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November 17th, 2017

Of pollution. And rain. And the farmers. And…

Back in Delhi, after a few days on the farm, and in countdown mode to the half marathon on Sunday, and the air quality is still a mess.

As is the official reaction, which is all over the place.

In my morning paper, on the front page, I read this, which implies stubble burning is an important factor:

But hang on a mo! On Page 3 we read:

Talk about the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing.

My running group Whatsapp chat was ablaze this morning with “sightings” of drizzle in this or that […]

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November 14th, 2017

Fleeing Delhi’s foul air. Literally.

For a few days, we have fled the filthy Delhi air and come to the farm in rural Haryana.

I’m sitting outside as I write, and, guess what, the sky is blue.

Pale blue, admittedly.

But blue all the same.

After a week of filthy air and grey skies and wearing a vogmask inside the house, at least one can breathe here.

The idea is not only to escape the toxic air, but also to try and get myself into some kind of better shape, in case I do decide to run the half marathon this Sunday in Delhi.

It’s […]

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November 10th, 2017

I declare Winter 2017 officially open in Delhi

This evening I had my first true harbinger of winter.

Not the fog.

Not the wedding invitations starting to arrive (cue party party party).

Nope.

My first sparkly sweater sighting.

Feast your eyes upon this – The First Sparkly V-neck Sleeveless Sweater of this season.

Not the most flamboyant that Delhi and north India can offer, admittedly, but still…a fetching shade of sparkly caramel (my word), sparkly treacle (Jane’s description).

Through my car window, in monstrous traffic at Moti Bagh.

Delhi, the sparkly season is now officially open for business.

And, dear reader, I fully intend to chronicle this […]

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November 9th, 2017

Odd-Even is back Even if it’s Odd

So, here we go again.

Short-term, knee-jerk reactions to our toxic air.

On Monday 13th, Delhi will have an 0dd-even car numberplate rule again, the way we did last year.

So that means that for today (the 9th) & the 10th & the 11th & the 12th the killer toxic situation can pootle and footle along and on Monday – wham – odd/even will kick in.

Why not start it immediately?

As in tomorrow, or at least on Saturday, over the weekend?

People can’t say they didn’t know this move was on the cards.

To be fair, whenever the […]

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