June 22nd, 2018

The tragic saga of Delhi’s 16,500 doomed trees

Most of you will know already that Delhi is a city with a dubious reputation, that of one of the world’s most polluted cities. I think we were THE most polluted at one time. Now we’re just one of the most, perhaps the 11th most polluted in the world. Not that this ranking is anything to be proud of. Far from it.

What is alarming at the moment is that we are at the height of our brutally hot summer.

And many of the usual winter-pollution-culprits are not in the fray now and so we cannot blame them, as we […]

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February 10th, 2018

“Rubbish has become invisible”

I shared with you, a couple of weeks ago, that some of us in my Delhi running group are tackling the terrible rubbish problem as best we can – by picking up the trash in the park where we train, rather than run past it & ignore it, which so many people are content to do.

After every session, anyone who can spare 15/20 minutes pitches in, and invariably we pick up alarming amounts of rubbish.

One of the youngsters today made a very valid point, when he said that rubbish has become invisible.

He is so right.

People walk […]

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January 15th, 2018

Welcome to squirrel heaven

It‘s Monday.

The school traffic is thundering past on the main road outside my house, every wretched bus driver honking non-stop.

The newspaper has the usual horrid fare of rape, more rape, politics, pollution.

So in the interests of sanity & all-round zen-ness, I’m blanking all this out. Way more stress-free, though possibly not the best approach for someone who likes to think she is a conscientious blogger, but there are days when the Indian news & current affairs are all just too much.

Like today.

So instead I am going to talk about squirrels. As one does.

Recently, one […]

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February 22nd, 2017

Let’s talk gardening

There’s so much rubbish going on in the world at the moment, a fair amount of it right here in India I might add, that I have decided to ignore it all. Well, for one blog post at least.

Instead of ranting about the latest idiocy from Donald Trump, or the dangers of the air we breathe here in Delhi, or some equally depressing subject, I have decided to talk about my garden.

Far nicer topic.

The weather here is hotting up on a daily basis, and it looks as though we might well be fast-forwarding, completely bypassing spring and […]

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