Getting back to nature

I’m not a big fan of “getting back to nature” on holiday. I would never go camping, I think as a species we’ve evolved past that point and why anyone would want to sleep in a tent without electricity or running water, even for one night, is beyond me. I do enjoy a country walk as long as it ends at a pub or cafe and I’m in my own warm comfy bed at the end of the day. Continue reading

Slum tourism

For many years I’ve been a big fan of Indian literature. Some of my very favourite novels are by Salman Rushdie, Rohinton Mistry, Vikram Seth, Arundhati Roy and Kiran Desai. The slums of India often feature in these books and I’ve long been fascinated by the microcosmic worlds of these cities-within-cities. Continue reading