Poppycock!

Recent news headlines have reminded me of this expression, hardly ever heard these days.  It means “nonsense, rubbish, meaningless” etc., and is possibly a legacy from the days of the British army officers in India.  A storm in a teacup, is how I view Mr. Cherry's recent diatribe respecting the Remembrance Day Red Poppy. A …

Pandora’s Box?

In Hindustani (Hindi-Urdu) we have a word, “Walla”, which usually serves as a suffix to define a person’s ownership of something, his/her standing in society, profession or even as a label to mark their generic identity.  For instance, the seller of “chai” (tea) at a stall is known as a “chai walla”; the dispenser of …

Diwali celebrations

Diwali or, more appropriately, Deepawali (from Sanskrit, literally meaning a row of lighted “diyas” – clay lamps) is also popularly referred to as the “Festival of Lights”.  It is an important and popular Hindu festival and, thanks to the ever-increasing Indian diaspora, is now celebrated internationally with a lot of pomp and show (and noise, …