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October 16th, 2017

My wish for the Talwars

So today, this beautiful Monday morning, my thoughts turn to the tragic Talwars, who are due to be released from prison today, having had to spend the weekend inside, because of paperwork.

Ever since the Allahabad High Court overturned their conviction for murder last week, the papers have been full of little else, sharing with us each day yet more excerpts from a judgement that tears to pieces every aspect of what was clearly a shoddy, deceitful, malicious investigation. I can’t even begin to go into the detail here – for that, yet again – I refer to you the […]

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October 15th, 2017

Your Hindi word of the day is “chalta firta”

Yes, OK, OK, it’s 2 words, so technically it’s an expression, rather than a word.

So, yes, “chalta firta”.

Yesterday, stuck in a traffic jam on Khel Goan Marg, here in Delhi (quick aside – hands up anyone who isn’t stuck in traffic jams in Delhi these days?) so, yes, stuck in the traffic, I noticed a van which had “Chalta firta bazaar” written on the back and on the side, in English, something like “New Delhi Government mobile shop”.

I’d never seen a van like this, ditto hubby, but what a good idea.

The fruit & veggies go to […]

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October 14th, 2017

Your Hindi word of the day is “japani”

Friends have just returned from Himachal, bearing gifts.

To wit: These are “japanis”, known in English as persimmon.

In Hindi, “japani” is an adjective meaning Japanese. There’s even a classic 1950s Bollywood song called “Mera Joota Hai Japani” (“My shoes are Japanese”).

The first time I ever saw a persimmon – up in Himachal a few years ago – I admit to being surprised at the name.

Turns out that the fruit is native not only to Japan but also China and Korea, but in India, at least, it is known as ‘japani”.

Here’s a quick bit of info, courtesy […]

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October 12th, 2017

Justice. Of sorts.

Today, a bereaved mother and father, Nupur & Rajesh Talwar, can breathe a little easier.

The Allahabad High Court this afternoon acquitted them of the charge of murdering their only child in 2008.

From 2.30pm onwards, I sat there, glued to my phone & the news updates, praying for this dignified couple. And thank goodness the court saw reason.

I won’t re-hash the whole sordid saga here, and will instead give you a link (below) to a comprehensive blog post I wrote in 2013, when they were found guilty & sentenced to life. It should explain a lot to readers […]

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