April 16th, 2012

Tea and shot glasses

A couple of years ago, while trekking in India’s Ladakh region, I came across all weak and feeble, as one does at altitude. My dear friend and trekking guru, Alison, came over to my tent, where I was admittedly being a bit of a wimp, and made me sit up, buck up and drink a cup of Twinings tea.

As one does.

How caricaturally English the two of us must have appeared, sitting sipping a cup of Twinings at 4000+ metres,

But Alison’s ginger and lemon tea bag saved the day, and I have been an addict ever since.

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April 14th, 2012

Of pricey malts, niche vodkas, personalized wines & upscaling indigenous spirit

Just last weekend, we went to the auction here in Delhi of a super rare, super expensive bottle of Glenfiddich, one of only 11 bottles ever made.

I told you about it, if you remember.

As I always do on such occasions, I remarked then on how rapidly India is changing in some respects (we won’t go into the shameful issue of manual scavenging right at this moment, shall we ? It still exists in 21st century India, and is in the news today) – anyway, suffice it to say that India is changing, and how. There is a palpable […]

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April 13th, 2012

OK. Veggies safely back on the menu. Or perhaps not

Credit given where credit’s due.

The Times of India really did have an impact, and hats off to them – though the market committee powers that be are clearly still in deny ! deny ! deny ! mode.

Don’t like the sound of the inside of the mandi (market) being filthier than the outside….


April 12th, 2012

Ugh. Enough to put you off veggies for life

Regular readers of my blog know that I am always banging on about the gratuitous muck and filth here. It always astonishes me that so many people will live cheek by jowl with garbage and stink and litter, rather than lift a little finger to do anything.

Last week’s (otherwise wonderful) trip to Varanasi was the ultimate case in point.

Chuck mounds of rubbish in a sacred river and then stand in it to be ritually purified – that kind of weird oxymoronic behaviour.

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