Category Archives: General

A WhatsApp Reunion

Some of you may remember the piece I wrote in October about WhatsApp being an out of control monster because of the jokesters who flood the app. Just like Mr. Kejriwal and his cohorts, who are now more entertaining than any other reality show on television, I am amazed at my complete U-turn on this. […]


Retro music can mean different things to different people. For some, it is the rock of Led Zep and perhaps Rolling Stones, for others, the pop of Abba and Boney M and for still others, the jazz from that time. During parties and on the dance floor however, retro specifically refers to the dance songs […]

The Best and The Worst of 2013

In the style of someone who continues to be an inspiration! Like, two weeks ago, I thought the AAP and Mr. Kejriwal had the potential to usher in a nationwide revolution. But with Mr. Kejriwal having accepted the position of Delhi Chief Minister, I think the national momentum is pretty much done, at least in […]

Man Gifts

Two days ago, a friend, a compulsive gifter, was lamenting the lack of options when it comes to buying gifts for men, whether husbands, relatives or just other male friends. Which is just so untrue! Considering that the Year-end is a good time to receive and give gifts, here is a list of stuff we […]

The Third Alternative

For the last year or so, since Anna Hazare’s first fast and Mr. Narendra Modi’s ascendance to the national platform, virtually all conversations during parties and social gatherings have eventually gravitated to the 2014 elections. No one, I repeat, no one I know has anything kind to say about the Congress or will vote for […]

The Mid-Life Crisis of Entitled Powerful Men

This tribe of Entitled Powerful Men (EPM) is quite visible. People who have “made it”…CEOs, promoters, scions of old business houses and those who are part of the upper echelons of various organizations…always in front, never looking back! The best way to identify them is by the way they travel…always business and first class, to […]


I remember in the late 90s touching down in Delhi to find the passenger in front of me removing a local Delhi SIM from a SIM case (yes, they used to make these) and exchanging it for his Mumbai SIM. Business travellers in those days had a SIM for each circle or city they travelled […]

The Gifting Dilemma

Two weeks ago, SM invited me to his 50th birthday party. I was happy to accept. I then received a second text explicitly telling me not to get any gifts. We had an SMS exchange where I tried to convince him of the virtues of accepting and giving gifts…he didn’t change his stance, though I […]

“Main Hoon Kaun?”

“Main Hoon Kaun!” This question has been haunting me for the last two weeks, giving me sleepless nights, while I grapple with the eternal existential question of my identity and existence. (This piece has to be read along with the article titled “The Good Men of India” written by Ms. Lavanya Sankaran in The New […]

Who Reads Anymore

Last week, Ms. Lavanya Sankaran in an infamous article in the New York Times titled “The Good Men of India” created ripples by dividing Indian men into two categories; either feral and rapists or “common Indian”, as in “gharelu” and domesticated. The badly written piece did more to make her known than her two previous […]