Bombay Diaries: An enchanting look inside the Royal Opera House…

Mention Royal Opera House to passersby in Mumbai, and you’ll likely be pointed in the general direction of Charni Road, near Chowpatty. Once the cultural cornerstone of the city, India’s only surviving opera house has languished in a forgotten state for over two decades, the “Opera House” name often synonymous with the surrounding neighbourhood rather than the colonial-era landmark representing … More Bombay Diaries: An enchanting look inside the Royal Opera House…

Bombay Diaries: Being a tourist in my home city…

Do you ever take for granted the beauty and culture you’re surrounded by on a daily basis? I know I’m often guilty of this in Bombay where it’s all-too-easy to moan about the sorry state of affairs (the traffic especially), or else get caught up in the glitz and dazzling glamour of the endless soirées. Somewhere in the … More Bombay Diaries: Being a tourist in my home city…

Delhi Diaries: A royal stay at the Imperial

When Antonia, one of my oldest and dearest friends from London emailed to say she’s finally visiting India, for the Art Fair held annually in Delhi, the dates were immediately pencilled in my diary and a flight from Mumbai booked. My previous visits to the capital have been quite short, revolving mainly around seeing friends, family … More Delhi Diaries: A royal stay at the Imperial