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July 23rd, 2017

The wonderful world of Jane Austen. In Pakistan.

This is by far the best story I found in my morning papers today.

Amidst a diet of rape, and civic infrastructure woes, and child abuse, and servant abuse – ugh, it was a miserable news round up – so yes, amidst this depressing scenario, let’s hear it for the wonderful ladies of Pakistan who are huge Jane Austen fans.

This is an absolute gem of a story. I love, love, love the ideas of the good ladies of Islamabad donning empire-waist dresses & carrying reticules. Too wonderful.

I love the Mr. Darcy moment. Come to

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July 21st, 2017

In the name of God?

Right, folks.

I am about to appeal for information and for some explanations.

Earlier this morning, driving back from my run, I was caught up in crazy traffic scenes, courtesy kanwariyas.

For the benefit of non-Indian readers, let me give you a quick low-down on kanwariyas – with a request to my local readers that if I am incorrect, please, please correct me.

As far as I understand it, kanwariyas are followers of Shiva, and for a few weeks a year, usually July-August, they make a pilgrimage from Gaumukh or Haridwar, up in the Himalayas, back to their homes, carrying […]

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July 20th, 2017

India thinking of bidding for the 2032 Olympics?

NOOOOOO.

Can you hear me weeping and wailing and gnashing my teeth from here?

Quick apology before I start.

After getting mucho flak from my family some time ago, for putting newspaper cuttings in the blog & then just commenting on them, I have consciously not done so for quite some time.

Forgive me, however, if I do so today, but I think you all need to read what has got me so upset this morning.

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July 17th, 2017

Rain & roses

I’ve been very negligent of this blog these last few weeks, I freely admit. I start off every day, energised & positive after my early morning run, and once home, I settle down with a coffee and the morning papers and then – wham, just like that – my mood is gone.

Dunno what’s happening, but there seems to be a pall of doom and gloom over India – well, over the Indian news at least – and starting every day with a diet of rape, corruption and civic woes does get to one, after a while.

Though I am […]

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July 9th, 2017

An Indian love story like no other

Social media is an amazing thing.

A Facebook friend of mine, Marryam Reshii, whom I haven’t seen face to face in ages (something we need to rectify, by the way) shared this lovely story yesterday. It is moving and touching and just too, too wonderful. Watch it, & if it doesn’t bring a lump to your throat, you’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din.

LOVE this 🙂

July 7th, 2017

72 years ago today…

Sometimes, one really does need a “feel good” moment.

Actually, who am I kidding?

We all need feel good moments, all of the time.

So, after a miserable trawl through the morning papers which had nothing but gloomy news, it was with much delight that I saw my friend Catriona Child’s Facebook post this morning.

Catriona shared that today would’ve been her parents’ 72nd wedding anniversary.

Let me give you a little bit of background to this wonderful photo.

Catriona’s parents

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July 3rd, 2017

When is the monsoon not THE monsoon?

A question I have often asked myself.

Hubby dearest showed me an article in this morning’s “Economic Times” from which I take much comfort.

Apparently I am not alone in not knowing exactly what is the monsoon and what is merely a pre-monsoon shower.

It’s all to do with the clouds & not the rain, apparently.

I do so love the comment,

“The key, as is helpfully revealed each year but apparently forgotten by most, lies in the shape and size of cloud formations…”

to which I reply “Guilty as charged.”

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June 27th, 2017

No! Don’t ban Chinglish OR Hinglish!

So, the Chinese are to do away with Chinglish, we are told.

How boring.

And how totally inconsiderate to people who love taking photos of daft signs.

The Chinese are going to introduce a new standard English to be used…blah blah blah.

As an editorial in this morning’s “Economic Times” points out, Hinglish is also up there with the hilarious photo-worthy languages of the world, but most of the hilarious errors in Hinglish are due to mispronunciation, rather than mis-translation.

Which is absolutely accurate.

So, in the spirit of celebrating the sheer wonderful-ness of Hinglish, here we go.

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June 26th, 2017

How (surprisingly) green is my terrace

With great reluctance, a few days ago, I left beautiful Himachal and headed back down to the broiling plains. In case you haven’t figured it out over the years, this part of India is one of my favourite places. Not the crass mass-tourism of Manali, but the peaceful Tirthan Valley.

It rained quite a bit while we were up in Himachal, and so everything looked even more beautiful than it usually does. The flowers were spectacular:

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June 15th, 2017

Today is National Dancing Peacock Day

Oh yes, indeed.

It’s a Thing.

Well, now that I’ve just declared it, it’s a Thing.

I dragged myself out for a run this morning (dog-tired doesn’t begin to describe it) and it was the best thing I have done thus far today. Running woke me up, and – most importantly – encouraged me to name today as NDP Day.

National Dancing Peacock Day.

I have never, ever, ever seen as many of these gorgeous birds strutting their stuff as this morning. It was crazy. At every turn there was a bloke shimmying and shimmering in the sunlight.

Like so:

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June 14th, 2017

What happens AFTER a VIP visit

If you read this blog on Saturday – and thank you for so doing, or, if not, why not?! – so yes, if you read my blog, you may remember that I was made to feel a stranger in my own dear local park, which had been totally sanitised for a VIP inauguration. Here you go, for those of you who skipped reading on Saturday – the link to a post about what happens when a Delhi VIP inaugurates something.

I haven’t been to the Aravali Biodiversity Park since, so it was with some degree of trepidation that I set […]

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June 12th, 2017

If only…

Look what fell out from my morning paper today. The business card of one D.K.Verma, promising the concept of linguistic fluency in just one class.

Why, oh why, can’t I find a teacher like D.K.Verma, who can work similar magic with my Hindi?

Just think – “Guarantee to speak in Hindi with fluency. Concept is cleared in one class”…oh, how I dream of clearing such a concept in one class.

I admit to being intrigued at the notion of

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