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November 5th, 2017

The terribly sad end to the story of the haunted Delhi palace

Just 2 weeks ago, I shared with you here in this blog, the story of the “haunted” hunting lodge, deep in a Delhi forest, inhabited by the 2 remaining siblings of the erstwhile royal family of Oudh.

If you didn’t read my original story, won’t you please take 2 minutes now to read it?

It is a sad, strange tale and the background will definitely help you understand this new post. Here’s the link.

On October 23rd, I had gone running in Malcha Forest with some of my running group, and we had a quick look at the ruins of


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November 4th, 2017

The magic(al) flute

Dear readers, I’m going to give you the briefest of contexts for this blog post, and then please, I beg you, turn your computer/phone/iPad volume up to max, and enjoy what for me was possibly the most spiritual moment I have ever experienced in Delhi, in all my years of knowing this city.

I went to the Lodhi Gardens this morning for a training session, and got to our group meeting place, in front of the 15th century Shish Gumbad (glazed dome) at 5.50.

It was still dark, there was no lighting in the gardens, and just one other early-bird


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November 1st, 2017

Begone bad news! Here’s the cutest little prince ever

Delhi’s pollution is getting worse.

Nothing but the usual sordid fare in the morning papers.

If I see another story about rape or murder or 13 year old girls being married off to 38 year olds, I might just weep.

And it’s only 9.30 on the morning.

So in order to keep the morning from spinning out of control, let me share with you the ONLY good thing in the papers today.

The ONLY thing that made me smile and go “Awwww…”

Here you go: the King of Bhutan, the Prince of Bhutan, and India’s Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj, who […]

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October 31st, 2017

100 year old Indian woman raped

Sorry, folks, but my attempts to ignore the bad news and give you nothing but cheery, positive news from India came to a grinding halt this morning.

And for once I am not taking issue with the Times of India for having this story on its front page:Feeling sick to my stomach.

“Poor woman” doesn’t even begin to cover what one feels for this old, bedridden woman.

It is too, too revolting, and the sooner this evil man is locked away,

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October 31st, 2017

No dirty “stinkly” chewing people here, thank you very much

Some of the flyers that float out of my morning paper are interesting, some are unintentionally funny, some are vaguely useful (though I rarely remember where I’ve filed that useful address when the time comes).

And then there’s this.

It’s an ad for mechanized water tank cleaning.

As in “how boring can THIS ad be?”

Just read it:

Initially, it all looks good, with quite justifiable worries about your kids brushing (sic) with dirty water.

Then just read the next bullet point:

“NO worries

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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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