23 April is World Book Day

23 April is World Book Day

Reading is as important as breathing or eating. Celebrate 23 April as World Book Day

Summer Nightfall

Summer Nightfall

Summer’s here when  night falls slowly O’er a long extended dusk. As the sun begins its journey, Westward down into the sea. Birds begin their homeward journey Squawking crows’ shrill cacophony Children gather balls and playthings Wrapping up their busy day. Cars rush by through orange signals Homeward to their families The air is still And hot and muggy April still has yet to come. But the summer night falls slowly Street lights come on one by one; Gradually the dark sky twinkles…

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Tales of the Urban Indian Farmer : Busting Myths

Tales of the Urban Indian Farmer : Busting Myths

Tired and jaded by the modern world, many urban Indians are thinking about farming. Hoping to have a more sustainable lifestyle, they are returning to their roots. Or rather, they are returning to the land. But farming is not easy and the rosy dreams of becoming a self-sufficient happy person can soon remain castles in the air. About 120 km away from the busy metropolis of Mumbai is the sleepy village of Abje. This village, in Palghar District, is a…

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There’s no summer like a Mango Summer

There’s no summer like a Mango Summer

Our brief spring is over and summer has begun in earnest. The afternoons are hot and sticky and I enjoy my pleasant evening walk by Marine Drive with the cool breeze blowing in from the Arabian Sea. Despite the heat, Mumbai is the best place in the world to be in summer because the roads are clear and the city emptied of half its inhabitants. With children on school holidays, Mumbai, too, takes a break and the ones left behind…

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Caring for the elderly

Caring for the elderly

Looking after the old and infirm is a situation that is physically and emotionally challenging. Of course, I’m not the only one who is going through this situation because taking care of the infirm and elderly is a part of all our lives. But last year, I was faced with a dilemma: what really defines love and care. Does enlisting the help of professionals amount to callousness and indifference? Around forty years ago, my mum and I were walking to…

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