I found my dog as a puppy (or I should say he found me) on the back streets of Panjim, India, when he crawled out of the jungle. He’d been run over by a motorbike, was starving and flea infested and yet somehow crawled towards me as I was sat having a cigarette. After a trip to the vet where he was jabbed and treated for everything he was stoked up on boiled eggs for a few weeks and has spent the last eight years being loved to bits. The only fly in his ointment was having to fly from India to UK and then do his ‘porridge in the pen’ (quarantine) for six months but somehow we got through it and here we are.
People say he’s a lucky fella. Maybe. But then I’m blessed.
Happy Independence Day to my friends in India of all castes and religions. My memories are as strong as the day I left and I look forward one day to seeing you all again. Jai Hind. Love and blessings . Alan x
On Monday our beautiful grandchildren emigrate to Australia and so we spent a last day with them today at the coast; Skegness. Having lived abroad a couple of times (India and Gibraltar) we know it’s a wonderful opportunity for the children although from a selfish point of view there’s no doubt we’ll miss them. If there is one consolation these days it has to be technology because it’s made this world much smaller and easier to stay in touch with loved ones wherever they are. I guess it’s one of those times when I’m excited (for them) and sad (for us) both at the same time. Wherever they are, they always have our love x x
Happy memories as a working musician in India and UK.
A short video clip from 2008 when I worked as a live musician. It’s only about a minute long but brings back wonderful memories for me. The clip was filmed at Taj Exotica, Goa, India where I worked and the background noise you can hear is the waves of the Arabian Sea.
Singing my song ‘Through the eyes of a child’ with the some of the fabulous children who raised £310 for disadvantaged children in India on behalf of our charity Xanders Children’s Fund. You can listen to the song here on my website.
To learn more about Xanders Children’s Fund and our work in India please visit our newly designed website (freshened up by our very own Miss Katy Holden, school teacher). You can find our website at:
My warmest wishes to my friends and readers in India with much love and prayers that 2014 brings you peace, happiness and prosperity x Alan
This morning as I scraped the ice off the car windows in the dark before setting off to a day in the rat race….memories of India kept me warm…
At the Heritage Village, Arrossim, Goa, India