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May 7th, 2017

Mansplaining rape. In Delhi.

I am the uber-proud mother of a fearsomely intelligent, fearsomely independent daughter.

So when she whatsapped me asking if she could write a guest blog post about a guy “mansplaining how safe Delhi is for women”, I immediately accepted. (And yes, obviously, my maternal antennae went up at the same time.)

Please read this, and then take a few minutes, if you will, to share your thoughts/experiences with everyone.

I’d be fascinated by your feedback – especially young women of my daughter’s age.

Anjulie, thank you for this. As you said, “Seems topical given the whole verdict thing.” (That’s a […]

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February 25th, 2014

READ THIS! Seriously. Read this. And read it now!

Last week, my friend Catriona Child wrote a very moving guest blog post about the death of Nido Tania, a young student from Arunachal Pradesh. If any of you haven’t yet read her beautifully written post, please (I beg you) do so right now by clicking on the link above, and then continue with her follow up post, below.

Deeply committed to the North-East, Catriona has delved deeper into this tragic, heart-breaking story with more zeal than any of our national newspapers.

Please feel free to correct me, but I haven’t read any newspaper report that comes even close to […]

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February 16th, 2014

Praying for Tania

A couple of weeks ago, Nido Tania, a teenager from Arunachal Pradesh, one of India’s most beautiful and most remote states, was attacked in Delhi, beaten up and died as a result of his injuries. I blogged about it at the time, when I had gone to a candle-lit vigil in his memory at Jantar Mantar with my friend Catriona. If you didn’t read my post then, have a quick look now, along with the photos of the dignified mourners.

Yesterday, Catriona went to the prayer meeting held for this young man, and she has written a very moving report […]

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June 21st, 2012

Happy birthday to a truly wonderful lady

Although this is, at heart, an Indocentric blog (she says, writing from the Kruger Park…) this guest post concerns our neighbour, Burma.

The post belongs entirely to my daughter Anjulie, who is my guest blogger today.

Enjoy her account of a memorable day. (Lucky lucky girl)


Today was a good day. I overslept but wasn’t late. I made some progress on my dissertation and my job search. And I sat in the front row and watched Daw Aung San Suu Kyi speak at the LSE in her first public speaking in England since she left in 1988.

Unsurprisingly, as […]

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