In response to the many people who have commented very favourably on the descriptions in Kilingiri and asked if they were based on first hand experiences of the locations, the answer is yes. I lived in Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong for twenty two years and although I spent six years in India, it was at a boarding school in Kodaikanal, a very different location to Delhi which I visited many years later with my husband and oldest son Benedict who was then two and a half. People thought Simon and I were totally insane to cart a small child round India but despite all the gloomy predictions he survived unscathed, learned how to say Namaste and ride on elephants. I conceived our youngest Sam there so my bump was referred to as a Delhi Belly – a bit mean as it’s an euphemism for a bad attack of the trots!
In this blog I’m including scenes from Kashmir as seen by Nina and Michael. I am lucky to have an album of Kashmiri scenes – the photos were wonderful memory joggers while I was writing – but unfortunately many have faded with the passage of time and lousy storage so I’ve pinched some from the net!