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Alicia Thompson

I had visions of a hot cinnamon roll and coffee for breakfast on my first morning in Kodaikanal, but tragically Pastry Corner was not opened even at the relatively late hour of 9 am. So I found myself sitting in the impeccably clean Flavours Restaurant with its red and white…

NOISE

Well, it had to happen. I’ve been constantly whinging about it, so let’s address it and get it out of the way.

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Indians, I have discovered, enjoy by necessity, a high tolerance for noise. I suppose it goes well with their high tolerance for lack of privacy (and in…

Travels in India — 11

Of course I am food obsessed, but at least it’s a subject everyone can relate to.

The technique of eating in India is a skill to be acquired. And it’s not as straight forward as you would think. Just like our mothers go to such…

War and Peace: shorthand for long and difficult and a by-word for extreme drama; not only in the literary world but in general, too. Such is the reputation of this Russian classic, but how many people know the book behind the reputation? …

Reading the Deccan Herald this morning over my breakfast dosai, I noticed a regular feature called SSLC Mentor — to sharpen students’ skills. Today was factors and factorisation (one of my old favourites) with the spotlight on surds. …

This morning we had to be up at 4am to beat a proposed roadblock for road repairs in Masinagudi. So after viewing the amazing weekly illumination of Mysore Palace last night, we all took to our beds early.

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In the Union Territory and former French colony of Pondicherry, we had the pleasure of breakfast at a patisserie. Happily, the French influence in this town extends beyond the red pill-box hats worn by the policemen and I can confirm that the warm crisp apple danish and the pain au…

The coolness of Periyar’s heights (over 3,000 feet) has been very welcome. Up early, we caught tuk tuks to the entrance of the park at 7am. …

Walking over broken pavement down Park Avenue, only Subash Park separates me from the sea. It is a lush arrangement of tropical greenery in square gardens with brightly coloured swings and see-saws for children. …

It’s after 6 pm in the evening but the heat still hits me when I step over the plane’s threshold. Whoa…the jumper that has been my loving companion for the last four weeks in northern India suddenly feels claggy and stultifying.

My taxi driver, Joy, is efficient in getting me…

Alicia Thompson

Novelist | Blogger | Traveller | Teacher @ efolio.com.au . . . . Book coming out with NineStar Press in October 2021 — watch this space!

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