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January 26th, 2018

Happy Republic Day, India

This image, taken right now from my drawing room window, this cold & foggy Delhi morning is, methinks, an apt metaphor for India today, as the country celebrates her 69th Republic Day.

Why the weather analogy, do I hear you ask?

Let me explain.

I’ve checked my trusty weather app, which tells me that the sun will break through the fog later on, though that time keeps slipping further on into the morning. First it showed full sun at

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January 25th, 2018

All in the name of honour

Today a Bollywood film is being released, here in India.

“So what”, do I hear you say?

“Isn’t Bollywood the biggest producer of films in the world, releasing several new titles every week?”

Yes, indeed, but the release today of the film “Padmaavat” is a release like no other.

People have been injured, people have been attacked, property has been attacked. All because of a film.

The movie title has been changed, the release delayed by nearly 2 months, the highest courts in the land have been involved, there have been death threats, there have been calls for a mass […]

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January 23rd, 2018

A tale of two cities. The Indian version

I’m back in Delhi, and feeling distinctly cold, after the heat and sunshine of Bombay last week.

Yes, OK, OK, I know the city is called Mumbai, but 99% of my friends and family there still call it Bombay, and old habits die hard.

I was in Mumbai/Bombay to run the marathon on Sunday and a jolly fine time I had, meeting up with friends I’ve known for over a quarter of a century (yikes!) & some of Himmat’s family, and just

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January 15th, 2018

Welcome to squirrel heaven

It‘s Monday.

The school traffic is thundering past on the main road outside my house, every wretched bus driver honking non-stop.

The newspaper has the usual horrid fare of rape, more rape, politics, pollution.

So in the interests of sanity & all-round zen-ness, I’m blanking all this out. Way more stress-free, though possibly not the best approach for someone who likes to think she is a conscientious blogger, but there are days when the Indian news & current affairs are all just too much.

Like today.

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January 13th, 2018

Exploring & running. A perfect combo

As some of you may know, I am a recent convert to the joys of running.

Indeed I became such a running bore here in this blog, I was informed by some of my nearest and dearest, that I actually started a new blog, dedicated entirely to running, so as not to lose my non-running readers.

But bear with me for one moment while I explain something, will you?

Never mind the health benefits, running, in the few years I have been doing it, has opened my eyes to a different way of visiting and seeing a city.

And especially […]

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January 12th, 2018

Such fabulousness today, Delhi

I went to Connaught Place today and, stuck in the usual horrid traffic, what did I see?

THIS is what I saw.

Total gorgeousness.

Total fabulousness.

We drove slowly round & round & round Teen Murti roundabout, just so I could lean out of the car & film. Thereby adding to the already horrid traffic, agreed, but the things I do for you, dear reader 🙂

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On my 2nd pass, I noticed these splendid fellow:

How wonderful are they, lances, turbans, the whole

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January 9th, 2018

How to keep an ATM nice & warm

Wrap it in a blanket. Obviously.

Like so. Love this story.

It is cute, it made me smile, it doesn’t concern politicians/pollution/sexual violence.

And it is just downright sweet.

Customised blankies for chilly ATMs 🙂 What’s not to love?

January 7th, 2018

Why you must always, always go out for that walk or that run

Even though I have a separate running blog – http://runninginindia.rocks – I am sharing this running-based story here.

Because it could just as easily have happened on a walk. Truly.

Given the cold, foggy, polluted weather we are currently experiencing here in Delhi, I have stopped running early in the morning, which is my wont, and switched to later in the day. Whether the fact that the sun has broken through the fog actually does dissipate pollution, I’m not entirely sure, but at least it’s warmer and therefore feels better.

Of course what later-in-the-day running means is that the day […]

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January 5th, 2018

It’s put up or shut up time

Those of you who know me, will know that I have an absolute horror of the appalling garbage that blights so much of this otherwise beautiful country.

There is hardly anywhere in India untouched by rubbish/garbage/litter/trash – call it what you will – including somewhere as remote as the frozen River Zanskar high up in Ladakh. I did the Chadar Trek last January, and our group would hike along, picking up other people’s trash as we walked. Pristine stunning high altitude scenery – and chip packets and plastic bottles chucked along the trail.

It breaks one’s heart.

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January 5th, 2018

Trying to stick with New Year positivity

I followed my friend Alison’s advice this New Year and so, instead of making resolutions which start with “I will give up…not do…” and which one invariably abandons by 5th January (oh, yes, today 😛 )…so yes, instead of “negative” type resolutions, I have gone for positive ones.

Like “I really want to visit Cambodia this year”.

And “I do hope I can get my photo website up and running.”

Alongside all this self-affirming stuff, I am trying to be upbeat and positive and see only the best in people – HEY!! WAKE UP!! It’s rude to fall asleep while […]

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January 2nd, 2018

Meet my absolute favourite man of today

Nope. Not my long-suffering hubby.

Nor my son, who sadly flew back to Shanghai today.

And no, not even the ever-cheerful, affable Ripu Daman, with whom I ran for 5 hours today, at my snail’s pace, with ne’er an irritable comment from him.

Nope, my man of the day is none of these 3, but rather a dear man I met in the car park at the Lodhi Gardens, who was feeding the resident strays.

As I was parking, I noticed a car with its boot open, & dogs hanging around. In the boot of the car was a big […]

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January 1st, 2018

Happy New Year. From the taxman

However cliched it may be, there is something heartwarming about the sheer enthusiasm and exuberance and sense of renewal that infects all of us at New Year.

Like every single one of you, I imagine, my WhatsApps are full of good wishes and videos of champagne bottles popping open, and Instagram this morning has nothing but amazing images of fireworks ushering in 2018 from all corners of the globe.

Yes, you’re right, it is possibly a tad sappy, but hey! it’s the first day of a brand new year and everyone is entitled to hope for better things, for

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