Category Archives: Dilli o Dilli

Discovering India in Delhi

Finally, three months later than planned, I set off for a bit of shopping, target: Bihar emporium (Ambapali) to buy Bhagalpuri silk. Get off the metro, out via gate 7, pass a group of “Asian Ambassadors of Peace” (or some … Continue reading

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Pressure cookers, spare parts, and disappearing life-styles

A recent consequence of the now monotonous routine of place-pot-on-gas-forget-char was a blown pressure cooker valve, which meant even greater chances of place-pot-of-dal-on-gas-forget-char-OR-watch-it-not-boil-over-AND-not-cook. So, finally being done with exam duties,  I set off on my quest to get back a functioning pressure … Continue reading

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Dilli o Dilli or, The world of MTNL-2

It’s been nearly FOUR years since I last lost my cell phone. In the meantime, I have rejected Aircel and taken up with Airtel, which is an improvement, and have been managing pretty well with my dual SIM phone. That … Continue reading

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LTC, DU, AI/IA (DEL-MAA-DEL)

LTC  DU  AI/IA  DEL (Delhi)  MAA (Chennai aka Madras) Thanks to a couple of my colleagues, who regularly remind me about leave travel concessions, blocks and so on, I have so far availed of this benefit about three times in these past six … Continue reading

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All in a morning’s walk to work

Starting with this donation left on a parapet wall outside the front door to my flat by a passing monkey — my best guess for the origin of this bit of morning toilette in this unlikely spot.     Then, this view … Continue reading

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Know thy postman (and lineman, etc)

14 June 2014 Here I am, in my usual post-lunch stupor, at my mother’s house in Chennai. My cell phone rings. Cursing, I pull myself up and reach for the phone and squint to read the caller’s name. “Civil Lines … Continue reading

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Dilli o Dilli, Or, The World of MTNL

24 July, 2012 I grew up in a pre-liberalization India where the public sector ruled. Things changed, of course, and the transformation of Chennai Telephones (?) to BSNL was unnoticed by me because I had left Chennai and India by … Continue reading

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Dilli o Dilli, Or, I KNEW that North India was a different country

14 July 2012 Dilli o Dilli Or, I KNEW that North India was a different country Moving is not to be taken lightly anywhere. But in Delhi, it takes on a whole other dimension. Having moved to a different flat … Continue reading

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Wah re wah, MCD*!

12 December 2012 On Monday, on my way to work, I saw a dead dog on the pavement just beyond Patel Chest Institute and before Geology. Sad, I thought, and walked on. And assumed that someone would do something about … Continue reading

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