A New Year Round Up

Those of you, who have been around long enough, will recognize this style of writing. I know people (and I was one of them), who used to buy afternoon newspapers only for his column.
So, here goes… a round up of this and that!
Like I’ve finished two years with this Saturday column and last week’s piece marked the start of my third year.
Like I have no idea how many people actually read this column so it wouldn’t harm if you could send in an occasional email saying so.
Like we are a country at crossroads and Indians from abroad find it very difficult to deal with the sudden pace of change, the newly found confidence, the wealth and the changes in values and behavior.
Like our entertainment industry has hit whatever lows it could, with Dabangg and Gol Maal 3 having earned the most money and reality shows like Big Boss having grabbed the most television eyeballs.
Like theatre in Mumbai seems to be pretty much dead.
Like our food industry has hit new highs with some lovely new restaurants and astronomical prices, both within the restaurants and outside.
Like the IPAD is the killer new piece of technology in 2010 and has changed the way I read and access articles.
Like the new Tata Photon Pocket WiFi that allows me to create my own personal WiFi cloud, gets my vote for the best local device of the year.
Like I wish that the barrage of “Happy Diwali”, “Happy 2011”, “Happy Ganesh Chaturthi” and “Happy, Today Onion Prices have Dropped” SMSes would reduce a bit.
Like even after Mr. Tharoor has come and gone, I still don’t get Twitter.
Like I do get Facebook, but wish the friend requests were less frequent.
Like railway stations seem less congested than airports.
Like the T3, the new terminal, in Delhi, with its fascinating carpet, looks like a tacky set out of a Zee TV saas-bahu soap.
Like I recently learnt that the word “tony” is used by those living in and around Delhi to describe posh neighborhoods.
Like all “tony” areas in Mumbai are surrounding by slums anyway, so at best you can have “tony” buildings or apartments.
Like Mumbai now mentally, more than physically has become a quilt of multiple cities.
Like I recently met someone who has moved here from Delhi and lives in Navi Mumbai, and had no clue that there was something more to Mumbai beyond Navi Mumbai.
That 2010 finally marked the arrival of Lower Parel as the “happening” place for almost everything and just like the 40s are the new 30s for women, Lower Parel is the new SoBo for those beyond.
Like all that is required now is a world-class auditorium for plays and concerts in mid-Central Mumbai, and we won’t ever need to go to South Mumbai for anything.
Like, there are too many Indian authored English books and anyone and everyone seems to be able to get published and so hopefully 2011 will see a book from me as well.
Like the subtlest insult I have read this year (and I couldn’t have ever said it so well) is by William Deresiewicz about Ms. Jhumpa Lahiri, “The pieces in Interpreter of Maladies are crafted–no, machine-tooled–to within a millimeter of their tiny, calculating lives; their writing-handbook devices–the inciting event, the governing symbol, the wry turn, the final epiphany–arrive one after another, exactly on time, with the subtlety of a pit bull and the spontaneity of a digital clock”
Like wish you all a great 2011!

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