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January 29th, 2015

That suit cost HOW much?

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Well, well, well.

The plot thickens.

Turns out that The Fabric – the one with Narendra Modi’s name woven into it – may actually be a cunning British plot to…well, you know…

You see, this suit material of distinctly dubious taste might, and I stress the word might, come from, gasp, Savile Row.

Now who’d have thunk that, then?

My British antennae, always tuned to every nuance of Brit-speak, is distinctly uneasy with the following comment from one Mr. Brighty, and I quote,

“It makes the statement that you have arrived. It shows good taste.”

No. It. Does. Not.

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January 27th, 2015

FLOTUS the “fashion hanger”

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, Michelle.

What were you thinking of during this whirlwind trip to Delhi? No shopping? Seriously?

Tut tut, girl.

(This is from the venerable Times of India, folks. You couldn’t make this sexist drivel up if you tried, could you?)

Oh but wait, there’s more…

A fashion hanger. Where DO they recruit their journalists? Sexist AND mixed metaphors.

But, actually, since we are on the subject of Michelle the “fashion hanger”, I might as well go out on a limb here and say I

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January 25th, 2015

The eagle has landed (& is looking pretty flowery & fabulous)

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To wit.

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Went for a run through Lutyens Delhi this morning, fearing the worst (POTUS is in town) but found most streets open, cops uber-relaxed – some of them were far too busy taking selfies with the fab floral offerings at every roundabout – and with very little traffic, and proud “malis” (gardeners) hanging around guarding their confections and posing happily for pictures, the whole thing was too good.

Delhi at her best, in other words.

The eagle was being erected as I ran past. “Yeh hai Amrika ka national bird. Uska naam eagle hai,” the mali told […]

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January 24th, 2015

Breaking news!! India stands up to the U.S.!! (I think)

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Now if this news about POTUS cancelling his trip to Agra to see the Taj Mahal is true, then I for one am cheering.

Not because I especially care either way whether POTUS & FLOTUS get their photo op in front of the Taj, but because it would appear that the Indians have finally said “no” to the Americans and their completely OTT demands.

I am neither Indian nor American, so have no patriotic/emotional feelings either way, but as a resident of India, I guess my sympathies lean more towards the mystic Orient, rather than the we-demand-your-airspace-be-closed-for-our-President-style of the Americans.

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January 22nd, 2015

A real life shaggy dog story

Brow-beaten into weary submission under the avalanche of statistics being thrown at us re POTUS/FLOTUS/the 2 First Teenagers/their entourage (1600 people, 1800 people, 2000 people. At this stage, does it really matter?) I was thrilled beyond belief this morning to read about the dogs.

Yes.

The dogs.

No, no, not the First Dog who, I imagine is staying cosily behind in DC, but the K9 dogs.

So come on, let’s hear it for the American dogs who are coming here to sniff out any explosives we may not have noticed, and to stay in suites at 5 star hotels.

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January 21st, 2015

Actually, POTUS, will you please come & live here in Delhi? For ever.

I am dead serious, my friends.

Yes, yes, I know I was cribbing online about the Obamas just yesterday, but in the light of what I read over my morning cuppa just now, I take it all back.

I publicly and unabashedly retract all my earlier online criticism of the Secret Service sanitising Delhi/the car/the plane/the lockdown.

Listen, these are desperate times, and if the arrival of POTUS, FLOTUS and the girls (do they have acronyms, too, by the way?) gets our streets lit up and tidied up, I am all for it.

I give you the Obama effect.

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January 20th, 2015

Photo of the day: primary coloured drinks

Oh, the things you see (but absolutely don’t taste) in India.

Spotted on Chowpatty Beach last week, when I was in Mumbai.

January 20th, 2015

A couple of questions for POTUS & his minders

Delhi is cold and grey and misty-looking this Tuesday morning. I was actually going to say Delhi is miserable-looking, but I must try and start the day with some degree of optimism. After the warmth and sunshine of Mumbai, it all seems rather gloomy here.

But at least we have the Obama visit to look forward to this weekend.

Quite.

I got rather bored by all the facts and figures in an article I read last night, cataloging the vast amount of men and machinery coming over here to protect POTUS and FLOTUS. But it’s lots and lots, take my […]

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January 19th, 2015

Thank you Mumbai. You are the best!

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You have been warned.

Unadulterated love fest with Mumbai coming up.

So if you are averse to lots of love for one of India’s most fabulous cities, then feel free to skip this blog post.

If, however, you are happy to hear me burble on about the awesomeness of the people of Bombay – read on.

As I think you may know by now, I went to Mumbai to run in the half marathon yesterday, which I did, and thoroughy enjoyed, and even bettered my time, much to my delight.

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January 17th, 2015

Mumbai meri jaan

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Yes, I know, I know, I’ve used this same blog title before in an earlier post about being back in Bombay, but since my love for this city hasn’t abated since then, why not?

I flew here yesterday from cold, grey, rainy, foggy Delhi into lovely weather, so on this basis alone, Mumbai wins hands down.

If anyone saw me arriving, I was the one with the dopey, happy smile on my face, even when stuck in pretty bad traffic approaching Mahim. There is something about this city that makes me happy. Just that. Possibly because Anjulie was born here, […]

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January 13th, 2015

LGBT youth be warned!!

There are times when India is so bonkers that it leaves me speechless. And also angry.

In a country saddled with many real problems – let’s just take sexual violence, poverty and hunger shall we, for starters – you have a minister in the government of Goa saying the following:

Sack him.

Right now.

No discussion.

There is no place in government for ignorant views like this.

And move onto the real issues affecting the youth, such as education and employment.

 

Oh, yes.

Sorry, sorry, sorry, forgot to mention.

After Ban Ki-Moon

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January 13th, 2015

Pretty in pink. All 110 metres of it

The world this last week seems to have gone to hell in a handcart.

Delhi is miserably cold & grey & foggy.

So this story absolutely made my day. 110 metre bridal train. Over 100 bridesmaids.

Bless her.

And look how fabulously smart her groom is, in his morning coat.

My feel good story of the day, friends.