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September 24th, 2017

Swanning around in Delhi

Delhi is not known as a city with a ballet culture – heck, we don’t even have a proper theatre here – but, oh joy of joys, the ballet came to town this weekend.

“Swan Lake”, no less, with only a small company of dancers, and recorded music, but it was ballet 🙂 and the hall was packed last night 🙂 and there is nothing wrong that an evening of Tchaikovsky can’t put right 🙂

We were 2 mother & daughter combos, which is always, always a good thing.

Despite endless ticket hassles, the total brunt of them borne by […]

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September 20th, 2017

A 4000 year-old pot called Kim

Just a month ago, we were up in Kashmir, celebrating a friend’s 80th birthday.

At the time, I’d shared photos with you from the beautiful little town of Gulmarg, and in one blog post, I’d also told you about the parlous state of tourism – here’s the link again, in case you missed it first time round.

Sadly, most of the news coming out of Kashmir is bad.

Terrorist attacks, reprisals, more attacks, more reprisals and so the sad circle of violence goes on…and, unsurprisingly, tourism takes a huge hit.

So it was with great delight that I read a […]

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August 25th, 2017

The highs and the highs, and then the lows of India.

Just 2 days ago, I shared with you the news that the Indian Supreme Court had ruled that the triple talaq (used in Islam to divorce a woman) is unconstitutional, marking an amazing success for Muslim women in this country.

Here’s the link, if you missed my original post.

Continuing the fabulous news, today the papers were full of another huge decision by the Supreme Court.

In a unanimous decision (yaay!) a 9 bench court of Supreme Court judges ruled that privacy is a fundamental right, and is part of the freedoms guaranteed by the Indian Constitution.

This ruling is […]

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August 23rd, 2017

An important week for India’s women

We are living in interesting times in India.

Well actually, & let’s be honest here, India is always interesting.

India is also – let it be said – oftentimes frustrating, irritating, sometimes hilarious, sometimes frightening.

But never dull and routine.

Oh no.

India categorically does not do dull.

And now, in the space of a couple of days, there have been two very interesting events here.

Over the past few days, 2 judgements have taken place that – theoretically at least – will forever change the future for millions of women in this country.

Yesterday’s judgment by the Supreme Court, […]

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