Month: April 2012

LIFESTYLE, Mumbai Diary

Ice cream on discount?

Image for summer coolers

A discount hard to resist Ice cream is my all time favourite. Actually it is one of my all time favourites since I basically have a sweet tooth. But like all people, I love a bargain and couldn’t resist the offer of an ice cream on discount. Especially in the middle of summer. One summer …

BLOG HOPS & CHALLENGES

Summer Blossoms on Alexandra Road #SkywatchFriday

When Mumbai was Bombay and Kashibai Navrange Road was Alexandra Road this tree still blossomed as it does today. Thank God for that! For many years I’ve been fascinated by this tree and its funny branches reaching out with round berries and exotic white flowers. What tree is it? Are these just parasites? I wonder? …

LIFESTYLE, Opinions

For all those lucky people who still have mothers

With Mother’s Day literally round the corner now, several emails regarding mothers and motherhood have begun doing the rounds. I would like to share today a message that I got from a friend whose mother is currently in a state of dementia. With his father in and out of hospital, the poor guy and his …

FOOD, Restaurants

Lunch at Indigo Deli @ Phoenix Mills

We were originally slated to go for lunch to Cafe Zoe this afternoon.  But early in the morning I learned that it was closed for renovation.  Hence we changed our  venue to Indigo Deli at Phoenix Mills. I was first introduced to Indigo and its style way back when it first opened. It was in …

Opinions

What am I?

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” ― E. James Rohn I don’t know who E. James Rohn is but I do know one thing : I hang out most with two senior citizens ( one 84 year old father in law and an 81 year old mother in law), …

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Shopping & More – The Great Eastern Store

Teak wood entrance Yesterday I spent one of the most fascinating mornings shopping . Situated right in the middle of the city, behind the walls of the crumbling New Great Eastern Mills on Dr. Ambedkar Road is a fascinating store quite unlike any I’ve seen in Mumbai so far. In fact we overshot the gate …

Mumbai Diary

The Convenient Local Convenience Store

The convenience of the Local Store I was most upset when my local baniya decided to close shop. Looking at him, one would hardly imagine that he’d retire but he said he’d had enough. With erratic and unreliable staff, rising costs and reduced credit by the suppliers, keeping a store open was not feasible anymore. …

Mumbai Diary

A Mall for all Seasons – to shop for no reason

I used to think Shopping Therapy was meant for  bimbos and was a complete waste of time. That was till last year when I had a blast shopping for Anna Shetty’s December wedding. I have a pet theory that girls who have a trousseau planned since the day they are born either get married very late or …

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Flip flop over FITFLOPS

Last week Fee, my friend from Zurich came home for her annual visit. Since both of us can do without the extra calories, we decided to limit our interaction to walking and talking rather than wining and dining. So we met at the club to walk our way to fitness. While I was well kitted …

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Evolution of the tennis shoe

What happened to the tennis shoeI used to wear in schoolIn  simple, plain , white canvaswith soles so paper thin. They’ve morphed into an industryfor different kinds of sport,for biking, walking, trekking, cross training and hitch hiking.For tennis, gymming, runningand simply just for wearing.Non marking shoes for indoor courtsAnd sturdy ones for out door sports They’re sneakers, trainers, high …

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Life is just a photograph.

Life is just a photograph. You reached out with your little hand And kept it warm in mine You stared at me with big wide eyes in blind faith and trust       Your curly hair Your fatty feet Your dimpled chin And cupid lips; I close my eyes And see them all Afresh, alive, before me.                   …

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A rose by any other name

BESPOKE : According to the Thesaurus which I can refer to at the click of a button on my computer, this word means modified, tailored, adapted, made to order,personalised,  custom made. What’s in a name ? the bard asked. Well, it would seem , there’s a lot ! When I was young, the buzz word …

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All five fingers are never the same

Dr. V and Kanthe Mama are colleagues in a government hospital. Both are the same age and have known each other since kindergarten when they were both in the same class in the school run by the colony in which they both lived by virtue of the fact that their father’s had the same employer. …

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So it seems I’m in good company

This morning’ news item that Shah Rukh Khan was detained yet again by the US Immigration authorities brought back memories of the time when I was frisked by the US Immigration authorities while taking an internal flight. In hind sight, it was ironic that I was frisked at Minneapolis  because that was the place where …