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Cleaning up, bit by bit

This morning, not able to stand the rubbish on the beach at Besant Nagar, Chennai, I found a large plastic bag and started picking plastic trash along the shore. After a bit (the bag was full and heavy enough for … Continue reading

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Discovering India in Delhi – 2

It is that time of year again–painting walls ruined by water seepage, or the dreaded सीलन. The painters are from Bihar, they say, from सीतामढ़ी, Mithila, Sita’s birthplace. What do you grow there, I ask, wheat and  rice, they say, so naturally … Continue reading

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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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Art in a changing world

On a recent visit to the Crafts Museum in Delhi, I thought again about why tribal paintings tended to portray diverse types of animals, but only one kind of tree or, at least, one that can not be easily identified … 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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Income Tax Blues

Two letters from the IT office. Don’t dare open them. Finally do, in the presence of sister and cousin after getting to Chennai (well, the letters came just before I left to go there). AAAARRGGHHH I owe them moneys?!! Quite a … Continue reading

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Pinjra kaise banta hai

A couple of days ago, I emerged from the small side exit on my way to have some tea, when I noticed a gaggle of bicycles at the main gate, all green–indicating they had been rented at the metro station–and … Continue reading

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Painters of the orange wall

This relates to the Saga of a wall The second painting job was done by Pappu and his wife. From Rajasthan, both were tall, long-limbed and with beautiful faces — sharp-featured, large-eyed, with that kind of Somali/Ethiopian beauty (do these peoples share … 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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Granted, it is not easy

Get a letter, end July,  saying that the grant money has been transferred to DU. So I ask around, what do I need to do next? Oh nothing, just start spending the money and start submitting bills. That easy? Hmm. … Continue reading

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