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INDIA - The Land of Dreams and Romance

My writing and photography has evolved over the last fifteen years.  I had the good fortune to return to India the land of my birth in 1997 and with subsequent journeys I found sufficient material to write my first book India: the Peacock’s Call.  When that was favourably received I was urged to write another India: The Tiger’s Roar and then another India: The Elephant’s Blessing and so the trilogy of my Indian returns and travels developed. 

This was swiftly followed by Quicklook at India which was commissioned specifically to help business people, diplomats and serious travellers who require researching India rapidly to give them an appreciation and respect for this ancient land.

Annual return to India

Now I return annually and garner information about which I then write and of course photograph.  India will always have a fascination for people from both the West and the East and as it is a home from home to me I am happy to try and help them appreciate this great land and her peoples.

I now give my services as Travel Editor for India Link International magazine and guest blog for a number of different travel websites.  In addition I maintain my own blog and post archived travel articles on this website. My online photographic albums have sometimes hundreds of photographs on a place or event that can help the viewer to really understand and want to visit India to have a similar experience.

I remain committed to the conservation of India's wonderful wildlife, and try to help and support worthwhile charities that help disadvantaged children…I am a firm believer in the great Gandhiji’s saying

If we all do a little then together we will achieve a great deal….

View Alines photos albums

The Fall of Singapore
3 months 5 days ago

The Railway Man is a powerful and poignant film showing the extreme cruelty of the Japanese after the surrender of the British and Indian Forces fighting in the Malayan Peninsula and retreating down into Singapore.

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
4 months 2 weeks ago

This powerful film we were privileged to see in a private view on Tuesday 3rd December in Glasgow.  I recommend it strongly to everyone.

Nelson MandelaMy most favourite film is Gandhi…..because of my birth and life in India and Gandhiji was a great influence on Mandela and now this film, thankfully out in his lifetime, shows Nelson Mandela and his strength of purpose, resolve and commitment to gaining democratic freedom for his African brothers and sisters.

World Travel Market London at Excel 2013
4 months 4 weeks ago

As we do annually we caught the ‘red eye’ down to London’s City airport to attend two frenetic days at WTM 2013 at Excel.  City Airport is right next door on the banks of the old river Thames and it is all so convenient for us.  50,000 people from around the world converge for the four days of this vitally important travel mart annually.  It is always inspiring and now that the UK is coming out of the financial depression there was a real air of optimism this year.

The Imperial Hotel New Delhi
4 months 4 weeks ago

When I was at World Travel Market I of course met up with the General Manager and Vice President of The Imperial Hotel in New Delhi.   The Imperial has elegance, prestige, heritage, comfort and choices for those who would visit Delhi in style and luxury.  In this last year the hotel has been presented with a number of prestige travel awards, all too numerous to mention and they are deserved.  There is an attention to detail which discerning travellers find attractive.

Kumarakom Lake Resort on Lake Vembanad in Kerala
6 months 1 week ago

I visited Kumarakom Lake Resort in February 2011 at the very end of a wonderful trip on the Golden chariot luxury train.  The trip had started in Bengaloru and we had indeed stayed at The Paul which is a charming very new hotel also owned by the same people as Kumarakom Lake Resort.   It was a really enjoyable but brief experience and so it was entirely fitting that the end of the luxury train journey should end for us as guests at Kumarakom Lake.  The speedboat was sent to collect us from the end of the rail journey’s happ