Monthly Archive: August 2014

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Celebrating Ganesh

Long before it became environmentally fashionable, I’ve been celebrating the festival of Ganpati with my tiny silver idol. It all started with the aim of introducing my children to some of our traditions which...

A dear friend 0

A dear friend

Hello darkness my old friend, It’s been a long time since last we met When you came knocking at my gate To let you in , so desperate To see me. At one time...

Finding the perfect gift for the perfect man 1

Finding the perfect gift for the perfect man

Finding the perfect gift for any one is always a brain teaser particularly if the person you are buying the gift for is a very simple man. Frankly there is no such thing as...

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Hindu men can have two wives????

One wife or two? Many  years ago when my girls were little, they felt sorry for me doing the daily chores which all housewives have to do. In fact they felt specially sorry on...

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Law makers as law breakers

Waiting at a traffic light this afternoon I found myself behind this number plate. This is not the first time I’ve seen a number plate that so blatantly flouts RTO rules that apply to...

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Private India – When murder strikes in Mumbai

Dr. Kanya Jaiyen, a reconstructive plastic surgeon from Bangkok is found dead in the bathroom of a five star hotel in South Bombay. Less than 24 hours later, Bhavna Choksi, a young journalist of...

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Goodbye Yoga Guru

I have never met or attended a class of the great yoga guru Mr. BKS Iyengar but I’ve had the good fortune to have attended his classes conducted in my neighbourhood at Home Villa....

The newest shop on the block – Shyamal & Bhumika 0

The newest shop on the block – Shyamal & Bhumika

This evening I went for a stroll down the road mainly to find an umbrella for Wow Dinga. Obviously it was like looking for a needle in a haystack because all umbrellas have miraculously...

Ramayana retold 0

Ramayana retold

Most of us have grown up listening to the tales from the Ramayana so reading Shubha Vilas’ “Rise of the Sun Prince ”  is like revisiting one’s childhood with all the comfort that nostalgia...

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Love in the time of Peshwai

I was in Pune ( a city developed by the Peshwas) over  Independence Day weekend and it seemed only natural to see “Rama Madhav” a love story set in that era.  But Rama Madhav...

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The song of an urban Indian

All of us face challenges in every day life. Late last night I received this video clipping which took so long to download that I gave up. Fortunately, the video downloaded so quickly this...

A day at the Races 0

A day at the Races

After listening to a rousing speech by our Prime minister we decided to celebrate Independence Day rather differently especially since  my California cousins were  visiting. It was fun catching up with family history, general...

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Of publishing and marketing books

Reading books is a dying habit and bookstores are finding it hard to sell books. Actually bookstores themselves are hard to access these days particularly in big cities like Mumbai where parking is the...

How not to dine at Cafe Zoe 0

How not to dine at Cafe Zoe

I am convinced that when things are not to be, they are just not to be. Somehow or the other, the Universe conspires against you. Take a simple thing like dining out. My cousins...

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