Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Problem is Me, Not Them…(Or…Every Place in India is Not Mumbai)

Three days ago, on Diwali day, we landed in Pondicherry for a short vacation. Due to the rush for their popular Diwali-day buffet, the hotel where we are staying could not accommodate us for dinner. We then went down to the Pizza Hut, a few minutes walk away. Initially it all went well. The first […]

G-One, Ra-One…Do They Matter?

I love my comics. And I love superhero films based on them. I grew up on Amar Chitra Katha, Phantom, Mandrake, Tarzan and Marvel and DC comics and have seen virtually every superhero film made, including Superman and Batman releases from the 40s and 50s. This weekend, for example, has been reserved for Green Lantern […]

Jaipur Envy (or…why do we need to live in Mumbai?)

Who would ever have thought I could land up being envious of Jaipurites? With 3 months left for the Mumbai Marathon, I carried my running shoes on a trip to Jaipur last weekend. The hotel I was staying at directed me to a place called Central Park. I wasn’t sure what kind of park this […]

Narcissistic Twits

“Kaun Banega Crorepati” (KBC) offers an interesting window into the many Indias that live in parallel. In one such India, a contestant hopes to use the money to pay off a loan or to create a future fund for the children or to buy a house for himself/herself and the family. In another India, a […]

Break Free!

The Association of Two-Wheeler Users of India (ATWUI) has just adopted this new manifesto in their recently concluded annual general body meeting. 1. Ditch the helmets There is no need for us to wear helmets. If a policeman tries to stop us, we should just speed away. Most traffic policemen are anyway on foot and […]