Harmony in the Mind!

Growing up, my mom never forced religious beliefs on us. And being Hindus studying at Convent Schools, we learnt to practice our religion and respect beliefs of another too. I remember picking up small plastic decorations for a shimmering little fake Christmas tree. In fact it was a practice to add at least one new…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting 2

There is a popular Darga in Mumbai called Haji Ali where people of all beliefs come to offer prayers and seek blessings. One popular custom is tying a ‘mannat ka dhaga’. It’s a red-colored thread that you tie at the gate and make a wish to god. Once your wishes are fulfilled, you need to…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting

When the year ends, a new hope comes by. Growing up in a convent school, we always used to look forward to the Christmas Party. We could wear our best dresses and got ice cream to eat during class hours! And then we’d sneak into the school chapel to see the crib. As I wish…

India Shining?

This is one sight you can see on the roads every Independence Day and Republic Day in Mumbai. With all the political, economical and cultural turmoil that our tolerant country is going through, how long will it take for our country to let go of petty issues and put our best foot forward? I hope…

Commuting Locally

Local trains are the nerve center of the city. It takes millions of people through the entire island city in considerably no time at all! I commute western railway everyday for a good 11 years now (I have been on Harbour line and Central trains but not very often), I have been a regular in…

Meter Down

Auto rickshaws are integral part of the suburban Mumbai landscape. I have met several rickshaw drivers, while some are downright rude and unsympathetic,  most of the ones I have dealt with are nice and realize that you need to journey on through the crowded public transportation system in the city. So I think its time…

Flavored Crushed Ice Served Fresh!

Crushed ice seasoned with flavored syrup can be very refreshing and damaging to your throat at the same time. Also known as Golas, Chuskis or snow cones, these are a rage especially at the beaches in Mumbai. These are the machines used to crush or shave ice, and if you notice closely, they all originate…

Blow Away Your Worries

Before you get ideas, I am not implying that you head out for a smoke. Personally I can never figure out what drives people to tobacco in any form. I am talking about bubbles made with straw and soap water, that used to be a highlight in most of our beach trips as kids. I…

Street Food at its Best!

Bhelpuri is one of the most popular street foods that grace the city of Mumbai. The mixture is made with puffed rice, thin fried noodles (sev), salted peanuts, and is seasoned with a tamarind-jaggery-dates chutney and a spicy garlic-green chilly chutney spices and condiments and garnished with boiled potatoes, tomatoes, onions, fresh coriander, and dash of lime, all mixed and…

Cricket Fever!

You can hate it or you can love it, but when in India, you cannot ignore cricket. I may not play the game, but I enjoy it, and this was the first time I went into watch an IPL match with a phone camera handy. You can see by the sheer number of people in…