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December 11th, 2018

Happy 107th birthday New Delhi

107 years ago today, at the Delhi Coronation Durbar, King George V announced that the capital of India would be shifted from Calcutta to Delhi, where a new city would be built – New Delhi.


I could, of course, be really immature, and say that 107 years later, Delhi is still not finished, a massive work in progress, but that would be un-birthday-like.

So I won’t.

Instead I shall wish the city that is now my adopted home a very happy birthday.

New Delhi is a city that infuriates me much of the time, a city beset with […]

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December 7th, 2018

There are times when I despair of Delhi

Yeah, I know, I know.

I sometimes give Delhi a hard time.

Well, quite frankly, and at the risk of upsetting anybody yadda yadda yadda, quite often this city is not a particularly likeable place.

Anyone who follows this blog will have read, over the months and years, endless tales of sexual violence of the worst kind, as well as endless tales of pollution of the worst kind.

Now I give you crass, stupid, dangerous vandalism.

Last month, a bridge was inaugurated in east Delhi.

Conceptualised in 1998, started in 2004, it was finally opened (though it is still not […]

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November 23rd, 2018

Dying in the so-called name of God

Right, cards on table time.

I am a Christian. But I have no truck whatsoever with missionaries who seek to convert.

Equally, let me hasten to add, I take great exception to people not being allowed to convert if they so wish – which is a perennial issue here in India.

My view is that the decision to practise one’s religion or not, to convert to another faith or not, is a private one, and that outside bodies have absolutely no right to interfere.

So, having said that, let me share with you a tale of crass stupidity and ignorance […]

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November 22nd, 2018

Sadness, rudeness & a little piece of history

This has been a tough week for my husband and his family.

In the space of 3 days, 2 members of Himmat’s family died – a first cousin and an aunt.

Both memorial services (the “bhog”) were held, with just a day between them, at the Gurdwara Damdama Sahib, a Sikh temple near Humayun’s Tomb.

Not only had I never been to this gurdwara, I’d never even heard of it before, which is surprising, since it has quite some history attached to it – plus, it is located right next door to Humayun’s Tomb.

The first prayer service I […]

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