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Category: Delhi Daze


"A seemingly well-meaning guy with a cloth pointed out a fresh blat of runny cow dung on my shoe and offered to remove it for me. Hang on a minute. I only stepped out of the car a moment ago and if I'd trodden on something it would be under my shoe, not over it." Stravaig reflects on some of the more common scams in Delhi, and the economic realities behind them.

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British Kite Mark

"Forget Afghanistan, forget the tensions between Pakistan and India. Forget the possibility of terrorist attacks on foreigners. And forget that they're trying to change the right-of-way rule on roundabouts (scary!). The currently most dangerous thing about living in Delhi is the birds." Stravaig has a brush with a pariah kite!

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Monkey business

Primate pranks take up Stravaig's attention in this instalment of her column about life in Delhi.

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Licensed to kill

Stravaig goes to pick up an Indian driving licence - and finds the process startling!

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The birds and the bees

"Some bees make honey, some bees buzz around, and some bloody BIG bees will build nests (beehives?) on your backside if you're not careful." Some facts of life in Delhi as seen by Stravaig...

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