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Took me long enough to pick up my friend @samitbasu's middle grade books about the adventures of a young Delhi boy called Stoob. Good things come to she who waits however because I was able to score all three at the same time and not have to wait to read the whole series. These books are hilarious and also capture excellently what it's like to be ten (then 11 and 12). One of the best set of kids books in India in my opinion and great fun even if you're an adult reader. Plus the…

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An afternoon of writing but how can I write when it's nap time for the entire village? I know I know I'm being a bit too enthusiastic with my photo taking but it's only day one. Promise not to bombard you with updates from tomorrow onwards. Today however here have a photo of the front door and my view from one of the several writing desks set up for this work from home household. #goanway #freelancelife

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Just planted these a few weeks ago. Have had so much luck with my chilli plant thought I'd try a few more edibles. Unfortunately I've forgotten what seed went into which pot so they're all going to be a glorious surprise. There's a bushy cucumber back there some basil more chilli (the big variety) some sunflowers and some coriander. Hopefully they'll be big enough to harvest by the time we return. Meanwhile in Goa I look forward to working in an actual garden with @madamexmeow in the lead…

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Fat cat table party on my already overcrowded desk. (hey mess is a sign of creativity.) I'm going to miss my sausage cats my pudge buckets my corgi kitties my fatface esquires. #catsagram #bruno #olgadapolga

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Our last hang for this year! Here we are at TC getting tremendously drunk. #friends #delhidiary

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Early birthday present from K! (my birthday is mid December but since we'll be in Goa shopping opportunities are thin on the ground) loving my new boxing mitts and pads the best workout for someone like me who wants excitement as well as a way to get rid of inner rage. #darkside #boxing

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Bedtime reading. I've read and loved all of Manju Kapur's other books. Okay maybe not ALL: A Married Woman and Custody left me a bit cold but Difficult Daughters is fantastic as is Home both of which I've reread a zillion times. Today went shopping with my mum and aunt for early birthday presents for me. Two gorgeous dresses and Manju's newest. Cannot wait to snuggle up in bed on the first really cold day of the year with my sleeping beauty and read. #bookstagram #200in2016 #nowreading…

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Morning view from the window: our neighbour's daughter on the phone and walking her pet rooster Lodhi (he was found on Lodhi Road). She takes him for a little spin on the terrace every now and then but this is the first time I've seen them.(I do hear him a lot though) #delhidiary

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The girls are back! So much fun with projector and Gilmore fans and pizza and bhelpuri and tequila and popcorn and chip dip. No spoilers! #delhidiary #gilmoregirls

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My favourite part of winter mornings is watching the shadows turn from timid to striped. There's a golden hour when the sun hits the bamboo grill roof juuuuust right. #delhidiary #shadows

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