Month: December 2014

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Tulshi Baug – A glimpse into Pune of the Peshwas

“If it were anywhere else in the world, this would have been marketed as a great tourist attraction” This was the oft repeated refrain almost from my cousin from America as we wandered through the environs of the Pune Municipal Market or MANDAI (as we knew it) , situated in the heart of the city. …

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P signs and Public toilets

While women have the G spot, men have the Pee spot , particularly older men who find it impossible to hold on especially when stuck in traffic. Waiting on Sandhurst bridge one afternoon I came across this strangely signed public urinal. Does this mean that the women use the male urinal while the men use …

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When Santa Had a Close Shave

Reunions and Nostalgia On the 19th of December our class got together for our 40th reunion. Of course this didn’t mean that it was the 40th meeting since we graduated from high school but it was 40 years since we had finished school. We had our first reunion 25 years  after leaving school and I …

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When 2+2=3

Well, if upon seeing this title you think I’m a dud at Maths, I won’t blame you. I have never really been good at maths and once I ran out of 10 fingers, I just couldn’t add any more – especially not in school when it was compulsory to wear socks and shoes. Of course …

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The 4 L’s of Richard Branson – The Virgin Way

Product Details Paperback Publisher: Ebury Publishing (January 1, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 0753519887 ISBN-13: 978-0753519882 I haven’t had much time to read lately but it is luck or is it coincidence that the two books I’ve read back to back had to deal with LUCK? The last book I read and reviewed was Ashwin Sanghi’s book  13 Steps to Bloody …

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My reflection smiled I didn’t

I’ve been brought up on this adage and have conscientiously followed it. In fact I am known for my smile and everyone thinks I’m the original SMILEY because I find it hard not to smile. There are times when I find myself smiling to myself  when I remember something that makes me smile. And smiling …

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The courage to be free

“I’ve never had the courage to…” I am one of the lucky people in this world who’ve never really had to struggle for anything. At least that’s what most people think. But before I attract the evil eye, let me tell you that things have not always been easy and they are not what they …

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A gloomy winter sky in Mumbai

After last week’s brilliant sunrises, I was terribly disappointed to find my Mumbai cast in a pall of grey smog. Without even the slightest chill, it’s gloomy and grey almost like a monsoon day. I do hope this smog clears up else we’ll be having a winter of coughs and colds. A brilliant swirl of …

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No beard for this hubby

Thomas Nast’s most famous drawing, “Merry Old Santa Claus”, from the January 1, 1881 edition of Harper’s Weekly.   (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The only bearded man I like is Santa Claus- partly because he is fat and jolly and says Ho, Ho, Ho; and partly because he only exists in Department stores and Christmas parties where …

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No food to say NO to.

 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) How easy it is for us to say NO to food we don’t like because we’re simply too full or just not in the mood How easy it is  for us to to say no to food that is not to our liking or taste. Our exclusive palates so pampered and spoilt …

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How to get Lucky – Easy & breezy

Paperback Author: Ashwin Sanghi Language: English Length: 160 pages Publisher: Westland Yet another self help book Once my daughter was cleaning up the book shelf and decided to sort out the books topic wise. She managed to find a whole shelf i.e. 1/3 of our books only on self help. Obviously the first book didn’t help, nor did the …

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Malaysian Chocolate Magic

A visit to the Chocolate Boutique in Jalan Ampang is a must for every chocoholic visiting Kuala Lumpur

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Skies from Putrajaya

Putrajaya ,  the administrative capital of Kuala Lumpur  25 Km south of Kuala Lumpur is  made out of a former Palm Oil plantation. A complete city with its own man made lake, schools, hotels, commercial space and of course residential areas, is meant only for the civil servants who run Malaysia. It is easily accessible by …

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Not just an ordinary tin pot

During my recent trip to Malaysia we visited the Royal Selangor Pewter factory. It was not always Royal Selangor but started out as an ordinary cottage industry and has now grown into the largest pewter factory in the world. I have several pieces of pewter (dusty beer mugs, some salt cellars and candelabra) which were …