Kool Kollam

My recent short visit to Kerala took me to the quaint little town of Kollam (previously Quilon), virtually on India’s southernmost tip. I did expect the place to be rather quiet (most of Kerala is rather so) but what I witnessed was right of a school history textbook. What was striking was everyone takes it…

Maximum City – Maximum Rain

We were in Mumbai – the Maximum City – over four days this week and had planned to look around, take walks and generally experience life in a metropolis – a city that never sleeps. We were hoping for some rain just to experience what it was like during the monsoons but were assured there…

Mr. Goswami haazir hoe!!

I did not think I would ever write about Arnab Goswami and his comedy circus, The Newshour. But, here I am. Honestly, I was ‘encouraged’ by Barkha Dutt and Rajdeep Sardesai. No, I have not watched the show, or shows, these two are writing about (I have kept a promise to myself I wouldn’t) but…

Saturday spirtualism

This is such a common sight in India. Every Saturday, hundreds of men, young and old, dress themselves up in saffron and roam around the streets ‘blessing’ everyone with the power of “Shani Dev” (the God of Saturday). And everyone gives them a few coins, India being in the grip of religion as usual. I…

Monsoon Magic – or ‘aswachh’ Bharat

Mumbai during the monsoons – July and August in particular – is magical everywhere but by the sea, it’s heavenly. The view is beautiful and one cannot but sit on wet sand or take a walk along the coast, to soak in the view. But, as these pictures show, how can one escape the stench,…