When Mumbai Awakens Again

I’ve been tentatively getting out. December was for cautious celebrations of a dinner here, a lunch there, a bookshop browsing. It has felt scary to hope, guilty to celebrate after the pain of the last two years. January’s third wave was yet another cautionary tale. But also a lesson that we have to re-negotiate our way into the new normal,

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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 sweat & rust and they

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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 in a way that continues

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Island

I am not made for distances and arm’s lengths and fleeting glimpses through windows made of wood or bytes. When I love, it is tangible and solid. When I love is also a where. I’ve been feeling disconnected from the city I’ve lived in my whole life. Now understand this is the same as my saying I’ve been feeling distanced

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