When my daughter Sri went to Bangalore, India to attend her friend’s wedding recently she asked me what I wanted from there, “Mom, what can I get you from India? Do you want a sari? An Indian outfit?” I told Sri all I wanted were some bangles. Really pretty bangles. Continue reading Bangles
When it’s cold and dreary outside, I so crave flowers and color. Many times to satisfy my flower craving every winter I peruse through my weathered collection of gardening books to escape to summer gardens far and wide. Since I love flowers so much I read and re-read through my collection of books dedicated to just flowers with beautiful decadent pictures of flowers, indoor plants, branches, seedpods, and greenery. Which leads me to this post – for someone like me who loves vibrant colors and flowers these photos that my daughter Sri sent from a wedding she attended in India last week in January were the perfect antidote on a dreary rainy week like I had.
Remembering Pea at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya.
Hi folks, for those of you following my blog for a while, you may have read my story on our fun trip to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya last summer. Continue reading Rest In Peace Pea. We Will Miss You.
Mombasa, Kenya. This charming coastal town in South East Kenya is the hometown of Hitesh’s family. Mombasa is different from other cities in Kenya. Because this area was a trading post for Arab merchants who traded between East Africa and the Middle East, you see a lot of Arab influence here, from decor, to architecture, to the people. While majority of people in Kenya are Christian, in this coastal area a lot of the folks are Muslim. You see many mosques and you even hear morning prayer calls from loud speakers in Mombasa. It really is a town with a unique character different from the rest of Kenya. Continue reading Visit to Mombasa, Kenya
When we visited Mombasa, Kenya this past summer, one of the excursions we went on was a dinner cruise on a traditional Arab boat known as a dhow. It was one magical evening cruise. Continue reading Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Tamarind Dhow in Mombasa, Kenya
Our four-day safari in Masai Mara, Kenya was one amazingly spectacular experience. The animals and the scenery we saw on this trip were almost surreal, and now that we are back home it all feels like a dream.
I’ve never been on a hot-air balloon ride, and when I did go on one for the first time, I ended up doing it clear on the other side of the world, in Africa. In Kenya to be specific, over the Masai Mara plains. Crazy, right? What a spectacular experience this was! Continue reading Balloon Safari over Masai Mara, Kenya
When you make a trip to Nairobi, Kenya the two places you must visit especially if you are an animal lover is The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and The Giraffe Centre. This past August when we went to Kenya that is exactly what we did, we stopped by both these conservation centers where we walked away inspired and happy to do more for the wildlife of this region.
Every time we travel to Kenya to visit Hitesh’s family, I would stop by the Kazuri boutique in Nairobi and pick up a bracelet. I have been buying Kazuri bead jewelry for over two decades now, and even today, when I wear those bracelets I get compliments on them. They are timeless pieces. I bought these clay-fired jewelry for their beauty, but what really drew me to this unique jewelry boutique is their business philosophy. Even before fair trade practices became fashionable, and even before empowering women in developing countries became a trend, Kazuri Beads has been providing gainful employment to single women in Kenya for over 30 years now. Continue reading Visit to the Kazuri Bead Factory in Nairobi, Kenya
Folks, this has to be one of the most heart-warming and the most impactful excursions during our trip to Kenya this past summer. Every time we visit Kenya we always make it a point to stop by The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in the Karen neighborhood of Nairobi. And this visit was just as memorable as our previous ones.