How good are “Nature Forever” bird feeders?

They are brilliant. End of review. Seriously, what’s not to like about the Nature Forever range of bird feeders, which are very reasonably priced, available here in India on Amazon (don’t worry – the relevant links are below) and, in our case at least, have attracted loads of birds and...

FULLMOON CAFE, Havelock Island

Revisiting the Andamans after many, many years, it was as though we were discovering the islands for the first time, so much had things changed. One of the lovely discoveries we made was the trendy Fullmoon Café on Havelock Island, which was not only the eatery for our little hotel,...

THE POST

Last night we saw Darkest Hour.  Today, The Post. A veritable embarrassment of riches. 2 amazing films, back to back. At the risk of sounding as though I’m writing those slightly corny one-liners that are quoted on movie posters, The Post is a triumph. The film is a brilliant re-enactment...

DARKEST HOUR

Other than the irritating “Cigarettes are injurious to health” warning which stayed on the screen almost all through the movie, I had nothing to fault in this fabulous film. So this review is actually going to be little more than a song of praise for outstanding acting, wonderful period detail...

INDIA & THE WORLD:A HISTORY IN NINE STORIES

In Mumbai last week, I went to the marvellous exhibition “India and the world: A history in nine stories” which is on at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya – or, as it says on their own website “(Formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India)”. Although the exhibition will travel...

Xiaomi MIJIA PM2.5 Smart Detector Air Quality Monitor

So shocking is the air quality in Delhi, where I live, that a Christmas present of a PM2.5 detector was a great hit. Our son brought us the Xiaomi MIJIA PM2.5 Smart Detector Air Quality Monitor from China, where he lives, and it is the easiest gadget to set up and...

Murder on the Orient Express

Dream cast. Visually sumptuous. Fab footage for steam train fans (and let’s face it, who isn’t a fan of steam trains?). But… Despite all of the above, and without wishing to sound ungrateful and churlish, Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express” never quite lives up to expectations. Judi Dench....

Eating at Smith’s in Wapping

In London for my birthday, we decided to eat locally, and since we were staying in Shad Thames, the choice was lots of nice but a bit run-of-the-mill-and-not-special-occasion-y places. Or Smith’s. Smith’s it was. We walked across Tower Bridge and strolled along the river to Smith’s, a large, rather green,...

Eating at Cafe Lota in the Delhi Crafts Museum

Finally. Finally I got my act together (thanks, Catriona) and not only visited the Crafts Museum after aeons, but also had lunch in the absolutely adorable Cafe Lota, situated just at the entrance to the museum complex. Been meaning to go there forever, and it was every bit as charming...

Victoria & Abdul

Oh dear. What a let down. The story, that of the unlikely friendship between an ageing Queen Victoria and her Indian servant, is not only a delectable one, but the additional fact that Abdul Karim’s diaries were only recently discovered is also thrilling. Add the incomparable Judi Dench to the...

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My name is Christine Pemberton, I'm British, and a full-time resident of Delhi. India is my forever home.

In this review blog, I share my opinions on the places & the restaurants I visit and, of course, the shopping I do. From reviewing running shoes to trying out scuba gear, from testing gadgets to sharing touristy tips, you should find something here to interest you. If not - tell me!