Archive for 2011

December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays

We are closing for the holidays, back in the New Year with lots of energy and full of resolutions that we have no intention of keeping.

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, see you in 2012!

Bunty & Bubbly

The Chatterjis

December 21, 2011

Confessions Of A GP

If you are looking for a light hearted read that gives insight into the world of GP’s, Benjamin Daniels’ book, Confessions of a GP is worth a read.

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December 21, 2011

Bursting Breasts

Can you imagine breast implants leaking or rupturing? Ughh! Ghastly!! Makes me shudder… The Guardian reveals that 250 women are launching a high court case against 6 British clinics who have supplied them with faulty French produced implants. About 30,000 women in France and 40,000 in Britain are said to have these implants which may need replacing.

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December 20, 2011

15 Minute Trifle

If you are looking for a scrumptious dessert that takes very little time then here it is. Blueberry Trifle, Nigella Lawson style (it’s not her recipe though).

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December 20, 2011

Secret Santa

Secret Santas are great fun but can be quite tricky if you are buying for someone you don’t really know. In the past I have had great Secret Santas andbad ones!!!

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December 19, 2011

Doggy Fashion

Tutti (right) came into  my friends’ lives as a little Delhi street puppy that was under attack.  Once she recovered from her injury, they tried in vain to find her a home (they already had a dog) but she decided she already had a home with them and so is now part of the family.

Every morning we (me, Tutti, Sufi the tortoise, Batty the other dog and my other two friends) all fight for a spot in the garden where the sun shines for about 1.5hours before moving on, blasted Earth rotations, wish I could hit ‘pause’.   We all never sat so close!

Dogs do feel very cold in winter and here you can see Tutti modelling a very fine dog jacket, so I found some other ones that you could get for your little pooch for Christmas.

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December 16, 2011

Sufi Poetry Corner

You’ve no idea how hard I’ve looked for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right.

What’s the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the Ocean.
Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient.

It’s no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these.

So- I’ve brought you

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December 15, 2011

Super Nannies

£448 million to be spent on troubleshooters for problem families!

These “super nannies” will go into “troubled” households and attempt to sort out their problems. They will ensure people are getting up and going to work; that children aren’t truanting; that anti-social behaviour is eradicated. The so called “troubled” families will lose benefits and or face eviction if they do not comply.

Family From TV Series "Shameless"

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December 15, 2011

Spendthrift

Westminster Council in the City of London has been reported to have spent nearly £500,000 on signage and employment despite a judicial ruling postponing the introduction of the impending evening and weekend parking charges in the borough. Is this bad financial management or not?

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December 15, 2011

Mulled Wine & Mince Pies

The best aromas of Christmas must be that of mulled wine and warm mince pies.  Since I will spend Christmas in Delhi (sniff) I’ll share a taste of what I will miss, you cannot beat my mulled wine recipe – try and see for yourself.

You will need the following:

2 bottles of good red wine – I use cab sauv which works really well.  It is a myth that you can use rubbish wine.  Repeat after me: rubbish wine = rubbish mulled wine.

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December 15, 2011

Google Becomes an Activist

Google announced that it has donated $11.5 million to coalitions around the world to help both fight slavery and help those currently enslaved find rescue and freedom.

I think it’s wonderful that such a large organisation seemingly disconnected

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December 15, 2011

Chemical Spill Over London Olympics

A petition that has gathered over 11,000 names world-wide to remove Dow Chemical as a sponsor of the main stadium at the London Olympics is slowly making an impact.  That it has taken international petitioning to bring attention to the company that is owner of Union Carbide, the company responsible for the Bhopal disaster, shows how low

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December 14, 2011

Christmas Day Dilemma

Dear Diary,

Family politics at Christmas is quite boring!!! We have just had the ordeal for Diwali and now within a couple of months, it is Christmas. Where to spend it and with whom? The annually recurring question.

