Jason Staines  |  jason.staines@me.com  |  81 posts

Dog day afternoon (and early morning)

September 27, 2010

The image of muddy paw prints stamped across a mattress in the Commonwealth Games village was a fantastic symbol of the mess organisers found themselves in during the lead-up to the event. Stray dogs are a fixture of most urban centres in India.

Expat bloggers

September 24, 2010

India draws expats from across the globe. Some are here for work, some are here for love, others came here on holiday and never left. Whatever their reasons for being here, they experience an India that's far removed from the country most tourists see.

How to queue

September 22, 2010

Despite appearances to the contrary, queuing in India is an art form. What may appear to the untrained eye as a mess of humanity is actually a highly organised effort as disciplined and technical as a rugby scrum, which in many ways, it is.

Designing the Games

September 20, 2010

Delhi's Commonwealth Games pictograms nicely blend the iconic stylings of previous efforts, while adding some local variations to mark them out as distinctly Indian.

N.D.P.D. Beige – Episode II

September 16, 2010

Our local police station in New Delhi looks like it could be in rural India – low-slung bungalows surround a courtyard of shrubs and trees full of singing birds. The only sign that it’s a cop shop is the guard stationed at the front gate with an automatic rifle.

N.D.P.D. Beige

September 14, 2010

One of the first pieces of advice you get in India is to have as little contact with the police as possible. If contact has to be made, it’s best to reach for your wallet first and ask questions later.

India through a lens

June 10, 2010

In case you hadn’t noticed, I like photography. My camera comes most places with me – even on grocery runs. However, as well as taking my own photos I enjoy being inspired by others, and given the rich variety of life and landscapes in India, there’s a lot to be inspired by.

Nothing but the rain

June 7, 2010

Everyone’s watching the skies at the moment. Down in the south of the country the southwest monsoon is already doing its thing; soaking the ground and cooling things off, a bit.

Secret Delhi

May 24, 2010

“It’s easy,” said my wife over the phone. “Keep going till you see the goat tied to the tree. There’s a gap in the fence behind; go through there, past the burning piles of rubbish, through the lane made from corrugated tin walls. Turn left and you’re there,” she said, rather too breezily for my […]

The MP, his friend, the chairman and a little birdy

April 20, 2010

Indian MP Shahsi Tharoor has resigned over his role in an Indian Premier League franchise bid. Meanwhile, IPL chairman Lalit Modi is being questioned by the BCCI.