Month: August 2013

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A Dummy’s Guide to Outsmarting the Smartphone

In a previous post I had mentioned that I was now a proud owner of a Samsung Galaxy Y, a Smart phone that made me au courant with the young and reckless. Being a gizmo freak I was quite excited to get a new phone but unfortunately I acquired it when I had no time …

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Madras Cafe – A must see this weekend

Getting Hubby Dear to the theatre is a challenge so whenever I suggest a movie I am always tense whether he will enjoy it or not. Rather hesitantly I recommended we go to see “Madras Cafe”, the latest offering by John Abraham, especially since it was so highly rated by the movie critics. The movie …

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Skies from Jadhavgadh

During my stay in Pune last week we made a quick trip to Jadhavgadh, a fort hotel a few hours’ away. Pune in the monsoon is simply perfect with its cloud cover occasionally breaking up into a whisper soft pitter patter of rain that dries up before you keep your umbrella away! It seemed, therefore, …

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Midnight visitors.

At the stroke of midnight Varun felt that someone was in his room. He opened his eyes a crack and felt the curtain move. He hugged his blanket closer to him as he heard the gong of the grandfather clock in the hallway. “Gong!Gong!Gong!Gong!Gong!Gong!Gong!Gong!Gong!Gong!Gong!Gong!” It was strange that this should wake him up because it …

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Rising Onion Prices and its effects in every day life

I’m enjoying the Pune weather this week and spending time with my folks. As usual the talk centred around what was happening both inside our house and outside. The hot topics were Our corrupt politicians Our downward facing economy The rising prices of every day commodities With prices of everything going upwards why would onions …

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Burka Avenger – yet another caped crusader

A young Pakistani teenager ,Malala Yousafzai, made history when she celebrated her 16th birthday with an address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. This was remarkable only because she was the youngest person to do so but because she had won a life and death battle to do so. Having been shot …

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Chennai Express

What happens when a 40 year old Grandpa’s boy decides to finally rebel? Watch “Chennai Express” to find out. I happened to see Shah Rukh’s interview on ND TV and was inspired to see Chennai Express knowing full well that it was truly old wine in an old bottle. Shah Rukh’s newest release was definitely …

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If holidays are made of memories – why not make them Italian?

English: Empty farmhouse near Bolgheri, Castagneto Carducci, Tuscany, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Happy families are made of happy memories made while families are together. All of us will recollect with nostalgia that gets stronger as our memories get older, those holidays when all of us gathered under one roof. It didn’t matter where we met, …

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Sunsets in Milan

The fading sun at 8 pm from Piazza Duomo Holidays alas must always come to an end! My brief sojourn in Milan was a bonus holiday busman’s or otherwise. That extra week with my Wow Dinga and Anna Shetty was worth the unbearable heat that we were warned about yet unprepared for. I spent those …

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Why are we like that only?

It’s amazing how on my return to Mumbai I am inundated with bad news. Perhaps there is bad news going on everywhere but since I don’t read the news or watch TV when I am out of town, I always feel that life is so much better out of Mumbai and definitely more attractive  outside …

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Milan – the place for some gentlemanly shopping

gen·tle·man  (jntl-mn) n. 1. A man of gentle or noble birth or superior social position: “He’s too much a gentleman to be a scholar” (Aphra Behn). 2. A well-mannered and considerate man with high standards of proper behavior. See Usage Note at lady. 3. A man of independent means who does not need to have a wage-paying job. 4. A man: Do you know …

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Getting to Lake Como

Anna Shetty’s friend who had just recently returned from an Italian holiday told us that we just had to visit Lake Como. So that’s what we decided to do. Situated to the North of Milan ,which is currently sweltering under tropical temperatures the likes of which haven’t yet been seen in Mumbai , we decided …

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Ciao Milano – Namaskar Mumbai

Tuesday morning 3 am  Milano Time, I  finally get out of bed after waking up every hour on the hour since I went to bed  as I was mortally scared of missing my flight. It seems strange but booking a flight from your destination seems so much easier than what it actually taking the flight. …

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A Milan Sky

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on Skywatch and am glad to share two wonderful skies from Milan. It’s strange how this mellow scene becomes different in a different light, almost unrecognisable as the same place. This lower picture is just before the clouds burst and brought relief to the hundreds sweltering in unusually …