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Summer in a Bottle

When clouds of grey stare back at youWhen the sky once blueand the summer seabegin to turn a murky brown,when the rivulets of sweatSliding down your back drive you nuts,And the fan turns air that’s still.That’s when you knowIt is time for summer to be bottled upInto jars of jams and pickles. Last week the …

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If its Tuesday it must be Causeway

With nothing really planned for Tuesday we decided to loaf on Colaba Causeway. But before we embarked on our hedonistic mission, we made a quick trip to the temple at Mahalaxmi.Unfortunately because of the terror threats, pilgrims are expected to leave their footwear a hundred feet before the steps to the temple ( with the …

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Fools for the Gods

A few years’ ago, I overheard two little girls in the garden talking about plucking the flowers. Our garden with its lush green lawns, well trimmed flower beds with large tempting Cannas, brilliant coloured petunias tumbling out of their pots, large irresistible blossoms of Moussanda and sweet smelling roses, and the the low hanging Frangipani …

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On Dressing a Gentleman

For all those who think women are fussy dressers think again. No one can be more fastidious than a discerning well dressed man. Yes, take a good look at those men in business suits. Observe the fall of the fabric, its feel and its texture. Notice the cut of the suit, the precise way in …

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Waiting at Altamount Road

Jadhav’s corner shop greengrocers at Altamount Road is not the best place for vegetables . Not only is he rude and arrogant but he has a couple of equally brainless assistants to help him. Yet at a pinch, when I am in a real jam, I do patronise him . Today , apart from the …