Paper Lovers

We didn’t speak at our first meeting. He wore orange trousers & skulked in a corner.  I was the life of the party in pinstripes. Irony clinked glasses all around. I discovered he had a blog & I visited from my anonymous account. It was much better than the one by the guy I’d been ... Read More

An Illusion Of Taste

On Tuesday, I had lunch with Annapoorna. She ran late but the meal was sumptuous & between us, slightly overspiced. She is known for dramatic excesses, after all. I told her I wanted out. She nodded & picked out a ber. We both know what grows in this city stays here. I looked eastward. Last ... Read More

Happy Journeys

What we don’t understand is that happiness looks different for every person. For some, it may be positive affirmation from everyone around even at the cost of authenticity. For another, it may be having other people take responsibility for one’s life choices & decisions. For this person here, it’s freedom because everything feels like a ... Read More

Rebirth

I’ve been taking tentative steps towards normal life (or whatever that looks like) in 2021. I went to Bandra to meet a friend for a meal & a walk. Two days later, I went out to lunch with my family. It feels like therapy after a surgery, using muscles, thoughts, feelings that used to be ... Read More

What Makes The Culture Of A City?

The best way to know a place is to explore it on foot. Otherwise you’re at the mercy of other people’s preferences, driven by commercial agenda or limited personal narratives. But to go off the beaten path & discover the treasures that every city has, its rich neighborhoods, its deep histories, its delightful surprises, you ... Read More

Island Cruising

I live on an island. Well, seven islands. Tropical islands. It’s a fact most Mumbaikers forget. Just like we miss the daily magic of sea & sun that makes this equitable climate, the zen of changing/predictable tides, the bustle of being a port possible. Curiously I find the water grounding. Sea & sun make for ... Read More

Social Ladder

‘d always find it funny when people said “Bombay gaye the” about visiting South Bombay. And I’d ask, “Where are you now?” Over a century ago, the ‘city’ was concentrated where the affluent (colonial British & the British-adjacent) lived. As happens with ports all across history, commerce flourished & people flocked in looking for fortune ... Read More

Cityzen

I’ve been told my love for Mumbai comes through in my words. It’s true that being of & from this city is a big part of my identity today. It wasn’t always the case. Through my 20s, I saw my future move outward. As my identity expanded from the small neighbourhoods & attitudes I’d grown ... Read More

The Romance Show

‘Romance’ originally implied something extravagant & usually of a fantastical (so unrealistic) nature. To romanticise something does mean to make it seem better than it really is. An illusion but what’s wrong with an illusion when you know it’s one? It’s just a game, a movie, a party trick that entertains & enlivens. Whatever creates ... Read More

The Zen Of Change

We assume mountain lovers are all about the zen. But sea lovers know that the zen is also in the changing tides and the still sand. Children of the water remember that happiness is not the same as cheer or even calm at all times. And that life is about the being, the high tides, ... Read More

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