A travel photo book for my mom

A travel photo book for my mom

In a couple of months my mom is coming to visit us in India for the fifth time. I love this feeling of excitement when something pleasant is going to happen in the nearest future. Adriana, Alexandra and Ares (my kids, in case you’re new here) are waiting for her with great anticipation, and so ...read more »

Souvenirs I buy when traveling (and whether I should do so :) )

Souvenirs I buy when traveling (and whether I should do so :) )

It’s no secret that every tourist destination has a plethora of souvenir shop of every possible kind. Even if you choose to go off the beaten path, the chances are you’ll come upon an undismayed shop owner who’ll be more than happy to show you his treasury of travel souvenirs. There you'll find fridge magnets, ...read more »

Visiting a fruit market in India

Visiting a fruit market in India

Every time I visit a fruit market in India, I can't stop admiring how carefully and even artistically they arrange the fruits. You walk along the pyramids of oranges, pomegranates, guavas, apples, pears, chikkus, pineapples, custard apples and plums enjoying the variety of colors and fragrances. This time I went there in the evening, so ...read more »

My hobbies in India: stocking flower arrangement

My hobbies in India: stocking flower arrangement

I've never been much into handicraft, but at some point of my life in India I decided to try making stocking flowers - firstly, expecting my first child I had lots of free time, secondly, it felt a bit lonely and keeping myself occupied was a nice solution, and thirdly, my husband's aunt inspired me ...read more »

What to drink in India: coconut water!

What to drink in India: coconut water!

To be honest, my favorite beverage in India is a [url=http://www.indiapalette.com/forums/topic/morning-walks-in-india/#post-2519]sugar-cane juice[/url] - all the other juices, cocktails, smoothies, shakes etc. don't even come close. Sugar-cane juice is refreshing, delicious, nutritious and cheap. The only problem, it's not hygienic. You don't want to know what sort of water street sellers use for the ice-cubes and ...read more »

A mysterious flower from Dadar flower market

A mysterious flower from Dadar flower market

I wonder how come such a flower enthusiast as me has never been to Dadar flower market yet. I guess  it has a lot to do with timing - being a typical "owl", I find it extremely difficult to wake up early in the morning. Alas, the best time to visit Dadar wholesale flower market ...read more »

Diwali sweets – getting ready for the grandest festival

Diwali sweets – getting ready for the grandest festival

You know that feeling of joyful expectation just before Christmas? Something like that I'm experiencing at the moment - the grandest Indian festival, Diwali, is just  a weak away. I know I have very little to do with it, but when the whole city is GETTING READY, selling lanterns, decorations, fireworks and lights, it's impossible ...read more »

What to buy in India – souvenirs, spices, sweets and not only (1st part)

What to buy in India – souvenirs, spices, sweets and not only (1st part)

Since I’ve moved to India we’ve hosted a number of people and the question what to buy in India was one of the most frequently asked. And while some of them could think of dozens of options, the others kept wasting their time in searches of the legendary Indian tea. So, I just thought I ...read more »