Mumbai, it seems, lives to eat

Five days in Mumbai at the beginning of this month were not enough for me. Over the last couple of years, I have fallen hook, line and sinker for life in one of India’s most well-known metropolis – not the least because of the hustle and bustle of life there – but for the myriad variety of food it offers. Mumbai, in one sense, can … Continue reading Mumbai, it seems, lives to eat

Remembering the Sikhicide

Originally posted on MANDEEPSINGS:
Thirty years ago to the day, a genocide against innocent Sikhs in India started. Thirty years ago, also to the day, top ruling Congress Party politicians led gangs of goons who went about torching Sikh homes in several Delhi localities. It was also then Sikhs, young and old, who were butchered – shot, slit and tires flung around their necks and… Continue reading Remembering the Sikhicide

Sikhicide: No Media No Cry

Originally posted on MANDEEPSINGS:
I am hurt today. I feel insulted. I am appalled and ashamed of the politicians and the system we have in India. The media is also silent – not one of the channels is discussing the 1984 incidents even when they can have lengthy tirades on non-issues like a police officer not tying his shoelaces! Thirty years to the day, watching… Continue reading Sikhicide: No Media No Cry

Banana boom

Bananas – lots of bananas – of different kinds – are omnipresent in Kerala. Every house has several banana trees, they are everywhere on the streets, at every roadside and on every dining table. The tiny “Kerala banana” is native only to the state while the larger, “regular” variety can also be found. However, it was the rather unusual “red” banana that I was most … Continue reading Banana boom

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 easy; there’s no rush for virtually anything; what can be … Continue reading Kool Kollam