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March 13th, 2017

Happy Holi-day

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, world, it’s Holi here in India.

Holi is THE festival of colours par excellence and, incidentally, it’s also a day when we, as a family, don’t venture out at all. Collectively, we’re not fans of all the coloured powder throwing, but it’s a day that most of the country loves.

Our neighbours partied noisily for most of the morning and early afternoon. I think, traditionally, Holi is supposed to stop at noon, but their uber-loud Bollywood music (& screech-y DJ) went on for a couple of extra hours. There’s pin drop silence now as […]

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March 7th, 2017

“Delhi will be like London in a year”

What?

I read the headline again.

No, it was still the same.

Checked the date.

Nope, not April Fool’s Day, but Monday March 6.

In the venerable Times of India. So it must be true.

Just think – within a year, Delhi is going to be like London.

Gosh.

I mean, gosh.

How amazing.

Not that I think everywhere should be like London (God forbid we get their

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March 5th, 2017

Wilfully destroying our heritage

This morning, I went for a run in Lutyens Delhi.

As I was slowly jogging past Safdarjung’s Tomb, on impulse, I decided to take a detour and be a tourist for a while.

I haven’t visited Safdarjung’s Tomb since 2010 during the Commonwealth Games, when my sister and I were the only visitors, wandering round this sublime monument on our own.

Today, very early on a Sunday morning, I had for company a couple doing their pre-wedding shoot and their 2 photographers.

So, all blissed-out at the idea of having this magnificent place pretty much to myself, off I wandered.

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March 2nd, 2017

Ah, NOW I understand…

This little gem, my friends, totally has my vote for the prestigious “Clear as Mud” award.

Excellent stuff, I’m sure you agree.

Gotta love the Times of India.

February 25th, 2017

About being immature at 46…

Shame.

After I so cruelly shared with you a story yesterday about one of India’s most prominent politicians, young Master Rahul Gandhi, there’s a clarification this morning that, in all fairness, you really do need to read.

You do all remember yesterday’s story, right?

How young Rahul Baba (age 46 1/2) is still not mature, according to one of his biggest and most loyal fans, Ms Sheila Dikshit, the former Chief Minister of Delhi.

For those of you not familiar with the workings

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February 24th, 2017

What is the age of maturity in India?

For all the years I have known India, it has always amused me that no matter how old a couple is when they get married, they are always referred to as “the boy” and “the girl,” and their respective families as “the girl’s side” and “the boy’s side”.

There was a family wedding last winter, for example, and though I’m not exactly sure how old the “boy” and the “girl” were, I’d say definitely on the wrong side of 39…and that’s a conservative guess…but “boy” and “girl” they were.

BUT NOW IT HAS ALL JUST BEEN MADE CLEAR.

After 34 […]

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February 24th, 2017

India’s latest bank & its toy money

There are moments in India when you say to yourself (well, I do, quite regularly) “It’s not April Fool’s Day, is it?” because of the sheer crazy stuff you come across.

Moments when you shake your head in amused disbelief at the sheer bonkersness of life.

Like this absolutely delicious story about funny money.

Well, toy money more like it.

Read this story. Go on. And I challenge you not to shake your head in bafflement.

You could NOT make

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February 22nd, 2017

Let’s talk gardening

There’s so much rubbish going on in the world at the moment, a fair amount of it right here in India I might add, that I have decided to ignore it all. Well, for one blog post at least.

Instead of ranting about the latest idiocy from Donald Trump, or the dangers of the air we breathe here in Delhi, or some equally depressing subject, I have decided to talk about my garden.

Far nicer topic.

The weather here is hotting up on a daily basis, and it looks as though we might well be fast-forwarding, completely bypassing spring and […]

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February 20th, 2017

Fancy a food massage, anyone?

Yes, you read me right.

Food massages are a thing, apparently. Well, at least according to this delicious flyer, tucked inside my morning paper today.

Do you reckon the food massages are linked to the mussels cramp? One can never be too careful with seafood 😛

February 19th, 2017

Photo of the day. Camping on the frozen river Zanskar

Just 3 weeks ago, this was home sweet home.

A huddle of tents, in the snow, buffeted by strong winds.

If ever you needed a reminder of how small & insignificant we are, in the face of Mother Nature – well, here you go.

This was on the Chadar Trek up in Ladakh. An amazing experience. Tough, but too too fabulous.

February 18th, 2017

Driving through Delhi in a vintage car

Today there was a big show of vintage cars in Delhi, but we had our own private tryst with a beautiful old car.

A friend’s 1937 Austin 7 (yes, I know, I know, not actually vintage) had to be driven back from our house, where she has been having some TLC, and so 3 of us travelled across Delhi in this gorgeous car, to return her.

And you know what?

If you want to make people in the Delhi traffic smile and wave at you – drive an old car.

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February 16th, 2017

This is for the birds. No, really it is!

Dear reader (wherever you are), if you’re up for it, this weekend we can ALL do our bit, together, and all for the same cause.

Sounds interesting?

Read on. Whether you’re here in India or anywhere on this wonderful planet of ours – we can all help contribute to the success of the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Just imagine: a global effort to record as many backyard birds over this coming weekend. Here you go – read this article

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