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Kolkata: cosmopolitan chaos

November 27, 2015


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 […]

Water, water everywhere

March 1, 2014


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 happy in Bhutan

March 4, 2013


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 […]

Dreams and memories: Bangladesh in 2021

December 21, 2011


Almost six months ago I watched the landscape of Bangladesh unfold beneath my plane for the very first time. As the huddled lights of Dhaka city glimmered below me, my mind pounded with questions about the things I would find in those dimly-lit streets. I am new here, and I am still, in so many […]

Hangzhou 杭州 : West Lake 西湖

May 22, 2011


Today I visited the most beautiful site of one of China’s most beautiful cities (their words not mine, though I do agree!) – West Lake, or in hanzi, 西湖. One of most striking features of Hangzhou is that unlike many Chinese cities – which limit their parks and nature to designated areas – Hangzhou is […]

Hong Kong: hunting for history

February 11, 2011


Kat Hing Wai (吉慶圍) is a walled village in Hong Kong’s New Territories. It is home to about 400 descendants of the Tang clan, who built the wall in the early 1600s to protect their village from bandits. Today, most of the homes inside have been renovated but the six-metre thick wall still remains. The […]