Orange gold in the streets of Old Delhi


Making marigolds into garlands.


Papaya, or pawpaw. Succulent and ripe.

By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.


  1. In Nepal last October there was a Hindu festival of lights. The stray dogs had “leis” of marigolds and we’re each given a good meal. It was touching.

  2. Gwen, the festival is Diwali, or Deepawali, to give it its full name. The garlands of marigolds for the dogs might have been to apologise to them for all the noxious firecrackers that scared the pants off them.

    1. Ah. Thank you. I left the evening after they began stringing lights so I missed that. And the fireworks. Poor dogs!!

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