Transforming India

The first Prime Minister of independent India, Jawaharlal Nehru delivered the following speech to the Constituent Assembly of India in New Delhi on August 14 1947… Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially….

Against Segregation, Really?

India became an independent nation on August 15th, 1947 and on January 26th, 1950 the Constitution of India was implemented, replacing the Government of India Act (1935) that was established by the Brit rulers of the colony. On January 26th, 1930 the Indian National Congress proclaimed Declaration of Indian Independence. Historian believe that Mahatama Gandhi…

Fire and Ice

This is possibly one of my most favorite memories from my time in Pune. Unlike Bangalore, Pune doesn’t boast of too many water bodies and growing up near the sea makes me a water baby of sorts. Though this stream in Pu La Deshpande Garden has too much moss to walk on but kids care…

Princely Charm

This beautiful statue graces the main entrance of the Lalbaug botanical garden. It’s a tribute to Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar, the last of the official Kings of the Mysore dynasty; he held the throne from 1940 to 1947, when India declared independence from its British rulers. The princely state of Mysore became a part of the…

A Place Called Home

Home is one of those places where you can be your uninhibited self, where maps don’t make sense and you are never truly lost. No matter how many changes happen, it will always be your haven. That said, it is very easy to take this comfort zone for granted. When I had the liberty to…

The Road to Salvation

It’s been a good 30 years since my dad took off on his journey to salvation into the spiritual realm. All he left behind was a home to call our own and a lot of fading memories that we have be trying to hold on to. As I grow older, I assumed it would be…

The Book Lovers Paradise

As I roamed through the isles of this immensely stocked up bookstore in Bangalore, a song kept playing in my mind when I saw this scene. This old haunting Hindi number, from the 1958 classic Howrah Bridge. The first two lines of the song are… Aaiye meharabaan, baithhie jaanejaan (Come in, oh generous one, please…

Black Noise

Silence is a rare commodity in our fast-paced lifestyle. But seek and you will find your moments of solace. The Hussain Sagar lake that divides the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secundrabad is anything but clean and quiet. It is popularly called the ‘Heart of the World’ by United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), as…

Another Journey Around The Sun Begins, Again

  A lot of people I know love train journeys. I am one of them, but only if I get to lie flat on my back, when I get inside one. I’ve spent most of my adult life commuting in and around Bombay, and for me local trains were a forced adventure. Many people endure…

Go On, Light A Bulb

Swades is and will remain one of the most finest patriotic movies I have ever seen. A few years ago, I wrote about this children’s book (This India, Sheila Dhar) that I managed to get my hands on eventually. It changed my perception of being Indian, just like this movie did. This movie has no…