Since we have had children, this dilemma has existed and the effort to spend equal amounts of time with both sides of the family is just exhausting. Sometimes, I would rather just spend it at home, just the four of us.

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December 14, 2011

Opportunity Knocks

A new study highlighted by the wonderful Harvard Business Review (my favourite geek read) found that young adults who grew up in entrepreneurial households were affected

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December 13, 2011

Just For Menz

Just one of

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December 12, 2011

Just Say No

So Cameron stood his ground and said “No”.

What does this mean? Nobody knows. There are some who believe this is the best thing since sliced bread, some who think he has failed Britain miserably and Nick Clegg who just doesn’t know which way to swing.

But in reality nobody knows what the impact of Cameron’s decision will be; not the economists; not the finance ministers; not the politicians and not the general public. They can only speculate as Cameron clearly says “We are not in this together,” to Europe.

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December 9, 2011

Because You’re Worth It

I hope L’Oreal dont sue me for using their tag line but I’ve picked a selection of wonderful accessories that will bring hours of happiness and compliment your Christmas party outfit.  High budget or low, there is something for every girl’s treasure chest, sit back and enjoy:

Gold tassel belt by ethical designer, Shazia Saleem, £35.  The belt is 2m long and can be worn in a whole selection of ways, even a necklace.

Beautiful Swarovski crystal earrings by Erikson Beamon, £480 on Net-a-Porter.  The colours of the crystals are just beautiful.  You don’t have to be matchy matchy, they would look great on a contrasting outfit too.

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December 8, 2011

Bollywood V Disney

I never thought that Bollywood would win in my house as neither me or my husband watch modern Bollywood movies.

 

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December 8, 2011

Not The Nanad!

What is it about nanads, (husbands sister), that makes them so devious? Some of the stories I am hearing at the moment are beyond childish and insecure to really psychologically disturbed.

A friend of mine has had a torrid relationship with her nanad from the beginning. At first it was bitchy things like ignoring her at family events, or revealing private conversations at inappropriate times.

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December 8, 2011

The Dispossessed

What is about South Asians and science fiction?  They just don’t get it.  I cannot believe that there is anyone alive that doesn’t love Star Wars (Empire Strikes Back is my favourite).  How can you possibly not be excited by Captain Picard’s adventures through space on the Enterprise?  And don’t get me started about Dune, which I not only loved reading as a child but also loved watching David Lynch’s film adaptation with a young  Kyle MacLachlan.  Now, we obviously get into more respectable territories

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December 7, 2011

Soup Kitchen

Winter always makes me want to eat soup and one of favourites is roasted butternut squash soup which is always served as a starter for our Christmas dinner.

Ingredients:

Butternut Squash, 1 onion, 3-4 baby potatoes, salt, pepper, nutmeg and double cream.

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December 6, 2011

The X Factor

X Factor is final is looming and the best act on the show was voted out on Sunday night.

Misha B mentored by Kelly Rowland just couldn’t get the public to like her despite providing the most consistently outstanding performances every week.

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December 6, 2011

Chicken Pox Parties

My two daughters have chicken pox and I was asked if I was going to host a party. At first I thought they were joking, but these events really take place.

Parents throw parties so that other children can catch the virus. The reason is that Chicken Pox is less serious as a child than an adult and the earlier you suffer from this vile infection the better it is.

 

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December 6, 2011

Planet Kepler

Nasa have identitified a potential new planet Earth, currently named Kepler, for future Earthlings to colonise and ruin.  It will take them 600 light years to reach there so I hope we manage to create warp speed in time.

Can you imagine the type of people who would colonise it? 

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December 6, 2011

Sunbathing Sufi

You may remember a previous post in which I introduced my adorable pet tortoise in India, Sufi.  Well, here she is sunbathing in the winter sun, all arms and legs but she’s protecting her face. 

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December 5, 2011

The Guide is Gone

On Sunday morning, India and South Asians around the world awoke with the sad news that Dev Anand passed away.  The 88 year-old superstar and icon was in London on a trip to launch a season celebrating his career in Indian cinema with Channel 4.

