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February 24th, 2015

Running in the most polluted city in the world

So, India has finally overtaken the Chinese.

Yaay, yippee yaay, do I hear you cry?

Please don’t cheer, because all that India has done is win the top spot in the most polluted city in the world stakes, with Delhi (where I live) now being, apparently, more polluted than Beijing.

Hardly an accolade to be proud of.

Most of the time, however, I simply don’t buy into this alarmist news.

Yes, our winters are shrouded in fog, but we have been told for so many years that our annual winter fog is because of those pesky farmers in Punjab burning […]

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January 19th, 2015

Thank you Mumbai. You are the best!

You have been warned.

Unadulterated love fest with Mumbai coming up.

So if you are averse to lots of love for one of India’s most fabulous cities, then feel free to skip this blog post.

If, however, you are happy to hear me burble on about the awesomeness of the people of Bombay – read on.

As I think you may know by now, I went to Mumbai to run in the half marathon yesterday, which I did, and thoroughy enjoyed, and even bettered my time, much to my delight.

The exuberance and crowd participation and cheering and support of […]

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January 9th, 2015

Now who’s making a monkey out of whom?

There are way too many monkeys in Delhi, that we all know. And that’s without counting all our politicians.

Not that everything I talk about these days has to be connected to running, but monkeys certainly are. Let me explain.

When I run in Lutyens Delhi, they are all over the place, and along with everyone else, I get out of the way of the bold aggressive Rhesus Macaques that roam around with impunity. They are not nice critters, and one has heard so many stories of people being attacked by them, that discretion is decidedly the better part of […]

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January 5th, 2015

How do you replicate Mumbai in Delhi?

That was the question on my lips early this morning as I sat shivering in 7C whilst checking the Mumbai temperature – 27C at 6.30am. (Is that possible? Or was my weather widget so frozen it couldn’t think straight?)

Be that as it may, the fact remains that in 10 days I shall be in Mumbai to run a half marathon and it is going to be hot & humid. As opposed to miserably cold & foggy. Bring it on, say I.

But one has to do a certain amount of preparation, and so today I piled on the warmies […]

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