Author Archive for Serena Fairfax

Gilli Allan – guest post

Write about what you know ….Really? Books are essential in my life, not because I’m a writer but because I’m a reader. I find it hard to imagine why anyone doesn’t read.   Books fill the mind’s eye with people and…

Freud Museum -London

LONDON You’ve probably often heard the expression Freudian slip. No one knows who coined the phrase but it wasn’t Sigismund Freud the founding father of psychoanalysis who, in his book, The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, published in 1901, concluded that…

Researching A Novel

RESEARCHING A NOVEL   To quote Stephen King: Do the research but don’t overdo it for the reader. I can’t think of anything more awful than having to do research. But just because one is a contemporary fiction writer doesn’t…

Upma – a tasty recipe

Serves 4. Traditionally served at breakfast in south India but can be eaten at any meal. There are many  recipes for upma and this is just one of them. Ingredients:  2 tablespoons of vegetable oil; salt to taste; 100 grams chopped…

The Six Judges

One scorching summer’s day a guru went for a swim in the river Ganges, a long, sacred river that has its source in the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas.  Now a guru is an Indian priest  who is much respected. On…