November 6th, 2018

Every dog has his day

And for our dogs, Tommy & Yoko, today was the day.

Along with thousands of dogs in Nepal, our dogs are honoured today on the occasion of “Kukur Puja.”

Such a lovely festival.

I found a very informative blog about this festival, and the contrast between the Indian and Nepali way of celebrating Diwali is quite stark – though in India’s defence, the ban on firecrackers this year has (thus far) reduced the noise levels, and the pain and fear inflicted on animals, street dogs in particular.

Nar Bahadur was sitting petting Yoko yesterday, muttering about how the dogs hate […]

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November 5th, 2018

Delhi’s toxic mess is getting worse

I am not asthmatic.

I have no allergies.

(For the record, as a child, I used to say I was allergic to cream doughnuts, but that was because of a particularly disastrous road trip…I’ll spare you the details…)

So, no, I’m not allergic. I’m not asthmatic.

For my age I’m reasonably fit.

Exercise.

Need to lose 2/3 kg, but don’t we all?

Don’t smoke.

So why am I wheezing and coughing and spluttering?

Why are my eyes stinging?

Why do I feel borderline breathless?

THIS IS WHY.

THIS!

And more specifically, the area of south Delhi where I live.

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November 2nd, 2018

Seeing Delhi differently

Today began in the pre-dawn darkness, as I headed off through the streets of Delhi, to meet up with one of my running friends, Sunil Punshi, who was taking me to Yamuna Ghat.

I was last there in probably 2008 or 2009 (pre-Commonwealth Games, that’s for sure) and was keen to see the river again, and at dawn, inspired by the fabulous photos Sunil shares on his Instagram feed (if you don’t already follow him, you should!)

We were a small group of photographers, everyone hard at work, capturing the amazing light as the dawn broke over the river, and […]

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November 2nd, 2018

This is THE best thing you’ll read today

Trust me. You will not find a lovelier, more uplifting story than this one.

There is just so much to love in this story, isn’t there?

I honestly can’t decide which is my favourite bit.

The fact that this fabulous 96 year old is planning to study till her 10th grade exams…or that she now wants to learn computers…how awesome is she?!

I love the fact that she can now read story books without nagging her great grandchildren 🙂

But definitely my favourite bit is when this darling lady wanted to know about the 2 marks she lost in […]

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