TRAVELS WITH NINA

is the online portfolio and journal of Australian travel writer Nina Karnikowski.

MISSION TO MUMBAI: VIDEO

MISSION TO MUMBAI: VIDEO

Oh Mumbai, how I’d missed you. It had been two years since I’d seen you, and my heart was aching for you. I’d missed your chaotic overcrowded streets, your beaten up black and yellow taxis, your holy cows. I’d missed your Bollywood fever, your vibrant markets, your grimy gothic buildings. I’d even missed your smell: a mix of […]

LESSONS FROM INDIA: TRAVELOSOPHY

LESSONS FROM INDIA: TRAVELOSOPHY

Last night I lay in bed listening to an Australian Writers’ Centre podcast in which memoirist Patti Miller was interviewed about her latest book, Ransacking Paris. The book’s about the year she spent living in France’s city of lights a decade ago, so she was talking about how important perspective is in figuring out how our travels and life experiences […]

24 HOURS IN MUMBAI

24 HOURS IN MUMBAI

Welcome to Mumbai. A city where everything – the crowds, the traffic, the noise, the smells – is dialed up to 11… then bumped up another notch just for the heck of it. A chaotic, colourful, often confronting corner of the globe crammed with 20 million people; the home of Bollywood and India’s City of […]

BOMBAY BAR LINE BABES

BOMBAY BAR LINE BABES

Five young Indian girls in bejeweled saris stand awkwardly at the wall of the Bombay bar. The men at the tiny tables opposite just sit there staring, beers and stacks of ten rupee notes in front of them. There’s tinny Bollywood music playing and a couple of the girls occasionally lip-sync along. Mostly, they just giggle amongst themselves, sometimes lifting their kohl-rimmed […]

SLUMCAT MILLIONAIRE: INDIA

SLUMCAT MILLIONAIRE: INDIA

It was a dark and stormy night. The city was Mumbai, the time 1am. My husband and I had been out with friends, and as they dropped us back to our seaside apartment in Colaba (where we lived for nine months) we’d invited them to step out of the idling taxi to catch a glimpse of […]