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August 4th, 2017

A hair-raising story from India

In a land of what is very often the weird and wonderful, this developing story is distinctly weird.

For the past 4 or 5 days, reports have been coming in from various areas of northern India, of women finding their hair has been cut off, usually while they are asleep or unconscious.

It’s not that their hair is being stolen to make wigs, because it is always there, on the floor next to them, when they wake up. It appears that most of the victims “fall unconscious” or “fall into a faint” and then when they regain consciousness, their chopped-off […]

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July 31st, 2017

Delicious typo? Or slick marketing?

Decision time, folks, on this morning’s floating-out-of-my-paper flyer.

Delhi Collage of Art.

Whaddya think? Is this a spelling mistake or a cute name? Whatever it is, I like it!

The reverse of the flyer doesn’t really help in the typo/or not debate because the Hindi is definitely “collage”.

So, my

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July 30th, 2017

“Better Food Better Mood”

One of life’s little joys is the Indian flyer.

As in the flimsy paper variety that float out of my morning paper, not the airborne species. The latter are, oftentimes, not really a joy at all.

But the advertising flyers that are tucked inside my paper – ah, now, they are a class apart.

Who could resist a tag line like “Better Food Better Mood”?

I’m a tad perplexed by the exact kind of image they are aiming to project with a name like “Dark N Shine”, but I’m sure they’ve thought it all through.

Better Food Better Mood and […]

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July 28th, 2017

Let’s hear it for Africa’s girls!

I can’t tell you how pleased I am that I started a “Just Because” section of this blog, because now I get to share with you here things that have nothing at all to do with India, and yet are so wonderful that they MUST be shared.

Like this all girl’s brass band in Uganda and their fabulous 10 year old conductor.

I have an enormous soft spot for Africa, having lived there, but even so, this is a story to cheer every soul 🙂

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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

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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.

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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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July 9th, 2017

An Indian love story like no other

Social media is an amazing thing.

A Facebook friend of mine, Marryam Reshii, whom I haven’t seen face to face in ages (something we need to rectify, by the way) shared this lovely story yesterday. It is moving and touching and just too, too wonderful. Watch it, & if it doesn’t bring a lump to your throat, you’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din.

LOVE this 🙂

July 7th, 2017

72 years ago today…

Sometimes, one really does need a “feel good” moment.

Actually, who am I kidding?

We all need feel good moments, all of the time.

So, after a miserable trawl through the morning papers which had nothing but gloomy news, it was with much delight that I saw my friend Catriona Child’s Facebook post this morning.

Catriona shared that today would’ve been her parents’ 72nd wedding anniversary.

Let me give you a little bit of background to this wonderful photo.

Catriona’s parents

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July 3rd, 2017

When is the monsoon not THE monsoon?

A question I have often asked myself.

Hubby dearest showed me an article in this morning’s “Economic Times” from which I take much comfort.

Apparently I am not alone in not knowing exactly what is the monsoon and what is merely a pre-monsoon shower.

It’s all to do with the clouds & not the rain, apparently.

I do so love the comment,

“The key, as is helpfully revealed each year but apparently forgotten by most, lies in the shape and size of cloud formations…”

to which I reply “Guilty as charged.”

And so, in the spirit of

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June 27th, 2017

No! Don’t ban Chinglish OR Hinglish!

So, the Chinese are to do away with Chinglish, we are told.

How boring.

And how totally inconsiderate to people who love taking photos of daft signs.

The Chinese are going to introduce a new standard English to be used…blah blah blah.

As an editorial in this morning’s “Economic Times” points out, Hinglish is also up there with the hilarious photo-worthy languages of the world, but most of the hilarious errors in Hinglish are due to mispronunciation, rather than mis-translation.

Which is absolutely accurate.

So, in the spirit of celebrating the sheer wonderful-ness of Hinglish, here we go.

Seen last […]

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