To Arthur Road Jail and back again

In Mumbai, locations are marked not by street names and numbers, but by landmarks. For a retail store, a street name may be given, but a landmark is also included. For example, the Nature’s Basket in Worli is located at 227, Samarth Vaibhav Building, Opposite Tarapur Towers, Adarsh Nagar, Beside ICICI Bank, Mumbai. Yesterday, when … Continue Reading ››

Crayolas in Connecticut: What I learned in kindergarten

Last night, as I was going to bed, I read that 26 people, including 18 children had died at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, only a few miles away from where a friend lives. Like many people, I cried as I went to bed. This morning, the numbers were up to 28 dead, including … Continue Reading ››

Little FRRO in big Mumbai

When I arrived in Mumbai, the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) was my first major trip outside Powai. As we rounded the traffic circle outside CST, I thought, “Cool!” But, then we headed down that narrow, cramped, are-you-really-sure-this-is-the-right-way alley that leads to the FRRO. Sure enough, we arrived at the FRRO a few minutes later. … Continue Reading ››