Me: "For Z, I'm writing about Zomato."
The hubby: "Zo- What?"
Me: "Zomato, the online food search engine. It's like Yelp in the US."
I guess not all Mumbaikers are familiar with Zomato
. Clearly, that situation needs to change.
From the Zomato website:
Zomato was created to help people find and connect with great places to eat … Continue Reading ››
It seems we're close to reaching the end of the A to Z challenge! Whew! I had intended to write about yoga or youth for the letter Y, but my energy is waning. Besides after writing about toilets and tampons, I think it might be best to turn to a brighter topic. Don't you?
How about … Continue Reading ››
Security at the airport or anywhere else in India is always tight. At most locations, the standard procedure is to form two queues: one for men, the other for women. Each man goes through a metal detector. Then, a male security guard runs a wand over the male’s body. All this activity takes place in … Continue Reading ››
W is for writers, specifically Indian writers. I asked my Facebook peeps to suggest their favorite Indian writers. The answers were enlightening.
Expats living in India suggested authors like Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh, and Arundhati Roy, while Indians suggested Jhumpa Lahiri, Chetan Bhagat, Amish Tripathi, and Ashwin Sanghi. Of course, I have my own favorite Indian … Continue Reading ››
Editor's note: I wrote this post on Thursday. On Friday, the day after the polls, allegations were being made that as many as 15% of voters were turned away from the polls. The Mumbai Mirror interviewed the election commission's deputy director general. Read his response here.
When planning my posts, I had decided … Continue Reading ››
"Breathe in through the nose. Breathe out through the nose."
These simple sentences are my yoga teacher's
constant mantra during class. In yoga, this nasal breathing technique is called ujjayi (उज्जायी). Like most yoga terms, ujjayi traces its origin to Sanskrit, the ancient language of India. Ujjayi literally means Continue Reading ››
In my flat in Mumbai, I have three bathrooms. These bathrooms make us among Mumbai's most privileged residents. My driver and my maid each have only one bathroom in their homes. This single bathroom makes them among Mumbai's most fortunate citizens. Many Mumbaikers don't have access to even the most basic toilet facilities. Every day, in Mumbai's … Continue Reading ››
Every Sunday, as part of the celebration of Mass, Catholics around the world offer each other the sign of peace. This ritual occurs immediately after the Our Father and before the Lamb of God.
The priest says "Peace be with you."
The congregation responds, "And, with your spirit."
This response used to be "And, also with you," but … Continue Reading ››
Of the 55,000 people who die from rabies every year, 20,000 of them live in India. Most of those deaths are young children.
Why? Because they fail to receive the proper treatment in time. Between lack of knowledge about how to treat the disease and lack of resources … Continue Reading ››
Imagine a city with a land area
than New Orleans.
Now, fill New Orleans with about 13 million
Editor's note: 13 million is the official estimate. Most unofficial estimates are closer to 20 million.
With a population density of about 56,000 people … Continue Reading ››