Saturday, February 22, 2014

Straw to Brick: Habitat for Humanity Build

This was our village build. The people live in the traditional straw houses and we were building brick ones for them (my house is on the right of this photo).

The mortar for the bricks is simply mud. The girls had to wade into it and shovel it into buckets for us.

So - the plan was to build the walls up to the level of the roof in just one day.  
My first attempt at bricklaying happened here - I was helping to build the back wall of the house with one of the students and a couple of the locals.

The students were simply amazing. At this point the house is about half built.

In the afternoon I moved onto one of the finished houses. We were painting it a lovely bright turquoise with some terracotta trimmings.

Looking forward to her new house!

Monday, February 17, 2014

A Blue Weekend

Lots of great music going on in Mumbai - and February saw the Mahindra Blues Festival.  Lex and I went with Jenni and we had a great evening.

This was followed the next day by Spanish Flamenco and Rajasthani Caravan at the Blue Frog. 

I heard that flamenco music originated in Rajasthan and was carried to Spain by gypsies. Looking at the dances together you can really see how one evolved from the other - so many things are similar but interpreted in different ways by the individual dancers.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

A weekend in Alibaug

We set off from the Gateway of India on a local ferry going to Alibaug.  We planned to stay in a very quiet place on the beach.

Although you are not supposed to take photos from the ferry, I managed to get this one in of the Gateway to India and the Taj Palace hotel.

The beach at Alibaug was almost completely deserted.  A few people, a horse and cart at sunset and lots of birds.

View from the roof of our guesthouse.

A horse-drawn carriage ride on the beach at sunset.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

I love this colourful arts festival - and this year the theme was very much around women - with street art about women and the law and with sarees from the women of Dharavi with messages against rape.

Saturday, February 1, 2014


Banganga Tank is part of the Walkeshwa Temple Complex in Malabar Hill. The ancient water tank dates back to the 12th century.