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May 22nd, 2020

How much can one country endure?

Poor dear India is being battered on all fronts.

Coronavirus, which is ramping up its evil effects day after day.

A migrant labour crisis of such epic proportions, and all brought about by the callousness of a government which closed a country down with 4 hours’ notice.

Courtesy scroll.in

Almost 2 months ago to the day, the Prime Minister announced that India was being locked down.

In 4 hours.

People like me, with a home & food in the fridge, scrambled to prepare. The plight of the millions of migrant workers all over the country, many living rough as […]

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May 16th, 2020

Well, this aged well, didn’t it?

So there we have it. Official predictions were for ZERO cases by today.

As I write (17.30 on 16th May) this is the reported situation in India;

God help us all.

And everyone is chomping at the bit for curfew to be lifted, or at least considerably eased, when it runs out tomorrow night.

As I said, God help us all.

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May 15th, 2020

So farewell then, India’s last mounted regiment

One of the things I love best about Delhi’s winters is watching polo.

Since the Indian army is very much a backbone of polo, I read an article on the front page of my paper this morning with some interest.

“Only horse-mounted army unit to get tanks“

Apparently, the venerable 61st Cavalry, one of the world’s last mounted regiments, is about to get a 21st century makeover.

Namely, the horses are being replaced by tanks, and the regiment will be “converted into a regular armoured regiment.”

I rushed through all the technical stuff, like the kinds of tanks they’re […]

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May 13th, 2020

Your Hindi word of the day: Aatmanirbhar

As I told you here, a mere 24 hours ago, the Prime Minister of India Addressed the Nation last night.

Sadly, he didn’t really address the tragedy of the migrant workers, nor did he tell us anything definite about lockdown, other than that our Chief Ministers will make the decisions (c-l-e-v-e-r).

But Mr. Modi did use some pretty hi-falutin’ words.

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My Hindi is OK for general conversation, but not for long political speeches, so I took the cowardly way out and “watched” via Twitter, where there are always kind souls who translate and prĂ©cis Mr. Modi’s speeches.

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