March 10th, 2014
Easy, easy, easy.
Drive a gorgeous vintage car through hectic rainy Monday morning traffic, that’s how.
So, yes, (hip hip hooray) today we completed the task we started on Friday, namely bringing Himmat’s 1922 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost back home from Greater Kailash, where she has spent the past 40 something years in Raj Seth’s garage.
Through the noisy, unforgiving Delhi traffic.
And you know what? When you drive an old banger, even when she overheats and stops on the Ring Road, you learn that people are far less aggressive than if you were to try and pull the same [...]
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March 9th, 2014
What a day.
Hari flew to Shanghai this morning, to start his new job, which is (a) obviously very exciting for him and (b) obviously horrid for yours very truly, who has been a bit of a wimp all day. First reports from Ground China are enthusiastic, so that’s brilliant.
Trying to cheer ourselves up, we went to watch the polo this afternoon, but as it was the last game of the season, that, too, a tad melancholy. There are many nice people whom we see regularly for a few months at polo games, and then there is a l-o-n-g [...]
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March 8th, 2014
As some of you may know, I am a recent – but super enthusiastic – convert to running, and so if this all gets a tad too gushing, well…tough. I have discovered a love somewhat late in life, and fully intend to enjoy it to the full, and share this enjoyment as much as I can.
Our running group has moved on from our first challenge, our 6km in mid-December, and many of us are now training for our first 10km next Sunday. Actually it’s 10.28km, and that .28 is very important, since we will then be able to claim,
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March 7th, 2014
Today has belonged to a little piece of family history, aka Himmat’s 1922 Silver Ghost.
So, in principle, today was the day when she was scheduled to come “home” after nearly 43 years in the garage of a very, very, very – nay exceedingly – long-suffering friend, Raj Seth who is possibly the country’s leading expert on vintage cars.
There was Himmat + our French friend Bernard Bahout who is here on holiday for Yasmin & Adils’s wedding, and was press-ganged into coming along to help.
I went along to document the moment.
Nar Bahadur and Suraj came to help.
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March 6th, 2014
Last night we had the mother of all thunderstorms in Delhi. I seriously cannot remember when I have heard such explosive thunder and as the rain bucketed down, all I could think was “Oh no, Yasmin and Adil’s lunch tomorrow…”
But of course, as everyone loves a bride, the weather today was beyond perfect. Deep blue sky, everything washed clean in the rain, the flowers in the garden all in perfect bloom. And the happy couple – straight from the Registry Office – being cheered into Gita and Shoki’s garden, for a lovely lunch in perfect Delhi weather.
Here are [...]
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March 3rd, 2014
I know before I even write this post, that all of you who live in Delhi will agree and sympathise with me, whereas those of you who don’t know the city and/or who live in a town with decent public transport, may wonder what the fuss (& possible ranting) is all about.
I say “possible ranting” because who knows where my disorganised & disgruntled thoughts may lead me…
We are blithely told here in Delhi that very day 1000 new private vehicles pour into our roads. That’s private vehicles, so therefore excludes vans, trucks and anything commercial.
Actually, that is [...]
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March 1st, 2014
For (shockingly) only the 2nd time in 2014, I met up with my gang of girls to go running this morning.
It was damp and grey and a little chilly, but utterly brilliant to meet up (after far too long) with these inspirational ladies + our mentor Dr Chauhan + Vish, the physio who saves my bacon over and over again + Neha’s devoted husband who ran with us today.
From our usual 6.45am meeting place in Chanakyapuri, we set out for what is our longest run so far (excluding our star runner, Kathakoli, of course, who eats up half [...]
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February 28th, 2014
I have a sneaky feeling that I may well have shared this photo with you before, but while I was editing some digital photos today – as one does – I came across this brilliant sign and thought, you know what, this is too good, and felt you should all be reminded that all it takes to be an enhanced English speaker is to, well, to enhance your hard work.
Or at least I think that’s what it takes.
Any road up, as we Northerners say, you all know whom to contact for a bit of enhancement.
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February 27th, 2014
…such as a 100 year old fire engine belonging to the Nizam of Hyderabad that has run out of petrol. And the engine is over-heating. Poor thing.
But what a gorgeous vehicle – this quite made my day.
February 25th, 2014
We got back last night from a fabulous 3 day girly weekend in Dubai, “we” being Anjulie (on her 2nd visit), my sister Jane and my niece Helen (both first timers – and converts!) and yours truly, who first visited Dubai in 1991? 1992? when it was a very far cry from the glitzy place it is today. One day I really will fish out those 20+ years old trannies, convert them digitally and do a compare & contrast exercise…
In the meantime, while I edit the hundreds of photos from a weekend of laughter, shopping, mall trawling on an [...]
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February 25th, 2014
Last week, my friend Catriona Child wrote a very moving guest blog post about the death of Nido Tania, a young student from Arunachal Pradesh. If any of you haven’t yet read her beautifully written post, please (I beg you) do so right now by clicking on the link above, and then continue with her follow up post, below.
Deeply committed to the North-East, Catriona has delved deeper into this tragic, heart-breaking story with more zeal than any of our national newspapers.
Please feel free to correct me, but I haven’t read any newspaper report that comes even close to [...]
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February 21st, 2014
You all knew this photo story would have a sad end, didn’t you ?