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Kolkata: cosmopolitan chaos

November 27, 2015

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I arrived in Kolkata in the heart of monsoon season, a time when the air is so thick you’re forced to chew as you inhale. I’d flown in on an early morning IndiGo from Hyderabad, a balmier city protected by its high altitude breezes (more on my time in that city here). I hired a […]

What tea can teach us

May 12, 2015

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“(Tea) inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.” – The Book of Tea, Tenshin Okakura I’ve just returned from Japan, a […]

Water, water everywhere

March 1, 2014

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Here in Australia, the government and newspapers are just waking up to another drought. Farmers have been watching the edges of their soil crack and wrinkle for months, wringing their hands in the wait for some decent rain. But now the headlines have assured the rest of us it’s real, and so the politicians are […]

Being a Sydney-sider again

June 30, 2013

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About a month ago I stood beneath the sails of the Sydney Opera House and watched the Vivid light show flicker across the Museum of Contemporary Art, the P&O Cruise Ship, and the soaring windows of surrounding skyscrapers. I feel pretty lucky to call this beautiful cityscape home. In the most recent Global Liveability Survey, […]

Being happy in Bhutan

March 4, 2013

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This week the Himalayan nation of Bhutan – usually a place that ducks from attention though it is located on the roof of the world – made headlines. The small kingdom of 1.2 million people made an announcement that they would become the first wholly organic country in the world by banning the sale of […]

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 […]

My Love Letter to Bangladesh

July 15, 2012

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Now that I have left Bangladesh, the land of flowing ornas and floating sunsets, it’s been strange to return to life in Australia and, now, China. I flounder at pedestrian crossings, unconvinced that the cars will really stop. I marvel at the wonders of giant supermarkets that stock everything from everywhere, everyday; but I also […]