Blog: 2016

PROTSAHAN - a most worthwhile NGO

  • Posted on: 21 March 2016
  • By: Aline Dobbie

We had a dinner with the lovely Sonal Kapoor who founded the wonderful charity Protsahan to help educate and nurture girl children who are totally disadvantaged. She does wonderful work and is so committed and courageous. We first met in February five years ago and we visited one of her centres in extreme west of Delhi.

This young lady from Delhi is working with such commitment and courage in a difficult field and achieving hugely. I have enormous affection for her and respect her greatly.

Christmas and New Year in Mumbai

  • Posted on: 21 February 2016
  • By: Aline Dobbie

We arrived in Mumbai on 23rd December and enjoyed the Emirates flight from Glasgow to Dubai.  I was not however impressed with the second flight from Dubai to Mumbai and we arrived late.  It was with a jaundiced eye therefore I viewed Mumbai's Chatrapathi Shivaji airport.  Let us say the airport is good....I had not seen this new one before.  However the sheer incompetence of the minion handing out the mandatory landing form to be then signed was disgraceful.  Hitherto these forms were handed out on the flight and one had time to fill it in neatly sitting in the airline seat...no more it seems.  So tired harassed arrival passengers then have to grapple with finding a surface on which to fill out the form accurately.  We are used to it, you should have heard the impression  it made on first time arrivals.....said one 'if this is what the rest of this trip is going to be like....you can keep India, I won't  recommend  it....'

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