Touch of Spirit Tours, India


Mela, the founder of Touch of Spirit Tours, tells us about her journey to starting a tour company: 1. What’s your background? I have a bachelor degree in business and have worked as an accountant for most of my working life. I taught business subjects at a TAFE college for six years. During this time […]

Top 5 things to do in India


Rather than waxing lyrical about Punjabi saris, psychedelic religious beliefs and outrageously fabulous Mughal architecture, I am going to make it easy for you. Here’s what I loved about India: 1. The forts and palaces of Rajasthan I learnt one key thing: Mughal kings had a lot of concubines. They also had an unlucky first […]

Honey, I’m home!


Happy day-after-Australia Day everyone! Seven planes, three trains, five buses, one boat, one ferry, countless taxis (old Ambassadors with very springy suspension), even more autorickshaws and a camel later, I am home from India – huzzah! Here are some fun pics of the local Indian transport:    

Pilgrimage to the Taj Mahal by Josh Bryer

Pilgrimage to the Taj Mahal An excerpt from ‘100 pens for 100 Indian kids (& other travel stories)’ by Josh Bryer I woke up at 5am to leave plenty of time for my 6.30 express train (2 hours) to Agra –home of the Taj Mahal. The train trip was pleasant – comfortable, with AC and […]

The Geography of Beauty: Hot or not?


In some countries, I am considered beautiful, and yet in other countries, I am considered a blubbery, white freak show. The conclusion I have drawn is that beauty is as cultural as anything else. My friend Tennille who is currently living in India recently wrote about a particularly cringeworthy visit to the beauty salon. She was told by […]

Off the beaten track in Ooty


Off the beaten track in Ooty By Maggie Videan Where did you say that was? Never heard of it? Possibly not! Ooty is a forgotten hill station located 2000 metres above sea level in the Nilgris in Southern India. Alive with industry, it has a delightful climate, friendly locals and a history harking back to British India. Ooty […]


Bangalore! By Maggie Videan It’s taken me 25 years to return to my homeland. That being the case, I started out in Bangalore, a city renowned for service and IT industries. As soon as I arrived, it was quite apparent why it had taken me so long to return. India is confronting. The crowds, the poverty […]

Foreign Correspondent: Tennille Duffy


Name: Tennille Duffy     Age: 27 Occupation: Lawyer/Consultant for Human Rights NGO (non-government organisation) Where do you live?: New Delhi, India. Why did you move there?: For this job.  I applied for the experience and the adventure of living overseas. What do you love about your town/city?: The energy of the place is manic – you […]