Me

I grew up in Edinburgh, read English at Oxford and now work in London as a writer and subeditor. 

This is my personal blog, which I started in India.

Click here for my portfolio of published work; get in touch at griseldamurraybrown@gmail.com.

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This blog began in India…

In June 2008, I left Oxford in a black cab headed East.

I spent three happy weeks in southern India in the company of friends. For the next six weeks, I taught English and arts and crafts in a girls’ school run by the Sambhali Trust in a small village in the Thar desert, western Rajasthan. I was to fly home for my graduation ceremony in October.

But October came and went, and I remained in India. Godparents were written to, apologised to, and reassured that I would, in the near future, graduate, and they would be invited to the event (tea at the Randolph included).

Then Christmas came and went, and I remained in India. Relatives were written to, apologised to, and sent beautifully hand-stitched, wax-sealed cloth parcels (pretty trinkets included).

My experience of India, and the village that held me (voluntarily) captive, I recorded each day in what is now a large stack of journals. My blog posts are distillations of those entries and my thoughts on the people, themes and habits that revealed themselves to me slowly, over time.

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 लाल क़िला

(This explains the name “I Swim Chapati”.)


2 Responses to “Me”

  1. hi Griselda ! we have just had your uncle Chris (& Patrice ) to stay here in Spain so I read your blog & loved it ! I was riding in the Thar Desert in 2000 so the photos were very familiar to me, all those colours…. oooooo…. it makes me miss it all ! Did you know that MONSOON clothes company were the first people to teach the untouchables (at night in the schools when no-one else was there) ? Keep up the good work, I remember you when you were little at Warminghurst with the twins xx Zsa

  2. Hey — Stumbled across your blog, struck by the fact that I went to London just to watch Arcadia too, and I live in India too. Wasn’t it awesome? So moving, so brainy.

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