About us


The me is actually a we, that’s Manjula and Stephen. Who live in Mysore, South India. This site is intended to provide insights into our life in India and will include:

Manjula’s Story

Manjula was born and brought up in South India in and around the Royal City of Mysore. She’s lived in Mumbai for over ten years working for a family and has now managed to tolerate working for and with Stephen (and all the rest!) for almost exactly nine years. Her English is pretty good, admittedly with a bit of a Yorkshire accent. We’ll hear from her directly and she will record her personal story and view on life in her mother tongue: Kannada for a good friend of ours to transcribe and translate to be included on this site.

Our life together

in the mainly wonderful, often confusing, occasionally irritating and amazingly paradoxical India. There are tremendous cultural and material differences between us, our origins and the lives we’ve led. There are also sometimes astonishing similarities, not least our sense of humour. So as with India we promise to be ‘consistently inconsistent’. Sometimes you might need to delve a little deeper to see the whole story, as we do afterall live in a relatively parochial city. Well, let’s not be shy. Yes Manjula and I first met when she came to cook and clean at what is still our home which we share with our guests as Mysore Bed and Breakfast. We became a couple over three years ago and married in 2018

Stephen’s Story

I’m from the UK and first fell in love with India and its people, twelve years ago, after what seemed a lifetime of wanting to get here. I was lucky to get work travelling to India to organise events promoting CSR and designing and delivering leadership training. Eventually I plucked up the courage (or was he pushed!?) and moved to live in Mysore nine years ago. I have two sons  based in London and Vancouver, a grandaughter and a mosaic of experience primarily in the UK working in a range of organisations and communities in  Government, NGOs and Business.

Together we set-up and run the Mysore Bed and Breakfast and provide guided MyCycle tours.  More details of what we do can be found on:

http://www.ManjulasMysore.in or http://www.MyCycle.co for details of what we do

http://www.facebook.com  /MysorebnB or /MyCycle for what’s happpening

Or the more personal and political stuff on http://www.facebook.com/sfindia

http://www.tripadvisor.com for our reviews

Who does what and how we relate already intrigues and amuses our guests but we’ll leave you to decide, should you choose to read on…… This journal, blog, our history is for old, new and about to be friends. You may have stumbled across us, be one of our wonderful guests from over the last five seasons or amongst our tolerant and patient friends, family and colleagues.

Welcome, you’re all friends.

Please join us on the journey….

Manjula and Stephen