Month: January 2014

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Hills, Fits and Tits

melissa (Photo credit: j / f / photos) Before you get misled by the title of this blog entry, let me make it clear that this content is entirely harmless and can be read by children. In Yoga class this Wednesday we were asked to do a half Camel Pose. I have recently joined a …

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Disaster management or disastrous management.

Bird’s eye view Yesterday Mr. Dhamankar came overe to collect his bill. A mild mannered gentleman, he is one of those rare beings who’d is truly content with life. And no he is not a 100 years old but my contemporary who still looks as though he’s passed out of Engineering College. As a civil …

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What can a dog do?

This morning there was more activity than usual. There were balloons at the entrance and  there were tables with tea caddies and paper cups set up near the garages. Suddenly a whole load of people came rushing up the slope. It was the Mumbai Marathon  that brought  everyone out on the streets running for their …

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The Hand of God

In the 1986 FIFA  Quarter final World Cup match between Argentina and England, Diego Maradona scored a goal by using his hand – a goal made more famous by him calling it “The Hand of God”. Over the past seven years that I’ve been associated with St.Jude India ChildCare Centres, Mumbai, I’ve seen how the …

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Green Masala Chops

A name like Green Masala Chops doesn’t sound very exciting but that’s   a better name for it than what it is named in my personal cookbook.  You will find this recipe under the name – Gangubai’s Masala Chops which would seem that Gangubai was made into Masala Chops. Now Gangubai was one of the …

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One is not a lonely number

Today was one of those days when I had nothing much planned but which turned out just fine. With Mumbai suddenly bracing itself up to an unexpected winter chill, I found the whole of Marine Drive populated with people in blac. Now black is a pretty unusual colour for Mumbaikars who prefer wearing bright colours …

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Baby days

If I’ve been irregular with my blog last year its largely because I’ve got my hands full with my new grandson. All of ten months old now, he is my new day job and as anyone with aching knees will testify, babies and grannies are a tough act to follow. Over the last few months …

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When the cops are away the thieves will play

Much like the village barber, visiting house help always have stories to share carrying bits of gossip from house to house. This morning Jyoti, the young girl who sweeps the house came up with this unusual tale – unusual because petty thieving has become quite a thing of the past in our neighbourhood especially bag-snatching. …

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Why people come into your lives

Some people come into your life to teach you lessons……this sentence has been reverberating in my mind ever since the 30th of December 2013. What happened on that day you may ask? Well, quite simply I met a young girl who told me all about the book called the Magic. Now most of you are …

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Lobsters, Prawns and a Fishy Festival

Today I had an unexpected free morning so I decided to go down to the fish market at Grant Road to get fresh lobster and prawn for my family lunch tomorrow. Saturday is not exactly the best day for the market but since I wanted to be sure that I did get the ingredients I …

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The first grumble of the year – AVOID PRESSTO

I’ve been made a sucker Since New Year Resolutions are invariably broken, I had decided to follow certain guidelines to have a happier year. Well, it seems that guidelines like resolutions are inevitably broken too. I just broke my first guideline  for the year which was THIS YEAR I SHALL NOT  GRUMBLE. Alas, I have …

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Hello 2014

Quite frankly I completely forgot I had this blog. Over the years I’ve had so many blogs that I started and stopped that I honestly thought that this was one of the blogs I had closed down or had automatically closed down because I hadn’t bothered to write and keep it alive. Yesterday I got …

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1 DOWN AND 364 TO GO

So I didn’t get up to my grandson’s demand for a mid night feed because he didn’t spend the night with me. What was supposed to be a night baby sitting turned out to be just another ordinary night after all. On the 30th night we had a meet the in-laws session of the newest …