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Flirting with the wrong girl - An African librarian in India

INDIA | Saturday, 7 Sep 2013 | Views [1613]

“But you said.....?” Three little words that have never been uttered to me in India In India talk is light, colourful and frivolous , like cappuccino froth, party balloons and washing up bubbles. Chatter is jovial, a pastime and a sport, ... Read more >

Tags: africa, culture, delhi, flirting, india, somaliland, tradition, women

In Love with Luxury – confessions of a humanitarian imposter

FRANCE | Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | Views [818]

There is something about European luxury that cannot be imitated. It moves subtly, gracefully, in the detail of a cut instead of the glare of a monogram. Luxury is an exclusive club, quietly recognisable by secret hallmarks of quality ... Read more >

Tags: capitalism, development, diamonds, fashion, hippiness, luxury, poverty, shopping, wine

Cry Freedom

AFGHANISTAN | Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | Views [355]

“Caged birds accept each other but flight is what they long for”- Tenessee Williams Freedom is something anyone who has it, takes for granted and anyone who doesn’t always longs for. A person doesn’t need to be taught the desire for freedom.... Read more >


FRANCE | Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | Views [517]

I miss Delhi. I miss the noise, the banter, the colours, the disorganisation and chaos. Because whatever else Delhi is, it’s alive. In all its raucous, antagonistic glory, it is fully and completely alive... And I miss that. Having ... Read more >

A near death experience

INDIA | Sunday, 19 Feb 2012 | Views [631]

There are moments I don’t quite have words for; moments when the sheer perfection and wonderfulness of everything falls into place and all I can feel is deep utter gratitude and love for everything, all of it. (I know, it sounds corny, like I said, ... Read more >

Tags: delhi traffic, health hazards, near death experiences

A traditional love story

INDIA | Sunday, 12 Feb 2012 | Views [1712] | Comments [1]

So we know how it goes. Boy meets girl. Girl drinks too much. One thing leads to another. Girl wakes up howling “oh god no!” Boy does victory lap of honour hi fiving his friends and revelling in the glory of his accomplishments like a medal winner hosting ... Read more >

Tags: delhi style, honour, romance, tragedy

A woman of a certain reputation

INDIA | Wednesday, 7 Dec 2011 | Views [522]

I may be gathering something of a reputation. Call it paranoia, but after a short while of living in any neighbourhood, the entire world knows your business. This happened in Addis during an extended 4 day transit. Everyone on the road on the hill ... Read more >

The Wisdom of Delhi Men

INDIA | Thursday, 24 Nov 2011 | Views [622]

Delhi men get a bad rep. Fairly so in plenty of cases. Still, some of my most side-splitting laughs have come from these guys, so I had to share a few. Names have been omitted to protect the guilty. Enjoy!   On helping me find a good man: ... Read more >

Tags: and bling, indian men, marriage, settling

Delhi gems - smiles this week

INDIA | Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | Views [482]

“He did not understand..and he did not want to understand” “Yes ma’am we have sent your business cards to Gujarat” [I live in Delhi] "Ma'am you will have to take the lift" - the two men struggling to push a heavy duty photocopier ... Read more >

Living In The Matrix

INDIA | Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | Views [844]

Delhi doesn’t exist. Sorry folks, sorry dear friends who have booked tickets. It’s not real. We made it all up. Gotcha! Delhi is in fact a technologically simulated matrix. Yes, I am speaking of course about the phone. I have a simple phone, ... Read more >

Tags: delhi, laughter and old fashioned good fun, life

Are you being served?

INDIA | Wednesday, 20 Jul 2011 | Views [975]

One of first things I was told about in Delhi was the abundance of people. 80% of them are skinny young men in shorts who for a few rupees will undertake any task that might otherwise require you to leave the house. There is one who collects rubbish ... Read more >

Tags: customer service, delhi, india, personal shopping and generally being spoilt, shopping

Photos: Old Delhi

INDIA | Wednesday, 20 Jul 2011 | Photo Gallery

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Nutella, make up and 1/8 bottle of wine

INDIA | Wednesday, 29 Jun 2011 | Views [672] | Comments [2]

Contents of new fridge: nutella, make up and 1/8 bottle of wine. Hallmarks of a single woman ; ) In my three week absence from Delhi the temperature has dropped but the humidity has skyrocketed. So, while it is wonderful applying serums, ... Read more >

Tags: apartment living, hygiene, make up and massage oil, rubbish

Corruption? What corruption?

INDIA | Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 | Views [1033]

India claims the title as the world’s largest democracy. But don’t be fooled; this is not democracy as we know it; it has not been fought for by British or American troops, it is not exported in coca cola bottles in exchange for oil barrels, it ... Read more >

Tags: corruption, democracy, development, india

For her eyes only... except in India

INDIA | Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | Views [767]

There is an ancient and secret honour code among women, a silent covenant that, whatever continent, village or house we visit is acknowledged by other women. It is the operating system upon which the earth spins, it is how All Things Are Known. It ... Read more >

Tags: lingo languages and other forms of communication

Photos: Dilli Haat market

INDIA | Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | Photo Gallery

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Game on! Old bird 5 – me 1 (finally)

INDIA | Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | Views [388]

I triumphed! Today I succeeded in a battle I have been plotting, failing and finally succeeded in! I beat the maid to the door. I beat an 80 year old lady in a race. And godammit I’m proud because the old girl moves fast and it’s taken a week to do ... Read more >

Tags: maids, manservants and other species

The land of eternal virgins

INDIA | Thursday, 26 May 2011 | Views [554]

To hear some Indian women talk you’d swear they stay virgins even after they’re married (let’s not talk about before, somebody’s mother might be listening). Tonight with a storm swirling outside a cute lady who I like tremendously (I could live here ... Read more >

A curse upon the unprepared vagabond!

INDIA | Saturday, 21 May 2011 | Views [828]

You know the scene in Indiana Jones and the last crusade where Harrison Ford steps off a cliff, eyes closed, confident a path will rise up from the abyss to meet his feet? That’s how I travel. I step out happily into the unknown, confident that the ... Read more >

Tags: delhi, india, stupidity, train travel, travel preparation

If I should die think only this of me; That there's some corner of a Delhi highway..

INDIA | Wednesday, 18 May 2011 | Views [1082]

..that is Forever England. Some people have daily affirmations. Mine goes something like this: ‘Holy fucking crap!’ ‘Jesus H christ’ ‘I/He/she/we/ are all   going to die’ Ah yes. Delhi traffic. I had been warned, but ... Read more >

Tags: delhi, india, near death experiences

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