Category Archives: Mumbai Mirror Column

Daredevil, Avengers: Age of Ultron – Run-Up

This piece has partly appeared in the Mumbai Mirror. It was meant to be a review of Daredevil, along with a run-up to Avengers: Age of Ultron and then a review of Age of Ultron. Daredevil Netflix and Marvel last week put out 13 episodes of the re-imagined Daredevil, all at one go, which I managed […]

Dying in Mumbai – Those Left Behind

After all the formalities are over and the relatives have left and the solitude sets in…that’s when the void hits. It is perhaps worst for the spouse, who bereft as it is, is also suddenly left alone, especially if old, given the nuclear structure of our families. Statistics say that a living spouse quite often […]

Dying in Mumbai – Being There!

I have been accused of being extremely insular, thinking only of myself first and then of others, during times of stress and conflict, including when someone dies. While a feeling of sadness is universal, the next set of reactions is typically…Should I call? Or will an SMS be good enough? Do I need to drop […]

Dying in Mumbai – Grace and Support

A death sets into motion a whirlpool that sucks everyone around into it. It helps postpone grieving for those who take up the immediate post-death responsibilities, and this often helps the others grieve in peace. It starts immediately. And while last week I wrote about how it might be better to die at home, post-death […]

Dying in Mumbai – The Care-Givers’ Hell

Dying in Mumbai This is a four-part series exploring death and dying in Mumbai   The Care-Givers’ Hell! People die all the time. While sudden deaths leave havoc in their wake, at the least, they are quick and “good” deaths. Many people though, linger at the edge of death. Ill and diseased with multi-organ complications, […]

Goodbye!

All of this in a way started in 1999 with a “writing” site, www.manfrommatunga.com that I maintained anonymously on my own…everything from writing the code to the content. It was a “blog”, when blogging software hadn’t yet been invented. And, while the word “blog” was coined in 1997, it was only around 2001 that “blogging” […]

The Graveyard of Unwritten Columns

People constantly ask me how I have managed to churn out a column each week without fail for the last 5 years, irrespective of where I am in the world, on diverse subjects that often have no common thread. As many of you have remarked, this column has been a little eclectic and idiosyncratic perhaps […]

Whose Women’s Day is it Anyway!

Last Saturday was “Women’s Day” and you couldn’t miss it on WA. There was a surge of women-men jokes and posts, some saccharine sweet, extolling the virtues of mothers, wives, daughters, etc., others taking pot shots at all those men who fail to recognize how fortunate they are to have women in their lives. This […]

The Voting Dilemma

Finally the dates are out. On 24th April, all of us in Mumbai should be taking time off and visiting the polling booths to cast our votes. I have written earlier about our “right to not-vote”, but given the NOTA (none of the above) option, it makes sense, to at the least, visit the polling […]

The Value of Credibility in a Conflicted World

The most accurate of scientific facts, the best done research in the world and the most legitimate of movements can be instantly discredited if the people involved are seen to have conflicts of interest and credibility issues. A couple of years ago, STS called me for advice. People in his building and neighborhood led by […]