About Me

meWelcome to IndiaPalette! My name is Antonina, and I’m the voice behind this travel blog. I was born in Kherson, Ukraine, where I spent the first 27 years of my life. Then I met someone special online and eventually moved to India. I’m sure you’ve heard people comparing India to an emotional roller coaster – today you’re totally in  love with this country and tomorrow the only thing you can think of is packing your bags and leaving as soon as possible. That’s all true. Shortly after my shift one of my friends asked me what were my first impressions of India. This was my response:

I’m amazed, horrified, puzzled, fascinated, irritated, pleased, flattered, intrigued, furious and happy. If it makes any sense at all 🙂

Now, after all these years, things are much calmer, of course. But the feeling of living an adventure has never faded away, and this is what I love this country for. On this site, I’m sharing my travel experiences in India, memories of Ukraine and occasional reflections on expat life. Exploring Mumbai is one of my favorite pastimes, and quite a number of IndiaPalette posts is dedicated to the architecture, street life and cultural events of this cosmopolitan, vibrant city.

What you won’t find on this blog is anything related to intercultural  and interracial relationship, long distance relationship, romance, challenges of living in a joint family and so on. If you’re looking for something of the sort, there are lots of wonderful “masala” blogs on the net, where women tell inspiring stories of finding their love in India and adjusting to a new culture as Indian wives. IndiaPalette  is nothing like that. Basically, it’s a travel blog with trip reports, photo essays and travel tips. I travel around India and share my impressions to bring this fascinating country closer to you, and hopefully to inspire you to see all the amazing places on your own.

Some random facts about me

~ I’m married and a proud mother of three charming kids

my little ones~ I’m an avid reader who keeps buying books in spite of catastrophic lack of space

~ I’m a freelance copywriter who has tried multiple careers – a teacher, librarian, private language tutor and interpreter in a dating agency just to name a few

~ I’m a huge fan of flowers and flower photography

~ Mumbai is my favorite city ever – it’s managed to outshine even Kyiv

~ I’m extremely introverted, and spending time with a new person is a bit of a stress. Not typical for a person who claims to be a traveler, right? 🙂 Anyway, if you ask me to meet you in person and I refuse, I want you to know it’s not because of you. And no matter what, I’m still extremely grateful to everyone who offers to show me around Mumbai and other cities.

~ I travel much less than I would like to, but I don’t give up 🙂

my travelsMy style of traveling

I’m a busy mom  and an earning member of the family, so it’s not easy for me to schedule my trips. Usually I choose destination just a night train journey away from home and spend only one day in a new place. One would say it’s hardly anything, but if researched carefully, this way of traveling actually works. I climbed the stairs of the Golconda fort and admired the beauty of stone carvings in the Ellora caves. I observed the subtle fusion of architectural styles when visiting Laxmi Vilas Palace and wandered among the ruins of Champaner-Pavagadh archaeological park. I explored the mosques of Ahmedabad and cathedrals of Old Goa. This sort of quick traveling helps me not only to expand my horizons, but also to refresh my mind and recharge emotional batteries.

The Golconda Fort

Panoramic view of Hyderabad from the Golconda fort and my sunburnt face 🙂

Admiring the carvings of the Modhera Sun Temple, Gujarat

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

Lost among the pillars  of Champaner-Pavagadh archaeological park 🙂

Sidi Saiyyed Mosque

Contemplating in Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, Ahmedabad

Neglected heritage building Margao

Sorting out my Margao impressions on the stairs of an abandoned Portuguese house

And of course, we visit quite a lot of child friendly places in and around Mumbai with my kids – Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Taraporewala Aquarium and BDL museum just to name a few.

kids

My favorite partners in crime 🙂

If you’re curious to see India through my eyes, you’re most welcome to follow my adventures here on IndiaPalette travel blog. Stay tuned!

best of luck in 2017

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28 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Antonina,
    very nice site ! i really appreciate it….
    Please give me Ur mail address if u can i will tell u lots of place in Mumbai to visit which most of the peoples doesn’t know.
    i will give you a list of such a pretty places guides in Mumbai , Mumbai suborder, n navi Mumbai
    n thanks i really love Ur thoughts about India .

    • Hi there Krunal,
      Thanks a lot for your appreciation. My email address is in the “contact me” section of this site, I’d be be glad to get some valuable recommendations from a local. Mumbai has so much to offer, and I haven’t even scratched the surface 🙂

  2. I appreciate your words for India in the very beginning and yes your traveling for nearby places is meaningful and appreciable as you said that you are a mom and earning member . Beautifully written post !!

    • Thanks, Yogi. India is a gigantic country and I think I’ll always have a surplus of destinations for my one day trips. At the moment I try to extend the geography of my travels – I still spend only day in a new place, but sometimes it takes longer to rech there.

  3. Yeah, it’s true that traveling often for a short time is better than waiting a whole year to travel for a month or two. The benefits for your happiness are more if you choose the first style (like you do).

    • Oh yes, I would definitely refuse to wait the whole year. Besides, I’m sure a month or two of travel would be a financial burden for me. I try to make my trips as cost effective as possible in order to spend more on the kids 🙂

  4. I have been watching u r posts. It shows how interested in art & architecture u r.
    I like u r attitude.if I get a chance can I meet you in India?.
    Apart from it so many useful arts in India.
    For example, in a palm leaf u r past present and future would be written,and u can achieve what u think or u could know u r exactly what to do and what not to do who are u r enemies or friends, like all of our details.
    U can not see such thing in u r contry or any where.
    Thanks mam. Wish you all the best.

    • Thanks a lot for your interest to my blog, Srinivasan. Generally speaking, I avoid all sorts of fortune telling practices, but you’re right, reading one’s present and future on a palm leaf sounds truly unique.

  5. Its really awesome website. Being an Indian i really feel proud when our guest gets good experience from our country. India is the country who believes in “Vasudev Kutumbkam” – The entire world is a family. You too, part of this. Thanks for adding feather in the cap of india.. Happy blogging.

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