Although I was not a huge fan and must confess

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December 5, 2011

Entrepreneurs, Indian-Style

This light ‘shop’ appeared one day in the trees on a a busy road that I drive long every day in South Delhi.  Once this shop opened its doors (or branches)

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December 1, 2011

Enslaving India

Never a dull day in Indian politics this week attention is, rightly, fixed on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to allow 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the retail sector.  Opposition parties and apparently the majority of Indians are against 100% FDI as it goes against Indian interests, jobs and competition.

The decision has been compared to the British coming under the guise of trade and that even today’s potential loosening of restrictions would lead India to slavery once more.

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November 28, 2011

Science Is A Hoax

In the USA only three out of eight of the Republican candidates for the next presidential elections believe in the scientific basis for evolution and some have even portrayed scientist as perpetrators of a massive hoax.

We had a wonderful debate

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November 28, 2011

60,000 Weddings and No Funerals

Today had been declared one of the most auspicious days to get married according to Hindu priests and their astrolological predictions so 60,000 weddings are taking place tonight in Delhi alone.

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November 24, 2011

Erotica

Last weekend Olympia played host the hottest fair in town, Erotica. It was like a masquerade burlesque funfair with every form of sexual pleasure on display.

A friend was launching her new range of Pleasure Pillows and I went along for support.

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November 24, 2011

Speeding

There was an article in today’s London Metro that I totally empathise with. Residents in a village in Devon have painted a huge speed limit sign on the side of their house because they are so sick of people speeding down their road.

I live on a road that is used as a cut through. It has no ramps and people drive between 40 to 50mph down it. This year alone we have had to repair our car four times from cars speeding past and damaging our car.

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November 23, 2011

Delhi is 100, Again

On December 12 1911 King George V declared himself the Emperor of India and Delhi the new capital (previously Calcutta was capital).  Delhi is famously a capital city that has had several reincarnations and has the beautiful remnants of at least 11 capital cities in its boundaries.

The current government of India has now been asked how it will commemorate Delhi’s Centenary and it has mixed feelings.  The official line is that the Centenary will not be marked

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November 22, 2011

Oh Look, An Elephant!

With a beautiful

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November 22, 2011

Six Degrees Reduced To Four

We all know of the famous six degrees of separation, the theory you can connect to anyone in the world through six people.  Well, if like one tenth of the world’s population your world is on Facebook, that figure has now been reduced to 4.74

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November 21, 2011

Calling Mr Vain

A new report claimed that British men spend longer than British women on personal grooming, coming from a family full of vain men I could have told them that.  I can’t comment too much, I take ages … the words ‘quick’ and ‘shower’ do not ever go together.

Imagine that this survey was of British men, not traditinally known

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November 21, 2011

Germany Opens Old Wounds

In recent weeks Germany’s decision to tax Belgian pensioners and widows that receive pensions has been implemented leaving them understandably upset.  This is not least because they were former slave labourers forced to work for Germany during the war and the pension was meant to provide compensation.

Some of these pensioners are in their 80s and suffered years of trauma once they returned home.  The rate of tax Germany wants to charge

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November 17, 2011

Cakeage

I heard on Radio 2 today that restaurants are starting to charge “cakeage” and it could be anything like £6 per person which is what the Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell charge. Are you kidding me?

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November 17, 2011

Moustache Month

Movember is a month-long initiative aimed at raising awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer.  It’s wonderful seeing men trying to grow their moustaches and figure out that to do with them as the…art?…of moustache grooming is forgotten.

Daniel Craig joins in, above, and below you will find some other lovely or otherwise moustaches:

Robert De Niro from Godfather Part II, rocks his ‘tache.

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November 17, 2011

Bible Bash

The Queen and the Archbishop held a special service marking the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.   This version of the bible had been painstakingly translated into English so it could be read aloud at congregations.

Many Islamic scholars have argued

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