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October 30th, 2017

Feeling some dog-owner jealousy here

Now I know I made a promise just a day or so ago in this blog, not to crib about politicians etc etc but this is simply TOO MUCH.

Rahul Gandhi’s dog can balance a biscuit on his nose and it goes viral on YouTube?


I mean, I’m not a pushy dog-owner or anything, perish the thought, but my Yoko can do that.

AND Yoko takes my running socks up to the washing machine.

And Yoko rolls over on command.

And Yoko understands “salute”.

And…hey, whaddya mean I sound like a crazy dog lady?!!

Seriously, here is a video […]

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October 30th, 2017

“Come with problem & go with Happiness”

Such a great flyer tucked inside my morning paper today.

And don’t you love the 9 day challenge?

Touch wood, I have no Black Magic problems, but were I to, I know where to go.

“Come with problem and go with Happiness” – what a great mantra 🙂

October 29th, 2017

Meet India’s first voter, aged 100

Steadfastly ignoring the bad/depressing news, as I told you I would a couple of days ago, I chanced upon this absolutely darling story for you today.

Meet the first person ever to vote in independent India, now aged 100, and still going strong.

Imagine being the first ever person to vote in your country.

Just imagine that!

And, bless this lovely man, at 100 he still intends to vote.


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October 29th, 2017

Utterly, totally, wonderfully gorgeous

I am totally in love with my “just because” story today. Meet a lady with oodles of style and confidence.


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Dress The Part: Lauren Rossi Is A Modern Day Marie Antoinette

This costume designer is living out our French court fantasies.

Posted by Racked on Thursday, 26 October 2017

Isn’t she wonderful?

October 28th, 2017

Let’s talk about house sparrows

Yesterday I made a declaration that I was going to eschew all the bad news that my morning paper serves up, in favour of a happier stories.

Uplifting stories.

Funny stories.

Heart-warming stories.

Yes, well.

Drew a total blank today, didn’t I, with the Times of India?

Can you believe it, but there was nothing that fitted the bill? Absolutely nothing.

So instead I shall talk to you about sparrows.

They are my latest thing, are sparrows.

Did you know, for example, that the sparrow is the state bird of Delhi?

Now you do. You’re welcome.

I’d signed up, a […]

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October 27th, 2017

This is how it’s going to be from here on

Every day, I open my morning paper with my cup of coffee, a ritual gesture that millions of us the world over do, as we ease into another day.

As a self-confessed news & current affairs addict, I enjoy this start to my day.

Even in a world of online news, there is something nice and reassuring about the look and feel of an unread, neatly folded newspaper.

Now I don’t know if I’m getting squeamish in my old age, but increasingly I find that I literally cannot stomach the morning papers, here in Delhi.

When I travel overseas, and […]

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October 26th, 2017

In a retro Delhi mood

I first visited Delhi’s Craft Museum in – gosh – must have been the early 1980s, when India was still new and dazzling to me, and Delhi was a bit sleepy and quiet compared to Bombay (as it then was) where I was based.

I have a memory of Delhi always seeming full of sweeping, empty roads, with space, and lots of governmental-y-institution-y places, all space and trees and not much happening.

Like the Crafts Museum.

I next visited the Crafts Museum some 7/8 years ago on a guided walk – pre Commonwealth Games, for sure – and it was […]

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October 23rd, 2017

A haunting tale of a “haunted” place

Yesterday, I went for a long run with friends in the forest abutting Buddha Jayanti Park, and a jolly fine run it was too. Here’s the link to the story & the photos of the forest and the trails, in my t’other blog –

One of the reasons, & I freely admit it, why I was so keen to go on this run was because of Malcha Mahal, a property in the forest which has the reputation of being haunted.

It isn’t haunted, I’m quite sure, but it is a truly tragic and very bizarre story.

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October 20th, 2017

That nasty morning-after-the-night-before feeling

Its 11.30 on the morning after Diwali, and I can still taste the muck in the air. My eyes are stinging and there’s a tightness in my breathing – hey, listen, I’m not remotely scientific, plus I’m in a bad mood, so don’t quibble with my terminology. My breathing feels tight. OK?

I don’t smoke.

I’m not asthmatic.

I drank only water last night.

I’m a vegetarian.

I try to keep active and healthy.

So why do I feel like shit this morning, if you’ll pardon my French.

Because of mindless stupidity like this, from the wretched people who live […]

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October 18th, 2017

Honouring our dogs on Diwali

Of all the Diwali traditions, including getting my jolly coloured pots painted red by the gardener – grrrr – (see yesterday’s blog post 😛 😛 ) Kukur Puja is my favourite.

Kukur Puja or Kukur Tihar is actually a Nepalese festival, honouring dogs on the 2nd day of Diwali.

Here’ a link to good ol’ Wikipedia for you, which explains this Nepalese tradition.

This morning, our (Nepalese) Gurkha staff prepp-ed for the puja, with marigold garlands, sindoor for the dogs’ foreheads & 2 biscuits apiece. Not dog biscuits, please note, but pukka Britannia biscuits:


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October 17th, 2017

Getting RED-dy for Diwali

Bad pun, I know, I know, but when I saw the mali (gardener) & the mali’s assistant (how grand Bola Ram has got 🙂 ) splashing red paint all over the terrace, then I knew for sure that Diwali is just around the corner.

Mali is getting our flower pots ready 😛 for the festive season, as he does every year, by painting them red.

I asked him today whether he was “red-ing” my pots because it’s Dhanteras today or was it a coincidence.

His answer was that he tries to do it on Dhanteras, because since that’s the day […]

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October 16th, 2017


#MeToo is trending all over the world, as women take to social media to say that they, too, have been sexually harassed or assaulted.

And men, good men, decent men, profess themselves stunned.

They had no idea, they say.

If #metoo is trending amongst educated, online women, just imagine the thousands upon thousands of women who are not on social media, who have never heard of Twitter let alone a hashtag, but have been abused, assaulted, harassed.

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