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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

Rajasthan and then a Joyful Brief Visit to Kabini
6 days 15 hours ago

In the early hours of the morning we drove to Delhi Station to board the Shatabdhi Express to Dholpur.  The train left on time, full of Europeans who were going to see The Taj Mahal at Agra – Dholpur is the next stop after Agra.  The train was delayed by the considerable fog along the way but eventually we arrived to a warm welcome in sunshine by Raj Niwas manager Vijay Hada and his wife Bhavana.   It was eight years exactly since we had been at Raj Niwas the palace of the Dholpur royalty.   Vasundhara Raje is the Chief Minister of Rajasthan and her son Dushyant was there too.   Much has be

We spent a Week in Delhi in February
1 month 6 days ago

KLR as we call Kumarakom Lake Resort sent a comfortable car to Cochin Airport and we arrived as the sun had set to a most enthusiastic warm welcome.  Truly a home from home in a heritage villa with its own courtyard pool.  We spent three weeks as indeed we had in 2014 and it provided the joy of comfort, beauty, tranquillity, good food, swimming in warm water and lovely service.  We were happy people and I recommend the place strongly. The Yoga is also very popular and it is a beautifully wedding and special function venue.   But we just swam, watched birds, read copiously, and interacted with friendly Staff and Management. ....and relaxed!

The Heart of India is MADHYA PRADESH
2 months 1 week ago

On 2nd January we flew to Nagpur for the start of our official visit as guests of the MP State Tourism department. We were met with a warm welcome and were able to have tea with our good friend Aditya Dhanwatay whose family own the excellent Tiger Trails at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.  We had visited there last year and it is an easy drive from Nagpur.  This time however we set off for Pench.   This was the first time we had visited Pench and it had much enjoyment in store for us. Being once again in an Indian wildlife park is always a joy for us and Pench did not disappoint.   We were guests of the new wildlife resort of Tathastu and made very welcome.   Indeed, it is the first time we have stayed in a cave......ah!  But this cave comes with air conditioning and all expected comfort and ensuite shower room and lovely beds!!!!

PROTSAHAN - a most worthwhile NGO
2 months 1 week ago

We had a dinner with the lovely Sonal Kapoor who founded the wonderful charity Protsahan to help educate and nurture girl children who are totally disadvantaged. She does wonderful work and is so committed and courageous. We first met in February five years ago and we visited one of her centres in extreme west of Delhi.

This young lady from Delhi is working with such commitment and courage in a difficult field and achieving hugely. I have enormous affection for her and respect her greatly.

Christmas and New Year in Mumbai
3 months 1 week ago

We arrived in Mumbai on 23rd December and enjoyed the Emirates flight from Glasgow to Dubai.  I was not however impressed with the second flight from Dubai to Mumbai and we arrived late.  It was with a jaundiced eye therefore I viewed Mumbai's Chatrapathi Shivaji airport.  Let us say the airport is good....I had not seen this new one before.  However the sheer incompetence of the minion handing out the mandatory landing form to be then signed was disgraceful.  Hitherto these forms were handed out on the flight and one had time to fill it in neatly sitting in the airline seat...no more it seems.  So tired harassed arrival passengers then have to grapple with finding a surface on which to fill out the form accurately.  We are used to it, you should have heard the impression  it made on first time arrivals.....said one 'if this is what the rest of this trip is going to be like....you can keep India, I won't  recommend  it....'