A woman cycles through the streets with her children, looking for drinking water. (Pic : M. Vedhan/ The Hindu)

Why do we still have water scarcity in Indian cities?

It is a cycle almost as predictable as the boom and bust of economic cycles – every few years, the monsoon fails and suddenly, there is water scarcity in the cities. People suffer and try everything they can to tide over the shortage. Then, the next year the rains are better and everyone forgets about…

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Did Sleeping Beauty snore?

Two days and twenty nine years after Diana Spencer’s wedding to Prince Charles, there was another fairytale wedding in the world (if you go by the US newspapers atleast).  We have been treated to front page stories every day on Chelsea Clinton’s fiance, speculations on the wedding venue,  her dress, guest list, the wedding cost,…

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Soundbyte thinking

I laughed at her too at first, and everything she says would be funny – if she were a five year old.  She makes me nervous.  She is not Sarah Palin or Miss Teen South Carolina, which, perhaps, is what makes it worse. If you watch the video, you can see she thinks in terms…

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India trips and to-do lists

Every time I visit India, I tell myself that this time I will : (a) relax, (b) eat lots of great home food, (c) eat lots of great street food, (d) meet other bloggers. (e) take stunning, candid pictures (of family, friends, street scenes, beaches, trains …you name it). Each time I run around like…

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All for a photo – risks some people take

What is it about a camera lens that makes otherwise sensible people behave completely irrationally when they stare at it? Take these people I saw last week at the Everglades :  That little gray thing that he is posing in  front of ? It’s an adult alligator.  Here is a closer look of the other…

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A welcome bill in the mail

I was a little surprised to find a bill from the dentist in my mail.  Surely I had paid the clinic during my visit, for whatever insurance did not cover?  Yes, I still had the receipt in my purse.  Still puzzled, I opened the envelope and what do I find?  My dentist’s office had just…

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This used to be my driveway

It’s now, apparently, a (cross-country) ski run 🙂 Somewhere under all that cake icing, you will also find a front garden. My travel plans are all in shambles.  I have just spent 7 hours at the airport, playing roulette re-book with American Airlines representatives.  I will return for more tomorrow. The grand irony is  –…