25 October, 2020

Homesick For Delhi

Homesick For Delhi
When two-thirds of middle-class India is queuing up to leave Bharat Mata ji, how come I got hitched to a woman who prefers Khan Market to Oxford Street, would rather live in Nizamuddin than Knightsbridge, and feels more comfortable in Delhi taxis than the London underground. Anuradha knew when we married at Tis Hazari four years ago, that one day, the long fingers of the bbc would beckon, and the Auntie who must be obeyed would summon me back from Delhi. But back then, life in London seemed a distant prospect. Last September, it became a stark reality. After five-and-a-half years of expatriate life, I passed through Heathrow with a reluctant wife, and two tired and irritable children, in tow.

A lot had changed in my time away. In truth, I had only the haziest idea of what Tony Blair's 'cool Britannia' entailed, could name no current chart-topping band beyond the Spice Girls, and was woefully behind on the plots of every TV soap. Football teams which were also rans including Blackburn Rovers, can you believe had enjoyed a miraculous resurrection. I couldn't even venture...



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