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Other Sides of Mumbai
January 8, 2014
Just like any other mega city in today’s world, Mumbai is multi-lingual, multi-layered and multi-facetted. It’s like a well cut gem - containing hidden depths and reflecting all aspects of

Stop, Look, Listen and Breathe
May 29, 2013
Turn back the clock. It is 1988. Switch on your television, sit back and be fearful - for the world as we know it is coming to an end. David

Sometimes in India
March 27, 2013
He was the first person to board the flight – wheeled across the scorching tarmac, manhandled up the steep steps and unceremoniously placed in an aisle seat at the rear

Remember The Living Earth?
February 14, 2013
Food for thought. The problem with clearing out my office is that the work expands exponentially; I pick up a box of photos, a pile of papers, a wad of

From Superwoman to Supersloth in Four Moves
February 13, 2013
I just received an email from a friend and erstwhile colleague. After much deliberation she has decided not to assist me with a marketing plan; her mother is unwell, her

Fire and Plumstones
February 6, 2013
January and it rained at last and the acrid stench of wet, newly burnt land, livestock, wildlife and property dulled any sense of relief. Each day television crews working at

Postcard from Ahmedabad
November 9, 2012
After a rock’n’roll overnight train trip from Bhuj I emerged into the early morning chorus of chaos as Ahmedabad rubbed its eyes and blinked awake into a new day. Taxi

Tickling the Senses
October 26, 2012
The idea of being in India is such a tease. The week before I leave she, the idea, repeats her customary monsoon mantra - rumbling, boiling and building up until

Awakening the Tiger
September 4, 2012
Some time, and who knows or really cares when ensnared in a metal-clad container moving at 760 kph through the night sky, I was roused from semi sleep by Captain

Finding Marigolds
August 20, 2012
My grandfather grew marigolds in amongst his vegetables to keep pests at bay; I pressed marigold petals into mud pies and used them to decorate sand-saucers for school gala days