Like most countries Indian TV ads are a pile of crap. Here, though, it is the beauty industry that needs to hold its head in shame. Not only are the ads rubbish, many of them claim to make your skin lighter. We are told this by famous two-dimensional Indian actresses and beautiful, glamorous zombie-like models whose natural skin colour are near-white anyway.
Husband and wife Santa and Kabita preparing us dinner. We spent a night at their home in the remote Himalayan village of Baranumber, where all cooking is done old-school style in a smoky wattle-and daub annexe that serves as their kitchen. Food was amazing; so too was the maize wine they distilled on this same stove before our very eyes!
UN sanctions anti-piracy guards The UN’s International Maritime Organization issues guidelines on the use of private armed guards to protect ships from piracy.
Somali pirates plead guilty in US Three Somali men plead guilty in a US court to piracy charges for their role in a hijacking that ended in the deaths of four Americans.
Liz and I have just spent a truly inspiring day darting between three schools in the Himalayan mountains. We met some wonderful children from very poor backgrounds who are all learning English (we’re trying to ‘twin’ one class with a school in Newport via our friend, Jude, but more on that in another blog post). Just take a look at this cheeky little chappie from Class Six at Magna Vale School, Sukhia Pokri, Darjeeling. Just adorable!
Danish Navy frees 16 Iranians from suspected Somali pirate ship After a firefight with suspected Somali pirates, Danish sailors freed 16 Iranian hostages on board an alleged mother ship, according to the Danish Royal Navy.
Drought hits a third of Somalis Almost one third of Somalia’s population are living in crisis, because of intensifying drought, according to a coalition of aid agencies.
Somali piracy ‘costs $8bn a year’ Piracy off the Somali coast costs the international community up to $8.3bn (£5.1bn) a year, and that could nearly double by 2015, a new study says.
Somali pirates sentenced to 439 years for hijacking Spanish fishing boat Madrid court claims government-linked groups paid $3.3m ransom to free Alakrana and its 36 crew members A Spanish court has sentenced two Somalis to 439 years in jail each for the 2009 hijacking of a Spanish fishing boat in the Indian Ocean, while claiming government-linked bodies paid a ransom … Read More
Radio review: The Sea Gangsters Tom Mangold presents a harrowing but comprehensive programme about the brutality of Somali pirates “They torture,” said Tom Mangold. “They kidnap. They brutalise. They murder without pity.” This was how The Sea Gangsters (Radio 4) began, and it never let up in its punchy delivery of scary scenarios. The subject was Somali pirates. “They’re nothing, … Read More
Iranian commandos ‘fire on pirates attempting to hijack tanker’ News agency report claims Somali pirates approached Voyager 1 in speedboats off coast of Pakistan Iran’s semi-official news agency says Iranian navy commandos opened fire on suspected Somali pirates attempting to hijack a supertanker. The Fars news agency says the Iranian Voyager 1 tanker came under attack off Pakistan’s south-western coast … Read More
Indian navy holds 61 pirates after skirmish at sea ‘Mothership’ and its crew captured by naval patrol in Arabian sea, with suspects facing trial in Mumbai Five dozen pirates living on a hijacked ship serving as a roving pirate base jumped into the Arabian Sea after the Indian navy fired on the vessel, naval authorities said. The navy captured 61 … Read More
Somalia Key facts, figures and dates
Danish sailors seized in Indian Ocean had anti-piracy plan Danish family wrote on a travel blog days before their capture that they were in daily contact with anti-piracy forces A Danish family whose boat was seized by pirates in the Indian Ocean wrote on a travel blog that they were in daily contact with anti-piracy forces and had prepared a … Read More
Somali pirates threaten to murder more hostages after deaths of four Americans • Reinforcements being ferried out to hijacked vessels• Those detained after killings may be tried in US Pirates in Somalia have said they are ferrying ammunition and men to the 30 hijacked vessels under their control, and threatened to kill more captives following the violent end to a … Read More
Dyed chicken, anyone? This photo was taken one Saturday afternoon on our way to the Arattupuzha Pooram elephant festival at a temple in Kerala. Elephant photos are so cliché so how about one of imbued infant avians instead? You’ve gotta love that one lonesome red chick!
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If you had told me a year ago that I would be in India drinking curried tea, I’d have laughed you off the boat. I’d heard of curry for breakfast and I’d even heard rumours of curried ice cream, but curried tea? As a tea-drinking Brit I spluttered and guffawed at this ridiculous notion.
My Mum and Dad have been on at me for not writing anything since we left Turkey, but I’ve been busy, and they write so much there’s nothing left for me to write about. They even stole my favourite topic, FISH, and wrote about all their fishing successes. What they failed to mention, of course, is how I actually lure the fish to Esper with my witchy, feline, telepathic senses, so all their successes are really mine. Anyway, here are my initial impressions of India. Damn snakes.