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August 26th, 2016

Delhi is a sick place at the moment. Literally.

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If there is one common thread to many conversations in Delhi these days, it is how sick everyone is.

Viral fever.

Dengue.

Chikungunya.

Seemingly everyone is sick.

In our own household, the staff are in various stages of recovery, mainly at the swollen and painful joints stage.

The chowkidar is slowly recovering from what I suspect was chikungunya,

The lovely Rajni who gives me massages – her husband is down with suspected chikungunya.

My mother in law is recovering from chikungunya.

My daughter is sick with what we hope is “only” a viral fever and not chikungunya, but only the […]

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August 25th, 2016

Citizen Reporter. Mission (sort of) accomplished

Credit given where credit’s due.

The TOI Citizen Reporter app worked for me, and I think their write up this morning was more than fair. There’s no disguising the fact that it took SDMC 2 weeks to replace a rusty old bin with a filthy obviously used plastic bin.

Imagine my dismay when, earlier today, I drove past the 2nd bin I’ve also been campaigning for and…yes…oh woe is me…it hasn’t been

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August 24th, 2016

It really is time to put up or shut up!

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Do you remember that I talked 2 weeks ago, about a new initiative from the Times of India called TOI CITIZEN REPORTER?

About a free app that you download and use to alert the paper about civic issues (inter alias) and the paper then follows up?

Here – this is the link, to refresh your memory 🙂

On August 10th I reported to the TOI that a wastepaper bin near my house had been bottom-less for years. 5 years for sure, and almost certainly more, but I only had documented proof from 5 years ago.

On August

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August 24th, 2016

I have no words…

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I’ve used this blog title before, I know. But the horror remains.

Am not trying to cop out here by not writing much, truly – but I have no words.

Anger.

Fury.

But no words that can have any effect.

If you can bear to read the details…

August 22nd, 2016

India’s VIP culture on show. Again.

I don’t need to say anything, do I?

The picture says it all.

August 22nd, 2016

Right, Mr. Indian Sports Minister…

The Olympics are over.

India got 2 medals.

And now the country needs some answers. Big time.

Read this and then tell me if you are as outraged as I am:

It’s not just because I’ve suddenly become a runner, truly it isn’t, but having run 2 marathons I can certainly understand this poor young woman’s trauma. It was bad enough in my last marathon when they provided water in cups not bottles, and we all started

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August 20th, 2016

India’s #GIRLPOWER

Yesterday India got her 2nd medal at the Rio Olympics, and the whole country erupted into a frenzy of joy and pride and patriotism and #girlpowerdom.

I am delighted for the 2 young ladies who won a bronze in wrestling and a silver in badminton respectively, and so I won’t be a spoilsport and rain on India’s parade. But please do just bear in mind, people, as you celebrate all over social media, that our officials and their hangers-on still have a lot, as in a LOT, to answer for.

2 medals isn’t exactly a haul, and yet there were/still […]

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August 17th, 2016

India’s 14 second “no staring” law

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Ladies, got your stopwatches out?

14 seconds & counting.

In a country beset with sexual violence and with a patriarchal mindset, THIS is what one official from Kerala has come up with.

What a plonker.

“There are sections in law to jail a man for annoyingly staring at a woman for 14 seconds.”

Really?

Really & truly, does such a section “in law” exist?

If so, won’t one of you please send me the reference?

And if so, does any one have any idea

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August 17th, 2016

India. The Olympics. The officials. Oh, yes, and the athletes

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I may not be an Indian by citizenship, but I am most definitely an Indian by marriage, children, residence and – more pertinently for this blog post – by tax status.

In as much as I follow sport, yes, it’s great that the old home country, the U.K., is doing so well in the Olympics, just as it is equally shameful how shockingly Indian athletes are treated by their country’s officialdom.

As at the time of writing – midday on Wednesday 17th – India has no medals at all.

None.

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August 14th, 2016

The word of the day here in India is “PRODUNOVA”

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Produnova.

This is the word that is on everyone’s lips today as the whole country, seemingly, waits for the Women’s Gymnastics vault final late tonight.

For a country starved of medals in the Rio Olympics (zero at the time of writing) and totally embarrassed by its sports minister who was publicly reprimanded by Rio officials for his high-handed ways, India has put all its hopes on a young girl from the NE of the country.

India isn’t famed for its gymnastic successes at the Olympics, so the mere fact that Dipa Karmakar has reached the finals is something.

And the […]

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August 13th, 2016

The weird & wonderful tale of the Indian snow-plough

Right, your daft story of the day coming up. I’m psyching myself up to tackle some pretty nasty stories later on in the blog, and so – coward that I am – am taking the easy way out by starting with this story.

Even so, this story is, of course, based on (possibly) corruption and (definitely) a shameful contempt for public money. But it is so daft that I have to share it with you.

So, here we are, in Uttar Pradesh, where, as the venerable Times of India says in the article below “temperatures of 45 Celsius and above

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August 11th, 2016

Time to put up or shut up

Right.

Cards-on-table time.

Even though it is my forever home, Delhi is a city that infuriates me much of the time.

The fact that the city is so unsafe for women.

The needlessly aggressive, pointlessly noisy traffic.

The total lack of any civic sense, leading to spitting, peeing, throwing rubbish wherever you want, whenever you want.

The encroachment of pavement/footpaths which are brazenly taken over by people to park their cars, park their guard huts.

Oh, I could go on and on and then some (and I frequently do in this blog, when I have one of my periodic venting […]

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