As a rule, I stay away from newly married couples due to their unhealthy, inordinate penchant to get everyone around them married as soon as possible. ******************************************************* There exists a very fine difference between charity encompassed with love and a feint show of compassion which is done with the sole purpose of self glorification wherein … More Random Thoughts
I embarked on my journey to Mumbai on June, 2007. Days preceding my journey were excruciatingly tormenting psychologically as I was often plied with parental histrionics urging me to reconsider my decision to move to Mumbai for my higher studies. Mom was very adamant and also violent to some extent when she learnt about my … More Maternal Woes
The story is about a fisherman named Santiago, who is also very passionate about the American Baseball league (his favorite player being Joe DiMaggio). At the beginning of the story, Santiago is experiencing kind of a dry spell and has not been able to catch any fish for the past 84 days, owing to which … More Book Review – The Old Man and the Sea ~ Ernest Hemingway
A Fine Balance is a wonderful historical fiction book by Rohinton Mistry. Although the author does not explicitly name the city in the entire book, but all his allusions refer to Mumbai (Bombay), during what is also known as the dark phase of India’s history, the Emergency, enforced by the then Prime Minister of India, … More Book Review – A Fine Balance ~ Rohinton Mistry
The plot is about a narcissistic author, Aditya, who has a day job at the bank and at night he churns a few books in his spare time. Aditya has a wife named Maya and a son named Aryan (Aryan is elusive throughout the story, he does not appear in a single scene, they just fret and cry over his well-being). Maya and Aditya had been batch mates at IIM-B, and later decide to spend their lives together. After a brief stint of international exposure they return to India; Aditya gravitates towards banking and Maya concentrates on finding a higher meaning in life and associates herself in spreading education to the weaker section. … More Book Review-The Bestseller She Wrote ~ Ravi Subramanian
The book chronicles a very detailed history of Mumbai’s underworld dons, with an extensive research spanning over a period of 6 years. The author, S. Hussain Zaidi, has started the book by providing excerpts of his telephonic conversation with the underworld kingpin, Dawood Ibrahim, which serves as an unconscious testimony to Mr. Zaidi’s contacts with the … More Book Review – Dongri to Dubai ~ S. Hussain Zaidi
Sanjay had recently returned after 8 months of seafaring in the West. He lived all by himself on the first floor in a two bedroom apartment of Akshay Chaya cooperative housing society. During his sojourn in India between his International work assignments, he hired an elderly temporary domestic help, Asha Bai, to assist him with … More A memorable retribution.
It was a dull, hazy Friday evening; it seemed like it would rain at night, giving some respite from the scorching heat of the summer. The corporate army, consisting of men and women, slowly trickled out of their offices and gravitated towards their home, glad to have successfully endured another week of agony, and to … More Lady with crimson blue scarf!
The below article was written as a response to an essay competition organized in Mumbai to know the reason why the unfortunate crime rate against women in India is on a steady rise, despite all precautions taken by the authorities. Scarcely a day passes when we don’t stumble upon an article or hear of the … More Woman ~ Oppressed sufferer or willing victim
Today it is practically impossible to read any newspaper and not stumble upon an article of some celebrities and companies touting certain charitable cause; their means vary from buxom models stripping to save animals from being slaughtered, pouring a bucket full of ice water on oneself, adopting children from third world countries, etc. No matter what … More Charity Ballyhoo ~ Virtuous or Abominable