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March 17th, 2018

In praise of talented friends

When it comes to a super dear friend like the designer Sonam Dubal, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m proudly and unashamedly biased.

If ever I needed to make a full disclosure statement about my relationship with Sonam and his clothes, it would go something like this:

“I have known this lovely man for years, and he has designed many outfits for me and for my daughter Anjulie, and I trust him implicitly when it comes to anything to do with fashion.”

So with this in mind, if you are expecting an impartial, critical review of Sonam’s show […]

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March 15th, 2018

Old fashioned glamour to the fore at India Fashion Week

And so, last night, for a while, I got to hang out with Delhi’s beautiful people, courtesy of Amazon India Fashion Week.

Quick heads up – one of my cousins-by-marriage is the designer Ashish Soni, and so off we trotted, daughter dearest and I, to watch his show, the final show of the first day of India Fashion Week 2018.

And WHAT a show it was. Showmanship in every sense of the word.

Ashish is super well-known for his menswear,

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March 11th, 2018

Now, about our wonderful Delhi weather…

Many, many moons ago, an Indian friend visiting England for the first time, said he had finally understood the British obsession with talking about the weather.

Since Blighty can experience several weather changes in one day, small wonder, he said, that we talk about it all the time. Always an evolving topic of conversation.

Here in Delhi, the weather isn’t unpredictable the way it is in England.

Winters are short, chilly and terrifyingly polluted.

Holi comes, and we head towards summer, which is always long – very long – and hot.

The rains come and wash everything clean.

Then it’s […]

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March 2nd, 2018

Such fun!

Last night we were privileged to be invited for a concert performed by the band of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, and it was one of the jolliest, most easy-going evenings I’ve had in a long time.

The venue, New Delhi’s Siri Fort auditorium, has been the scene of so many horrid concert experiences over the years.

But not last night.

In the past, we have had to wait outside in the street for ages, in long queues, despite having paid tickets, only to be allowed in minutes before curtain up, in an undignified scramble for seats.

No such scenario last […]

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March 1st, 2018

The spring is most definitely sprung

First day of March, folks.

Which means warmer weather on the horizon.

For British friends, shivering in the snow & reeling from the Beast from the East, this might seem like good tidings.

For we Delhi-walas, however, with Holi being celebrated tomorrow, today marks the beginning of the end of the current lovely weather, and of all those gorgeous spring flowers and beautiful blooms, as we hurtle towards summer.

And, if we are to believe what we read in the papers, we’re in for a scorcher this […]

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February 23rd, 2018

A stupendous, fabulous new park in Delhi

Advance warning.

This is going to be nothing but breathless, gushing, enthusiastic praise for THE most amazing park that has just opened to the public.

Yesterday, Delhi’s so-called “Central Park” was opened to the public, and I am blown away by it. The old familiar entrance gates of Sunder Nursery, at the back of Humayun’s Tomb, are the same, but the new vistas…something altogether different.

Thanks to the stellar work done by the totally amazing Aga Khan Trust for Culture,

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February 21st, 2018

Your hindi word of the day – gilhari

Ever since I was given a bird feeder by O.P., one of the lovely fellas in my running group, my balcony has seen even more squirrel activity than usual.


No sooner had we poured in the millet, than the squirrels descended en masse.

They have always hung around on our balcony, scampering across the railing and knocking over the bowls of water I put out for the birds, but the bird feeder brings them in all day long, non-stop. So much so, that I even bought a special dedicated squirrel feeder for them – a glass fronted box, so […]

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February 17th, 2018

007 in trouble in India

I have my British girlfriend Liz Jackson to thank, for alerting me to the news that Pierce Brosnan, aka James Bond, is in trouble with the Delhi government.

Back in 2016, I’d shared with you the news that the dishy Mr. Brosnan was promoting pan masala in an ad that was a pretty poor imitation of a 007 moment.

I love Mr. Brosnan and always have, but his choice of ad left me saddened. Here’s the link, to refresh your memory.

Now it appears that Mr. Brosnan has fallen foul of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, and the […]

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February 16th, 2018

You run & you learn

The regular expression is “you live and you learn”, right?

But this morning’s long slow run through central Delhi was most definitely a case of you run and you learn.

As we ran past Jantar Mantar, we saw a crowd of people seated on the ground, in neat rows, behind a police barricade.

So, naturally, we stopped to see what was happening (“we”, by the way, was my running mate Ripu Daman and yours very truly).

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February 14th, 2018


Indian patriarchy just scored another home goal. Actually 3 home goals.

The Chief Minister of Goa, one Mr. Manohar Parrikar, this week lowered the already very low bar of men patronising women in India, with the following incredible comment:

India’s feisty young women instantly responded in style, posting photos on Twitter of themselves drinking beer, along with the hashtag #girlswhodrinkbeer.

There were photos of girls drinking beer alone, or with their fathers, or with their dogs (that was a

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February 14th, 2018

Memsahib vs Mali

Every day, I open my morning paper hoping against hope that it won’t depress me with its news.

But that hardly ever happens.

Rape, death, communal tension, politics as usual – there they are, day after day, wearing down your spirit, so early in the day.

Today is no exception, so I’m doing that cowardly thing again, and ignoring the news, and shall instead chat about my garden.

Much more satisfying. Well, for me, at least.

February is, I think, the nicest month in Delhi, with a combo of good weather & all the spring flowers out, so it’s a […]

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February 12th, 2018

A beginner’s guide to PLOGGING


Never have I been so bang on trend as these last few days.

What I call “picking up rubbish when I go out for a run” is actually A Thing.

It’s a cool, Swedish inspired Thing and it’s called PLOGGING.

I have always tried to pick up the trash when I go out for a walk and, in the last 4 years since I started running, whenever I go for a run.

Many moons ago, when we lived on the beach in Mauritius, every morning

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