Category Archives: Daily life

Adventures on Mohammed Ali Road: Finely Chopped in Bohri Mohalla

The walk before the walk

We were walking beneath the JJ flyover late last Saturday night, headed to a Finely Chopped food walk in Bohri Mohalla, and we were lost. Jude, our trustworthy driver, had dropped us at the wrong location. We weren’t anywhere near Saifee ambulance stand, the meeting point for the food walk. Last … Continue Reading ››

Book review: Train to Pakistan (1956)

The Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 resulted in the largest migration in human history. In the few shorts months after the line was drawn, more than 10 million people crossed the India-Pakistan border. Violence occurred on both sides, and the migration left indelible scars. Countless books and movies have struggled to understand and explain … Continue Reading ››

Mumbai moments: Why being a man in Mumbai is so damn difficult

It's lunchtime at Powai's China Valley restaurant. Powai's young professional crowd favors China Valley for cheap prices and efficient lunch service, not five-star food options. Arjun taps on his iPhone keyboard as he sits across from his workmates, Deepika and Raj. Deepika motions the waiter to serve more Korean noodles. Tap. Tap. Tap. The waiter approaches Arjun first.
"More … Continue Reading ››

T is for toilets

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 ››

S is for the sign of peace

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 ››

P is for Powai

Perfect Powai

I’ve been writing a blog about my little eastern Mumbai suburb of Powai for some time. I had grand plans of a comprehensive blog. But, you know what they say about best-laid plans…
Bombay blogger shout-out: Powai.Info contains a wealth of great information about my favorite Mumbai suburb. You can follow through email, but … Continue Reading ››

J is for Jana Gana Mana, the Indian national anthem

The national anthem of India is called Jana Gana Mana (Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people). Written in Bengali by Rabindranath Tagore, the anthem was first sung at an Indian National Congress convention in 1911. The anthem was  officially adopted on 24 January 1950 when it closed the parliamentary session that ratified the Indian … Continue Reading ››