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July 23rd, 2017

The wonderful world of Jane Austen. In Pakistan.

This is by far the best story I found in my morning papers today.

Amidst a diet of rape, and civic infrastructure woes, and child abuse, and servant abuse – ugh, it was a miserable news round up – so yes, amidst this depressing scenario, let’s hear it for the wonderful ladies of Pakistan who are huge Jane Austen fans.

This is an absolute gem of a story. I love, love, love the ideas of the good ladies of Islamabad donning empire-waist dresses & carrying reticules. Too wonderful.

I love the Mr. Darcy moment. Come to think of it, who […]

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July 21st, 2017

In the name of God?

Right, folks.

I am about to appeal for information and for some explanations.

Earlier this morning, driving back from my run, I was caught up in crazy traffic scenes, courtesy kanwariyas.

For the benefit of non-Indian readers, let me give you a quick low-down on kanwariyas – with a request to my local readers that if I am incorrect, please, please correct me.

As far as I understand it, kanwariyas are followers of Shiva, and for a few weeks a year, usually July-August, they make a pilgrimage from Gaumukh or Haridwar, up in the Himalayas, back to their homes, carrying […]

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July 20th, 2017

India thinking of bidding for the 2032 Olympics?


Can you hear me weeping and wailing and gnashing my teeth from here?

Quick apology before I start.

After getting mucho flak from my family some time ago, for putting newspaper cuttings in the blog & then just commenting on them, I have consciously not done so for quite some time.

Forgive me, however, if I do so today, but I think you all need to read what has got me so upset this morning.

Here you go: THIS is what got me all riled up this rainy Delhi morning, when the street outside my house was flooded after […]

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July 17th, 2017

Rain & roses

I’ve been very negligent of this blog these last few weeks, I freely admit. I start off every day, energised & positive after my early morning run, and once home, I settle down with a coffee and the morning papers and then – wham, just like that – my mood is gone.

Dunno what’s happening, but there seems to be a pall of doom and gloom over India – well, over the Indian news at least – and starting every day with a diet of rape, corruption and civic woes does get to one, after a while.

Though I am […]

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