May 23rd, 2019

Your Hindi word of the day : Aandhi

Don’t worry, I am not going to give you a political word of the day today.

Absolutely not.

Instead, my word of the day is the one used to describe what is happening right now as I type.

Delhi is being doused with lots of lovely rain after crazy hectic winds, and the sky has gone dark, and the temperature has dropped significantly.

First you get the wind, a fierce wind that sent our flower pots crashing, and ripped up the shade cloth that covers said pots.

Then thunder and lightening, and an ever-darkening sky. Like so:

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May 23rd, 2019

Elections. More elections. And milkshakes

It’s mid-afternoon here in Delhi, as I sit down to write this blog. It is currently 40C and my trusty weather app shows “unhealthy air quality.”

But there are other things to worry about right now, than the heat and dust.

The general election results are flooding in, and the Hindu nationalist BJP has decisively won a second term.

Mr. Modi

I am not exactly in shock – that would be a tad overdramatic. I’d already reluctantly accepted that the current government would be returned, but I had hoped for a better showing from the opposition parties.

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May 11th, 2019

What’s with wheelchairs at Indian airports?

In everyday life, how often do you see people in wheelchairs?

Not that much, right?

And thank goodness for that, since it means people aren’t injured or handicapped, right?

Ah well…I have news for you AND, most importantly, I have the latest question for you, in my things-about-India-that-have-puzzled-me-for-years series.

Namely, why are there so many wheelchair travellers at Indian airports?

Ready and waiting. Air India check in, Delhi airport

In January this year, when I landed in Mumbai for the marathon, on an international flight, there were 18 wheelchairs lined up.

In their own separate queue at immigration.

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April 28th, 2019

Why can Indian politicians contest from 2 constituencies?

And please don’t quote the Representation of People Act 1951 to me.

I can Google like anyone else 😛

What I mean is, no really, why on earth are politicians allowed to hedge their bets like this?

What is the logic?

How does it work, expenditure-wise? Aren’t there ceilings on how much a candidate can spend? Or is that per constituency, meaning a double-constituency candidate gets double to spend?

Is there no requirement for a candidate to have local links? A home in his/her constituency? (Clearly not…)

And why don’t YOU, the lucky people who CAN vote protest?

Quick aside: […]

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