Month: May 2012

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Mumbai Diary

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 …

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel : a look into the future

With limited movie options, my movie gang decided on “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” playing in town these days. Used to seeing India portrayed in very poor light by foreign film makers, I was not really expecting to come home happy . The film starts with an assortment of wrinkled and crinkled English retirees who …