Armed with a tent, rucksack, and sleeping bag, and inspired by the writings of Jack Kerouac, Zen poetry, and Eastern philosophy, Padma hitched around England, Scotland and France. He slept in woods, by the side of the road, and on friends' floors. During this period he wrote extensively, often by the side of the road, or under a tree, sheltering from the rain.
Padma's lyrics are very personal, but through drawing on personal experiences and observations, he often makes a wider philosophical or political point. His gentle, lulling guitar technique is embellished with the subtle use of percussion, vintage effects and analog synthesizers, creating a timeless and other-worldly acoustic-based sound.
In 2005 Padma suffered a near-fatal brain haemorrhage, followed by emergency brain surgery. As soon as he was well enough, he packed up, left London, and headed for the hills. When he?s not in the UK performing or recording, Padma now lives in a yurt in the Spanish Pyrennes.