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Monthly Archive: August 2012

You only apologise if you… 0

You only apologise if you…

You only apologise if you are guilty of doing something wrong.

I was struck by this response of  Narendra Modi  to the question posed to him by WSJ : Do you feel sorry for what you did in the Godhra Riots? 

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Sharing my Thursday sky

This last week the monsoon has been more active than it was the entire season! I captured this gorgeous view from my balcony yesterday morning using the Stitch feature on my  old IXUS . Even though I live in Mumbai...

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Leg of Mutton

      mutton [ˈmʌtən] n 1. (Cookery) the flesh of sheep, esp of mature sheep, used as food (Clothing & Fashion) mutton dressed as lamb an older woman dressed up to look young 3. (Communication Arts / Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) Printing another word for em [1]...

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Shirin & Farhad

Anyone who has experienced a Mumbai monsoon can vouch for how miserable it can be when gusts of wind blow your umbrella inside out,  drains overflow and water streams down in slushy torrents down a hilly road and  the rain...

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A joke for today

My friend Dee always manages to make me smile with her email jokes. While many of them are too risque to share, this one brought a smile to my face which was as downcast as the overcast sky. It’s no...

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Sweet labourings

After yesterday’s sybaritic experience at home, today turns out to be wet and gloomy. With my book in its last stages of correction before going off to the type setters, I was busy tying things up and tweaking recipes last...

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Intimate Health Issue or Public Health Debate?

Women’s intimate health, should the issues remain hushed or is it time we spoke out?” Health and wealth, two issues closest to the human heart are popular topics that can be discussed at length anywhere at any time. And it...

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Chinese, Japanese or Salwar Kameez

Our guest from Pakistan wanted to honour Anna Shetty and her husband at the best restaurant in town so we chose Neel for dinner last night. Formerly known as Tote-on-the-Turf, Neel serves exclusive Nawabi khana in a place once known for its...

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Welcome to Mumbai

Back in the day when Mumbai was Bombay, the photos were B&W, the taxis were black and yellow,the buses were B.E.S.T, the radio was Radio Ceylon and the streets were smooth and uncongested and Santa Cruz Bombay’s only airport was...

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Yellow Fever – in Black and White

With a surname like Smit, Jan was as Dutch as you could get. Known for their forthrightness and thriftiness,Jan was typically Dutch and tells this story with great pride. “I was in Nigeria last month. And do you know I...

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A mother’s blessings

I don’t know the origin of this email but one of my friends sent it to me last night. I loved the painted feathers though I wonder at the sentiment of a mother’s love. May be birds don’t fly away,...

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Thoughts before a pooja

I woke up before the crack of dawn this morning . We had been meaning to do a Satyanarayan Pooja at the beginning of this year but  as Burns said ,” the best made plans of mice and men often...

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An eye for an eye

 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Mahatma Gandhi, (attributed) Indian political and spiritual leader (1869 – 1948) The media has been screaming itself hoarse the whole of last week that the unrest in Mumbai,...

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Getting old in modern India.

English: PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer’s disease (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Mrs. D was the wife of an Air Marshal and the daughter of a district judge. Growing up in small town in Nagpur of the ’30’s, she...

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