July 19th, 2018

Oh so wearied by the news…

I’m going through one of those “I can hardly bear to read the news, it’s all too awful” phases.

Naturally, this is not very useful to someone who fancies herself as a a blogger and, to boot, someone who is genuinely very curious about what makes India tick.

Quickly turning over the page of my morning paper because I feel sick to my stomach about yet another rape, or yet another lynching, is tantamount to being an ostrich.

I absolutely do not know what to make of the seeming increase in horrific rapes in this country. Perhaps these horrors always […]

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July 9th, 2018

When the left hand clearly doesn’t know what the right hand is doing

There are days when I wonder if I’ve wandered into a weird Delhi version of a parallel universe. Or whether it’s April Fool’s Day & I haven’t noticed.

Like the story I read in my morning paper today.

Please take a second to read it (if you haven’t already) and we’ll chat in a moment.

Where does one start?

3,100,000 trees (thats 31 lakh, by the way) to protect us from dust and pollution.

3,100,000 trees.

Who will look after them, water them, protect them, in a city where people are currently stealing the plants from the vertical green […]

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July 5th, 2018

We the people! We won!

I was away from Delhi for a week, and though I kept in regular touch with friends here about the threat to our trees, it still came as THE most amazing relief when I received this message from jhatkaa.org, one of the organisations that has been galvanising public opinion about the shocking decision to fell 16,500 trees in south Delhi.

Hot on the heels of this piece of good news came the Delhi High Court ruling yesterday, staying the cutting of any more trees!


I honestly, deep down, never thought that our protests and signature campaigns would […]

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June 25th, 2018

Delhi’s trees get a partial reprieve

To everyone who read my blog yesterday, you deserve a quick news update.

And it’s good news.

These are the words we were all waiting for.

“We could understand if it was a road-widening work which is inevitable. You want to cut thousands of trees for housing. Can Delhi afford this?”

And with that statement, issued by 2 judges of the Delhi High Court vacation bench today, we gained a few day’s breather.

Literally. A few days more with the threatened 15,000 trees still standing, to help combat our filthy, polluted air.

Until July 4th, no more trees will […]

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