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Month: May 2012

Another photo on the wall

Another photo on the wall

Several years ago hubby dear and I were visiting Chennai and staying with a dear family friend. Aunty S lived on the first floor of a small little house near T Nagar. As we sat on her over stuffed sofa , I couldn’t help but notice all her ancestors neatly lined on the walls staring down at us. Seeing my eyes dart upwards, she said“What to do, yeverybody dead. First my daddy died, then mummy, then uncle’s daddy and mummy….

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Closed for Business

Closed for Business

Today the streets are eerily emptyNot a taxi or bus to be seen.Today is quieter than a normal Sunday.A day of complete enforced rest.Today is a day of rest. Forced rest because the Goons-that-be decided that the Government-that-is should become the Government-that-ought-to-be i.e. for the people.Strikes are almost a thing of the past but since the Arab Spring uprising of last year, it has once again become fashionable to come onto the streets and protest. I remember growing up in the late 60’s…

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Waking up

Waking up

I don’t know why but this morning the first line of a hymn sung back in School Assembly kept running through my mind : New every morning is the loveOur wakening and uprising proveThrough sleep and darkness safely broughtRestored to life and power and thought. I never believed my mother-in-law when she used to say  that older people needed less sleep and would get quite irritated with that sliver of light peeping out from under my door waking me up…

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The last boat to Alibag

The last boat to Alibag

Alibag: the ritzy destination With everyone who is anyone in Bombay having a second home at Alibag, it has become almost de rigeur for anyone who wants to be someone to have a house over there. However, ever since the tsunami struck the Indian coastline  way back in December 2004, our government has woken up to the fact that this too is a possible disaster and the Ministry of Environment & Forests have come up with Coastal Zoning Regulation which…

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Shopping in Mutton Street – Mumbai’s flea market or Chor Bazaar.

Shopping in Mutton Street – Mumbai’s flea market or Chor Bazaar.

 To market to market There was a time in my life when Anna Shetty gave piano lessons to two Korean children. While the children learnt music, their mother Nam Ju, brushed up her conversational English with me. We spoke about many things – our daily lives, the cities that we lived in and a whole host of other things. During one of our conversations, she expressed a desire to visit the flea market or chor bazaar. She couldn’t believe that…

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