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February 25th, 2017

About being immature at 46…

Shame.

After I so cruelly shared with you a story yesterday about one of India’s most prominent politicians, young Master Rahul Gandhi, there’s a clarification this morning that, in all fairness, you really do need to read.

You do all remember yesterday’s story, right?

How young Rahul Baba (age 46 1/2) is still not mature, according to one of his biggest and most loyal fans, Ms Sheila Dikshit, the former Chief Minister of Delhi.

For those of you not familiar with the workings

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February 24th, 2017

What is the age of maturity in India?

For all the years I have known India, it has always amused me that no matter how old a couple is when they get married, they are always referred to as “the boy” and “the girl,” and their respective families as “the girl’s side” and “the boy’s side”.

There was a family wedding last winter, for example, and though I’m not exactly sure how old the “boy” and the “girl” were, I’d say definitely on the wrong side of 39…and that’s a conservative guess…but “boy” and “girl” they were.

BUT NOW IT HAS ALL JUST BEEN MADE CLEAR.

After 34 […]

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February 24th, 2017

India’s latest bank & its toy money

There are moments in India when you say to yourself (well, I do, quite regularly) “It’s not April Fool’s Day, is it?” because of the sheer crazy stuff you come across.

Moments when you shake your head in amused disbelief at the sheer bonkersness of life.

Like this absolutely delicious story about funny money.

Well, toy money more like it.

Read this story. Go on. And I challenge you not to shake your head in bafflement.

You could NOT make

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February 22nd, 2017

Let’s talk gardening

There’s so much rubbish going on in the world at the moment, a fair amount of it right here in India I might add, that I have decided to ignore it all. Well, for one blog post at least.

Instead of ranting about the latest idiocy from Donald Trump, or the dangers of the air we breathe here in Delhi, or some equally depressing subject, I have decided to talk about my garden.

Far nicer topic.

The weather here is hotting up on a daily basis, and it looks as though we might well be fast-forwarding, completely bypassing spring and […]

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February 20th, 2017

Fancy a food massage, anyone?

Yes, you read me right.

Food massages are a thing, apparently. Well, at least according to this delicious flyer, tucked inside my morning paper today.

Do you reckon the food massages are linked to the mussels cramp? One can never be too careful with seafood 😛

February 19th, 2017

Photo of the day. Camping on the frozen river Zanskar

Just 3 weeks ago, this was home sweet home.

A huddle of tents, in the snow, buffeted by strong winds.

If ever you needed a reminder of how small & insignificant we are, in the face of Mother Nature – well, here you go.

This was on the Chadar Trek up in Ladakh. An amazing experience. Tough, but too too fabulous.

February 18th, 2017

Driving through Delhi in a vintage car

Today there was a big show of vintage cars in Delhi, but we had our own private tryst with a beautiful old car.

A friend’s 1937 Austin 7 (yes, I know, I know, not actually vintage) had to be driven back from our house, where she has been having some TLC, and so 3 of us travelled across Delhi in this gorgeous car, to return her.

And you know what?

If you want to make people in the Delhi traffic smile and wave at you – drive an old car.

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February 16th, 2017

This is for the birds. No, really it is!

Dear reader (wherever you are), if you’re up for it, this weekend we can ALL do our bit, together, and all for the same cause.

Sounds interesting?

Read on. Whether you’re here in India or anywhere on this wonderful planet of ours – we can all help contribute to the success of the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Just imagine: a global effort to record as many backyard birds over this coming weekend. Here you go – read this article

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February 15th, 2017

Photo of the day. Fire & ice

Just a couple of weeks ago, this was the scene at our campsite in Ladakh, up in the Indian Himalayas, as we battled extreme cold, snowy conditions and – paradoxically – a river that wasn’t frozen enough for us to walk its full length.

Our wonderful porters gathered any driftwood they could find, and made us a fire.

Bliss.

And amazing high altitude service.

February 15th, 2017

Indian English on dazzling display

I am grateful to the fearsomely talented Tunku Varadarajan for alerting me to the 570 page judgement of the Supreme Court yesterday, on a corruption case involving a late Chief minister of Tamil Nadu, her aide who just tried to ‘inherit” the position of CM, and some other folk who…

“Yes, yes,” I hear you cry. “Never mind about these venal people. What about the dazzling display of Indian English you promised us?”

OK, friends. Try this out for size 🙂

Is that not

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February 7th, 2017

We learn to rock climb. Sort of.

I am still s-l-o-w-l-y coming down to earth, after a fabulous trip to Ladakh, for the Chadar Trek.

City life, noise, traffic – all seem far too jarring, after the stupendous beauty of Ladakh, so I am clinging on to my memories as hard as I can.

There are so many moments to share, and so many breathtaking images to show you, that it will take days…and even then, memories may well not be in sequential order. Like now.

Having just finished editing a batch of photos from 1 of the 2 cameras I used on the trip, I thought […]

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February 6th, 2017

“Mountains are the cathedrals where I practice my religion”

When you look at an image like this from our Chadar Trek last week, the words of the late Anatoli Boukreev make such perfect sense:

“Mountains are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.”

Dazzling peaks, deep blue skies, pristine snow…how beautiful and wonderful the world is, seen from this privileged vantage point.

The views we had on our trek were breathtaking, day after day after day.

I couldn’t get enough of them.

Such beauty…