High Court holds first and second wives must be maintained equally

When I logged on to the Times of India this morning, this was one of the headlines. The High Court here in Mumbai (the highest court in the country is the Supreme Court of India) has ruled that when a Muslim man remarries without having divorced his first wife, he must maintain the first wife to the same level as he does the second.

Mr Khan claimed that he gave his first wife talaaq (verbal divorce) four years ago, but the court rejected this due to lack of documentary evidence. A maintenance order was originally made in favour of the first wife for around a quarter of Mr Khan’s salary, but the High Court has now made an ongoing maintenance order of over half his salary.

I found this story interesting as to me (as an outsider) it shows the law acknowledging cultural and religious difference. (However, as you can see from the comments on the story, this is not necessarily a popular approach).

Damp. Dab. DAZZLE

As previously mentioned, since we moved to Mumbai I’ve been watching tv regularly for the first time in several years. (Rather than using this opportunity to improve my knowledge of current affairs or develop an understanding of Bollywood, I’ve become really involved in The Mentalist and the delightfully bogan New Zealand’s Next Top Model).

“Organised” or chain retail remains fairly uncommon in India, and comprises well under 10% of the market. Reforms to allow majority foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail recently passed into law after being put on ice for several months, and are widely unpopular.  With the exception of a couple of online retailers like Flipkart and Jabong.com,  the ads on English-language tv are predominantly for products rather than shops or chains. One of my favourites is this ad, for Livon Silky Potion. I only wish my hair care products made me as happy as hers do.

Guerilla signs on London transport

The Poke has published a collection of guerilla ‘adjustments’ to London public transport signs – I think my favourite is ‘”naughty passengers will be crushed”.

Things packed, things I should have packed

Things I, ludicrously, packed or stocked up on for Mumbai:

  • pens (a city of 20 million+ is of course unlikely to have pens);
  • notebooks (see above);
  • wine glasses, when all we drink is beer;
  • cheap cotton clothes; and
  • sunscreen.

Things I wish I’d packed:

  • baking yeast (I can’t find it anywhere here and was planning to make my own bread);
  • a new laptop as mine keeps terrifyingly freezing;
  • a hard drive fully stocked with unwatched tv and movies; and
  • a comfortable mattress.

Ganesh Chaturthi


Boxing kangaroo ride, R City mall, Ghatkopar West, Mumbai

Kangaroo Ride

Panoramic Resort, Karnala

Frog slide


Taken at Panoramic Resort, Karnala, when we visited it for a corporate event for C’s company a couple of weeks ago.

Make a bookplate for your iDevice (or smartphone)

DesignSponge has a quick tutorial on making a bookplate for your iPad, iPhone or other smartphone. The bookplate means that there’s contact information visible on your lock screen, to improve your chances of the device being returned to you if it’s lost or left behind. I wouldn’t put my home address on there, but email and mobile I think will help.

If you’d like a copy of this iPad home screen wallpaper (to add your own bookplate and contact information to), download the full sized version here.

Street scene, Powai

View from the hot cheese roll stand

The view from the hot cheese roll stand in Powai. Yes, there is a Costa Coffee, yes the coffee is atrocious.

Our water purifier

The Mumbai tap water is (in what I appreciate are our ideal circumstances) not safe for drinking. I rinse my toothbrush in it, and don’t shower in scuba gear, but for drinking and cooking we rely on the Kent RO water purifier. It looks agreeably sinister: