How good are La Sportiva G2 SM climbing boots?

Although I have climbed a few mountains, I still feel a tad wary of describing myself as a “mountaineer”.  So this review of my new La Sportiva G2 SM climbing boots might not be full of pukka technical terms, but it most definitely comes from the heart. By way of… Continue reading

White Magic Adventure Travel does it again!

It is almost 5 years since I was introduced to the best climbing and trekking company in India – there you go, colours nailed firmly to the mast! – and the high standards of WM never cease to amaze.  And impress.  And reassure. I just returned a few days ago… Continue reading


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… Continue reading


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… Continue reading


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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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.… Continue reading

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,… Continue reading