Jason Staines  |  jason.staines@me.com  |  81 posts

Of breasts, horses and temples

April 19, 2011

It's not every day you see a man shagging a horse. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that outside some of the darker circles of humanity, it's not something anyone sees. Unless, that is, you happen to be visiting the World Heritage-listed temples of Khajuraho.

We apologise for the interruption . . .

April 18, 2011

Gora! Gora! Gora! is in the running for the Sydney Writers' Centre's Best Australian Blogs Competition in the "Lifestyle" category. The decision on that winner is made in-house, but if you'd like to show your support, you can vote in the People's Choice category.

Chicken Pepper Fry

April 6, 2011

One of the great hot-weather treats here in India is stopping by the coconut wallah on your way to the market. He'll lop the top off a fresh coconut with a massive machete, stick in a straw and hand it over for you to drink the cool, fresh juice.

Something Fishy This Way Comes

April 6, 2011

I have my suspicions about seafood served inland and I'd decided that Delhi, being most definitely inland, wasn't a great place to go looking for it. Luckily, a Bengali enclave means fresh fish aplenty.

Their cup runneth over

March 31, 2011

Nothing quite compares to the level of passion involved in an India v Pakistan cricket match - Rangers v Celtic; Australia v England; Blur v Oasis - just can't describe the tension and emotional investment of this particular match up.

Auto rickshaws for the people

March 16, 2011

Anyone who has spent time in India will likely have dealt with the country’s auto rickshaws. They’re the lifeblood of every Indian town’s transport system, the buzzing little three-wheelers that carry everything from school kids to schools of, err, kids – yes, I’ve seen a rickshaw full of young goats.

The emperor and the mystic

March 8, 2011

Crumbling ruins, secret tunnels, a curse, patri- and regicide - what's not to love about Delhi's Tughlaqabad Fort?

Prawn malai curry

March 4, 2011

This week's culinary crossing of India stops in Bengal, home to some of the country's finest seafood dishes, for a prawn curry dish.

Enough to drive you to drink

March 1, 2011

In his book, The Theory And Practice Of Travel, Keith Waterhouse observes that nothing quite makes one feel like an alcoholic as the no-man's land between drinks trolleys on a flight. I'd add to that forgetting about "dry days" in India.

Vada Pav

February 24, 2011

I've written before about my love of Bombay's favourite street food, vada pav - the city's street-side veggie burger that is a little celebration of the carbohydrate. Not everyone can get to Bombay to partake, so this home-made version will suffice till you can get there and sample it yourself.