September 14th, 2018

Back in the Big Smoke

So, here I am, back in Delhi, after an absolutely wonderful 2 weeks in Leh, high up in the Himalayas.

For those of you who know and love Ladakh, you’ll understand my reluctance to leave such a stunning part of the country and such lovely people.

For those of you who have yet to visit Ladakh – well, you’re in for a treat.

Leh, the capital of the Ladakh region is at about 3500m altitude, so the first day or so there, you have to take it v-e-r-y easy, while your body adjusts to the reduced oxygen levels. I […]

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August 29th, 2018

Juley from one super cool little town

“Juley” is a Ladakhi greeting, and here I am sitting in leh, with a view of Namgyal Tsemo Gopal & the Palace, and I’m as happy as happy can be.

So “Juley” everyone!

Here you go. My view. Right now.

The Gompa is the white structure & Leh Palace is the brown one, lower down the mountain side.

I first visited Leh in 1984, and this is my 8th? 9th? visit to a part of India that I absolutely adore.

But as this afternoon’s stroll through town reminded me, Leh is changing.

Obviously it’s changing, as more and more […]

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August 15th, 2018

Happy Independence Day India. And here’s a stolen treasure

WHAT a nice story, to mark India’s Independence Day today.

A 12th century statue of Lord Buddha, stolen nearly 60 years ago, was returned by Britain to India today.

Here’s a link to the story, & here is a photo of the bronze statue.

This is a total feel good moment. Wonder where the statue will go? Back to its original home in Bihar, I suppose.

I went and marked Independence Day with lots of my running friends, as we did a super slow, super relaxed 8km fun run from Nehru Park to Vijay Chowk (India Gate was, sadly, […]

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August 10th, 2018

Namaste IKEA & welcome to India

…and Indian crowds.

IKEA opened its first Indian store in Hyderabad yesterday and it looked a bit – er, umm – frenzied.

Yup, that’s about right.

Frenzied.

This clip, below, went pretty viral over here.

Stuff of stampedes, quite frankly.

Then, of course, there was THAT photo of the traffic jam leading to IKEA.

This also went viral:

I read reports that there is only parking for 650 cars. Sounds like some serious (mis)planning there. And apparently 40,000 people visited the store yesterday.

But be that as it may, everyone at IKEA seems to have been pretty happy, […]

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