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May 23rd, 2016

Thunder! Wind! Rain! Happiness!


You don’t HAVE to live in Delhi to understand the title of this blog post, but it certainly helps.

After weeks of brutal temperatures – mid 40sC day after day – this afternoon, the skies darkened, as a massive “aandhi” or dust-storm hit Delhi.

The plant pots on my roof terrace went down like ninepins,

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May 23rd, 2016

Your Hindi word of the day is “aandhi”


Ah, WHAT a welcome thing an “aandhi” is at this time of the year.

An “aandhi” is a dust storm, a squall – such as the one we had this afternoon, which rapidly brought the temperature down by 10 whole delicious degrees. It also deposited a load of dust everywhere, but hey! there’s dust all over Delhi anyway.

And here is the aandhi in action, earlier this afternnon:


May 22nd, 2016

Meet Kuntal Joisher. Everest summiteer

I am pleased as punch today, having learned that my Mumbai-based friend Kuntal Joisher, with whom I climbed my very first “proper” mountain in 2013, summited Mount Everest on 19th May.

He’s now safely back at Base Camp and everyone who knows and cares about him is thrilled. And, by association, proud.

Imagine, the first vegan to have climbed Everest, and he was the sweet, kind, young man who chivvied me along and encouraged me to climb my own personal Everest 3 summers ago.

This was Kuntal’s 3rd attempt, after the tragedies of 2014 and 2015, where he scared the […]

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May 20th, 2016

Crazy record-breaking heat


Here in Delhi, pretty much all we are talking about at the moment is the heat.

‘cos it’s hot. As in heatwave hot.

It’s always above 30C when I get up at 5am to go running, and we are getting lots of power cuts

My phone widget showed 47C the day before yesterday.

So, yes, all in all,

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May 17th, 2016

My #justbecause moment today comes from China

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And it is courtesy of my son Hari who lives there.

I defy ANY of you to feel anything but warm & fuzzy after watching this way-too-cute-to-handle video of panda cubs.

All part of the service, getting you through the day with a smile 🙂

Thanks Hari.

May 11th, 2016

Today’s #justbecause story

I have my son Hari to thank for sharing this link with me. It made me smile and so it totally qualifies as a #justbecause story to share with you all.

No Indian connection, but that’s the whole point of this new section of the blog 🙂

I’m just amazed that 10 years ago we were downloading music from the internet…

May 10th, 2016

Introducing a sari for swimming

I owe the following story entirely to the wonderful folk at Brown Paper Bag, who are always bang on trend, and sleuth out the most amazing places and things, and share them with all we armchair warriors. If you are not already on their mailing list, do sign up.

So, yes, I received an interesting email this morning telling me about the latest venture of the talented Ms Mandira Bedi.

Lycra swimming saris.

I kid you not.


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May 9th, 2016

Photo of the day – a tartan turban

Did you ever see anything more fabulous in your life?

Presenting Colonel Alexander Gardner, who served in the Artillery under Maharaja Ranjit Singh of the Sikh Empire in the 1830s.

I absolutely love, love, love that turban 🙂

I found this wonderful image on Twitter, on the feed of @HistoricalImages. Now for a little research into the elegant Colonel. If I come up with anything, I’ll keep you posted.

May 8th, 2016

Differential equations? “Ooh, that looks like the kinda stuff a terrorist would do”


The story below is so bonkers, so completely mad, that you could not make it up if you tried.

And yet it happened a couple of days ago in the good ol’ US of A…

And it is most definitely my #justbecause moment today.

My friend Romit Basu, who posted it on Facebook says this level of crass ignorance shows that the Americans basically deserve someone as dim as Trump as their President (that IS what you meant, right, Romit?).

Read on, roll

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May 6th, 2016

David Attenborough & the fabulous DIY great apes (#justbecause)

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I absolutely love my new “Just because” section of my blog. Can’t honestly figure out why I waited for so long, before launching it.

There is, admittedly, so much to be said about India, but there are also many moments when I see something, watch something completely unrelated to the subcontinent and SO want to share it with you all – and now I can.

Win win.

Today’s #justbecause moment is this extraordinary film from the BBC, starring a DIY-loving orang utan in Borneo, and the about-to-turn-90 Sir David Attenborough. (It’s his 90th birthday this weekend). The Beeb is celebrating […]

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May 6th, 2016

Mrs & Master Gandhi, spare us your crocodile tears



If even the venerable old Times of India puts the word democracy in inverted commas, then I think the mother and son duo of Sonia Gandhi & Rahul baba should perhaps get the message.

Marching for “democracy”, courting arrest – oh for goodness sake. What do you take the country for? This is not the dying days of the Raj, for crying out loud. You are not courting arrest in order to force the hand of the colonial

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May 5th, 2016

Just because


This post has nothing to do with India/Delhi at all.

But I just read a story online, loved it SO much and wanted to share it with you all.

“Oh, but it’s not India-centric”, I said to myself, in disappointment 🙁

“Hey,” I promptly replied to myself, “this IS your own personal blog, after all. So you can pretty much do what you like.” 🙂

And thus a new section of this blog has been created.

Just because.

It’ll feature things that I love and just have to share, Indian or not. #justbecause

Like Claire Danes’ dress the other night […]

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