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June 28th, 2016

Bringing you the good news stories from India

There are times when reading my morning papers here in India becomes an effort in survival.

In a sad reflection of society, there is hardly a day goes by without a story about rape and sexual attacks.

Of late there have been stories about campaigns to stop open defecation.


A bit much for first thing in the morning.

These are all issues that must be/have to be/should be/need to be addressed, and I often tackle them here in my blog.

It’s just that sometimes, the morning seems ugly and blighted almost before it’s begun.

So, in an effort to […]

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June 26th, 2016

Arrested. The girl who was not a “topper” at all

Vaishali: Youths climbing the building of an examination centre to help the candidates in cheating, by passing notes through the windows, during a Matriculation examination in Hajipur, on Wednesday. PTI Photo (PTI3_19_2015_000204B)

Well, well, well.

For once justice has caught up with a wrong-doer, and in super-quick time.

Remember Ruby, the so-called “topper” from Bihar who thought that “prodigal science” (aka political science) was all about cooking? Here, if you have somehow forgotten this astonishing story, here’s a link to my original blog post.

This was at the beginning of the month, and this weekend, young Ruby was arrested:

Boy oh boy, I bet she bitterly regrets giving an

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June 26th, 2016

Of nonsense verse & Brexit. #justbecause

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Gotta love social media. Which is how I found this utterly brilliant nonsense verse about Brexit, courtesy of a competition in The Spectator.

How clever some people are – in the best, brainy sense of the word.

Just love this and it is my undisputed #justbecause post today.

A nonsense verse on the referendum

‘Twas brexit and the merkyl foes Did corbinate ’gainst lyb and labe. All quipsy were the borisgoves And the eukalips outgrabe. He took his spressie sword in hand; Longtime with brussel brouts he fought; On refugees by the kalaytrees He

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June 21st, 2016

The mountains are calling…

…and I must go.

I really must. But not quite yet.

3 months today, I leave for my next big adventure in the hills.

Can’t wait.

And as if on cue, all day long, my thoughts have been resolutely up there in the clean hills, about as far removed from hot, polluted, noisy, waiting-for-the-monsoons Delhi as you can get.

3 months and counting.

June 14th, 2016

Happy birthday Donald Trump


I am GUTTED that I didn’t receive an invite to what was clearly the party of the day.

Truth be told, I didn’t even know it was taking place, or I think I must just have gone along for a look see.

Just look at the fun and jollifications that were had by all those present today:


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June 14th, 2016

Wow. A graduate at 12…trained teacher at 13…Master’s at 15

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I tell you, some people in life are super-achievers.

Take, for example, the wife of the man who was the chairman of the Bihar School Examination Board. You remember, surely? This is the outfit that adjudged one Ms Ruby Ray to be a “topper” despite her assertion that “prodigal science” was about cooking.

By the way, Mr. Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh, who went on record as saying Ruby’s papers were “perfect” has done a runner.

Nowhere to be found is our Mr. Singh.

Now, Mr. Singh has a wife, one Usha Sinha, who is astoundingly clever and qualified.

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June 7th, 2016

Driverless pods? Suspended on a rope? In Delhi?!


If it were not the 7th of June, I’d swear it was April Fool’s Day.

Hubby dearest nearly fell off his chair laughing as he read this out to me just now:

“Government’s ambitious Rs 4,000 crore ‘Metrino’ public transport project, which will enable traveling in driverless pods suspended on a ropeway in the national capital region, is scheduled to hit the ground in the next two months, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today…”

Before we talk any further about this scheme, please re-read this opening para from the venerable Economic Times, and note where I have underlined, and now […]

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June 7th, 2016

Dealing with Delhi’s brutal heat

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My word but it is hot in Delhi. (And the rest of north India, of course.)

Those readers who live here know for themselves what the weather is like, but for those of you living in cooler climes, you’re going to have to take my word for it – Delhi is brutally hot, and will remain so until the rains come, when a whole host of other issues will surface.

But we’ll leave those problems for another day, shall we?

For today, though, the issue is getting through yet another day of heat and power cuts.

And we are the […]

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June 7th, 2016

Your Hindi word of the day is “ghara”


As in the traditional clay pot used to store water in India. Like so:

We’e installing one today outside our house in the street, for people to use.

The least one can do in this brutal heat.

June 6th, 2016

RIP India’s first Mr. Universe



What a sweet story.

India’s first Mr. Universe has just died, aged 104.


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June 5th, 2016

How the Delhi police is planning to speak English with a “foreign” accent

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The backstory here is that over the last few weeks, there have been a number of attacks on Africans living here in Delhi.

In one attack last week, a Congolese man was battered to death by a group of drunken yobbos.

Now, I have very mixed feelings about the report below.

On a superficial level it is pretty hilarious, the idea of teaching yer average Delhi cop to speak with an African accent. Once they’ve “picked up” English first, of course. So first learn English, then master an “different” accents.

But, of course, this all begs the question – which […]

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June 5th, 2016

Phew, what a scorcher!

Gotta love the Brits.

“Highs of 25C are predicted across the south by Sunday as forecasters claim it could be the start of a long, hot summer.”


A high of 25C?


It was 32C when I got up at 5 am, so get away with you! There was also 69% humidity, by the way, which made the heat seem worse.

Look, to be fair, at a lovely birthday dinner outdoors last night, everyone was muttering about the heat, but it was very, very hot and very, very humid, so yes, agreed, we all tend to grumble about our […]

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