About Naomi Canton

Briton Naomi Canton went to Glastonbury Rock Festival while sitting her school exams and backpacked around India alone at the age of 19. Her parents thought she would settle down and marry an investment banker when she went to Oxford University to study Japanese. Little did they expect the Ivory Towers would transform their precious daughter into a left wing rebel, who instead used the course to learn about Buddhism, and upon graduation signed on the dole to join the Free Tibet Campaign. Several years later she gave up Japanese to study Hindi. In 2007, her adventurous streak took hold again and she informed her parents she was giving up her plush Norfolk apartment to work at the Hindustan Times in Mumbai.

When I started planning to move to India in 2005, my friends said I was mad. “How can you work in a newspaper there? You don’t even speak Hindi,” one said. [Read more]

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“India has an amazing ability to muddle up things. The goons in Bihar are running the show when the country is aspiring to be a world leader,” author Charles Allen once said in an interview to Hindustan Times. [Read more]

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Ok, well for those of you that said I was being over optimistic with the dating of ‘my new Indian male interest,’  err, well you were right. It lasted three weeks, to the day.

Good thing, probably, as neither of us wasted the other’s time. [Read more]

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I watched Spain beat the Netherlands in the World Cup in a small trendy but casual Moroccan-style café/bar called Mocha in Mumbai on Sunday night. The atmosphere was amazing. [Read more]

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I have spent the past few days with monsoon food poisoning and been stuck in my flat together with my cats for a few days, waiting for the diarrhoea to wear off, and also to gather my strength. I went nowhere and did nothing and so was panicking about what would I write about in this blog. [Read more]

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