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Summer Nightfall

Summer Nightfall

Summer’s here when  night falls slowly O’er a long extended dusk. As the sun begins its journey, Westward down into the sea. Birds begin their homeward journey Squawking crows’ shrill cacophony Children gather balls and playthings Wrapping up their busy day. Cars rush by through orange signals Homeward to their families The air is still And hot and muggy April still has yet to come. But the summer night falls slowly Street lights come on one by one; Gradually the dark sky twinkles…

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There’s no summer like a Mango Summer

There’s no summer like a Mango Summer

Our brief spring is over and summer has begun in earnest. The afternoons are hot and sticky and I enjoy my pleasant evening walk by Marine Drive with the cool breeze blowing in from the Arabian Sea. Despite the heat, Mumbai is the best place in the world to be in summer because the roads are clear and the city emptied of half its inhabitants. With children on school holidays, Mumbai, too, takes a break and the ones left behind…

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Summer Calls

Summer Calls

Coo ooo ooo, Coo ooo ooo, Coo ooo ooo, Coo ooo ooo – each rising an octave higher, the screechy koel rouses me from a sweaty, restless slumber. Awash with light at 5 a.m.,my room is bright, the sun already high. I stretch out like a lazy cat, reluctantly to waken to another hot summer day. Rubbing sleep from my eyes, I look out on the lawn outside, the patchy green amid dusty trees. The sun high in a pale…

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Childhood memories: Kick the Can

Childhood memories: Kick the Can

From today Ms. Papaya and Little Po will be home for the summer. Three months of bliss till they go to big school. A large part of their time will be spent at home or down in the garden. They are of course too small to play with the big kids and look longingly at them in the garden. This reminds me of a story I wrote several years ago and which is still relevant today.  ’5..4..3..2..1.. Ready or not,…

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Slow Boat to Alibag

Slow Boat to Alibag

It’s holiday time in Mumbai and most of the children are at home. It’s also the time when most of the domestic help has gone off on leave or will be going away in the no-so-merry month of May.  In the run up to the long holidays this weekend heralding the month of May, this is the second in  a series of how you can have the Perfect Mumbai Summer.  By the end of May the sea begins to get…

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