Why Delhi-dwellers are breathing in the equivalent of 40 cigarettes a day

by Rashmee

Posted on November 21, 2018 / The National


It’s not quite Dickens but Delhi now has its own mournful dirge on the city’s dirty air. “No one noticed / When the sparrows left / It was just another / smoggy winter morning,” wrote an unknown poet in the Indian capital. “Delhi bought air purifiers / masks, cough syrup / and tweeted in anger”. … Continue reading “Why Delhi-dwellers are breathing in the equivalent of 40 cigarettes a day”

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India’s patchy record on pollution has led the country to crisis

by Rashmee

Posted on December 20, 2017 / The National


Until Monday, when the Gujarat elections results came in, the air over Delhi was thick with speculation. The Indian capital, always a political cauldron, hissed and bubbled. Was Narendra Modi on the point of that ultimate indignity, losing face in his home state? Would Mr Modi’s BJP cede ground after 22 years in its stronghold? … Continue reading “India’s patchy record on pollution has led the country to crisis”

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@GardinerHarris and New Delhi’s perilous, polluted nose cone situation

by Rashmee

Posted on June 28, 2015


It was a bit of a coincidence to hear Gardiner Harris on the radio while I read the following line from Margaret Atwood’s novel ‘The Year of the Flood’: “The air was better than it was in the middle of the city so you didn’t have to wear nose cones so much”. Coincidence because Mr … Continue reading “@GardinerHarris and New Delhi’s perilous, polluted nose cone situation”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK