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April 6th, 2018

The strange case of the Bollywood star & the slaughtered gazelles

Right, where does one start in trying to explain the Salman Khan verdict?

For Indian readers, or those familiar with the Indian scene, it is simply a case of whether or not you think justice has been done, in a 20 year old poaching case against a swaggering high-profile Bollywood actor.

Nailing my colours to the mast here, I think justice has been done.

And yes, you’re probably right, my use of the adjective “swaggering” just now, is indeed a bit judge-y, but that’s the way this muscle-bound, tight-T-shirt-wearing 52 year old looks to me.

He swaggers across the privileged […]

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April 4th, 2018

It is a truth universally acknowledged…

…that if you drive a classic car in Delhi’s unforgiving traffic, you will get a guaranteed smile.

Or, in the case of the driver of a bright orange DTC bus, a smiling thumbs up and a “bahut buriya” (excellent), as he towered above us at the red light.

There is a definite magic about an old car, and I have yet to see anyone not smile at us in the traffic. Lots of people slow down to take a grab shot with their mobile (they’re the slightly alarming ones, the bikes leaning in super-close to get a photo), but the […]

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April 2nd, 2018

Bharat was indeed bandh today

There is no such thing as a dull day in India.

No. Such. Thing.

Trust me.

Take today, for instance.

We left our friends Shefali & Christopher’s house in the Tirthan Valley at 7 o’clock, to head home to Delhi.

Our car was loaded to the gunwales, because we’d had a puncture, and had to put on the emergency tyre, which is smaller than the actual tyre, which then had to go in the boot because it wouldn’t fit in the prescribed place, thereby reducing luggage space…hey, you are following me here, right?

So, yes, as I said, loaded up […]

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March 28th, 2018

Back in the Valley of the Gods

Am back in my happy place, aka the Tirthan Valley in Himachal.

The sky is the deepest of blues, the Tirthan river is rushing past, below my window; there is non-stop bird-song (though I get that in Delhi, too, to be fair) and something I definitely don’t get in Delhi, there is the sound of drumming for the gods.

The drumming, far off but approaching, is that of a devta (god) on the move. I guess, from the sound, that it’ll be another hour or so before the procession wends its way below our balcony.

We saw 4 different devtas […]

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