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The Amby – in Bahrain!

Look what I found – in Bahrain – today! It’s the Ambassador – the car that India once loved. This was that all-time favourite of virtually anyone in the country, anywhere, who owned a car until the automotive revolution signalled the beginning of its end and it finally breathed its last on Mat 25, 2014,…

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The little pakora shop

I have been to this shop several times. The pakoras (fritters) this gentleman makes are awesome, particularly for those hungry souls in nearby offices as well as for starved passers-by. And this place is forever crowded. Strangely, for a short while that I was there this morning, there wasn’t a soul in sight – but…

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Chop His Off

Finally it has happened. Someone – and that to a senior judge of the Madras High Court – has said what I have all along – castrate child rapists! I know this is not ever going to be possible in India – not in the foreseeable future anyway  – thanks to its ‘human rights’ and…

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This is not ‘achaa’

Bahrain’s been taken by the proverbial storm in the last couple of years. Kiosks and roadside cafeterias have been cashing in on what they call ‘karak’ (strong) chai (tea) and everyone’s been making a beeline for these joints as if they are the ultimate in serving the “most consumed beverage in the world.” Yes, there…

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Ferns and curries

I never did imagine this large leafy growth we see so often in the hills of North and North Eastern India could actually be turned into a very tasty meal. But that’s exactly what we discovered when we travelled to Sikkim last year. I had seen ferns of various sizes and shapes since childhood but…