Welcome 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
~ 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 🙂
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.
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.
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!