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December 19, 2011

Smog time

Smog time

Welcome to India in December

This is India in winter, smog… sorry officially FOG.. cant say smog as it gives the wrong impression I am told!  Its really smog, lots of diesel engines with poor emissions standards (yes a brand new car/bus/truck blowing black smoke is not a EU emiission standard I am sorry India… even if you do put a sticker on the bumper saying is conforms to EU standards…)

But this is the view every morning for the next 2 months… its weird as it looks like fog but you go stand outside and you can tell its not wet and 100% humidity like in true fog, there is no feeling of being in a wet cloud.

January 22, 2011

Its the smog season

Looking towards Kolkata Airport

This is what its like at this time of year in India, all over India! Its smog. Kolkata and Delhi get the worst of it , I suspect the main reason for this is the humans.

Walking outside this morning to sit and drink my coffee and read the local rags , of course you have to content with the air. We have lived in many countries with smog and dirty air we are used to this. The one difference is the smell in India.

The air smells of burning plastics and rubber products, with the hint of burnt wood . Wood I like the smell of, but the plastics is a little bit much. Add to it the high sulphur diesel thats used in all the cars and trucks and we have a lot of smog when the   high pressure systems are over India….sad.

Looking towards Salt Lake City, on a clear day you can see this city center from here!