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 ››
She sits alone in a room filled with people. Nameless. Invisible. Her gold earrings are so small as to be almost imperceptible. A red fabric stretch band gathers her hair neatly behind her neck. Her burgundy and cream salwar suit is custom-made and perfectly co-ordinates to the dupatta draped across her shoulders. Her sandals with blue … Continue Reading ››
While in Philly, I stayed with my 95-year-old grandmother for a couple of days. I last saw her at her 90th birthday party. The change over the last five years is dramatic, if only because so much time has passed. The subtle, gradual, daily changes no one mentions seem stark after so much time away. … Continue Reading ››
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 ››
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 ››
Imagine a city with a land area slightly smaller than New Orleans. Now, fill New Orleans with about 13 million people. That's Mumbai.
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 ››
Perfect PowaiI’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 ››
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 ››