Thursday Doors

Sorry about missing last week’s challenge – I was away from my base in Delhi, visiting an MSF Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders project in Manipur. So I will offer to show you some doors from the far North-East of India. These pictures are from a prayer mountain in the village of Gelmuol, above the town… Continue reading Thursday Doors

Sitar & Tabla Morning Ragas

Ustad Shujaat Khan is one of the best sitar players in India. Last month, on a crisp Sunday morning, we went to see him perform morning ragas at India Habitat Centre. We arrived just in time to miss the formal introduction and presentation of flowers, and took our seats in the third row on the… Continue reading Sitar & Tabla Morning Ragas

Sunday Walk

The air pollution in Delhi remains appalling, so it was great to get out of the city on Sunday morning. We went with a walking group to visit some secret lakes. These are actually man-made, following quarrying for building stone, hundreds of years ago. Although the lakes collect rainwater, most of it rises up from… Continue reading Sunday Walk

How do you fit four elephants into a mini?

Obviously, two in the front seats, two in the back seats. But how many sheep can you fit into a minivan in Lodhi Colony? One… Two… Three… Lots… What panache, what elan!  Wearing white shoes while manhandling the carcass by a hand inside its thorax. No spots of blood on his footwear. Once he was inside… Continue reading How do you fit four elephants into a mini?

The colour purple

One of my colleagues adores the colour purple. To say it’s her favourite colour is an understatement. As we waited in the car to cross the Grand Trunk Road in Delhi to get to the clinic, a cycle rickshaw pulled alongside. This was a cycle-utility vehicle, carrying potted flowers. Most of the blooms were yellow… Continue reading The colour purple