Category Archives: General

Review: The Sidhus of Upper Juhu

This is the first of a series of short reviews of movies, plays and shows that I have seen and books I have read over the last one month or so. Let’s start with a play I saw 3 weeks ago. A few school friends decided on a sudden whim to book tickets for The […]

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 […]

Laughing at Ourselves

It says something about a society when it can’t laugh at itself! If you were to look at WhatsApp Groups or Google Groups, you would think that Indians are the funniest people on Earth. Virtually every second post is a forwarded joke…the commonest jokes being about husband-wife relationships then sex and then politicians. In fact, […]

Indigo Airline’s Customer Snafus

This email came to me in the morning from Indigo. I sent a reply related to the “gender” issue the moment I received it but I still haven’t heard from them. When will they ever learn how to handle customers? _________________________________________________________________ Dear Sir / Madam, Seriously? You can’t be bothered to find out my gender? […]

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough…A Long Winding Film Review

The piece I was actually to going to write yesterday was based on the new article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) about the long-term benefits of running, but I am converting that into a book, so more about that later. All the highlights in Bold are the ideas that are […]

The Top 10 Things We Can Do to Help Mr. Modi Reboot to India 2.0

In the aftermath of Mr. Modi’s win, we now have a bunch of WA messages doing the rounds, “requesting” Mr. Modi to do everything…take care of the roads, ensure drinkable tap water, provide 24-hours electricity, prevent FDI in retail and so on. Mr. Modi may be the Prime Minister, but he does not have magic […]

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 […]

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 […]