It’s my last day in Barraba, in the northwest of NSW, Australia. It’s such a beautiful part of the world, I thought I would share some of my photos taken over the past month. Crisp morning sunrise and twilight sunset photos.

A Goldfish Point of View

July 12, 2010

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There are very few things more exciting than that suspense you get, anticipating a batch of freshly printed photos from a long forgotten camera film. As a rather impatient person, I generally don’t get too many thrills from waiting, but there is an exception to every rule, and this is mine. I discovered the film […]