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January 9th, 2020

Oh good Lord

Waking up in sunny Bangkok to breaking news of a very British kind.

Prince Harry and Ms Markle are stepping down as senior royals.

Oh my giddy aunt.

Whatever is the world coming to?

Actually, there’s no need to answer that, is there, because we all know the answer already.

2020 is only a week old, & we are already feeling defeated by the devastating Australian infernos + Trump’s terrifying lunacy. For those of us in India, the unfolding crisis in the country is deeply worrying.

So, yes, the world is giving a very good impression of going to […]

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January 5th, 2020

Of India & plum cake & wistfulness

I’m out of India at the moment, holidaying in Thailand, so my news about Indian politics and current events comes from online sources.


Sources like Twitter, for example.

Of late, it seems that social media, especially Twitter, has become increasingly toxic.

People don’t simply agree to disagree.

They berate, they insult.

All of which is to say that the news I’ve been reading about India, seen through such prisms of information, appears bitter and virulent.

I worry about India, I truly do.

I worry about apparent attempts to divide society along religious lines, and what that might do […]

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January 3rd, 2020

So Delhi gets its very own smog tower


This is – I hope – encouraging news for the New Year.

When we left Delhi on 30 December, the pollution was really bad, the air was filthy & toxic, & we left in a flurry of coughing & stinging eyes.

Cue to this morning’s news that I read online from sunny, clear-skied Thailand.

Delhi now has a smog tower.

As in one smog tower.

Poor thing will have its work cut out, to try and deal with the city’s filthy air, but let’s see if it is simply the first in a massive battalion of future smog […]

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January 1st, 2020

Happy 2020 everyone!

Wherever you are in the world, dear reader, here’s wishing you and yours a wonderful 2020.

Good health, peace and happiness are on my wish list for you all.

We saw in 2020 in Bangkok, watching a super fireworks display as the old year made way for the new.

Crossing Saphan Taksin (bridge) at about 4.30/5pm we could hardly move for dozens of professional-grade tripods already set up, clearly staking a claim to the view of Icon Siam’s fireworks.

For a shopping centre that only opened a year ago, it truly has already become an Icon.

Later that evening, […]

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