Category Archives: Miscellaneous – Parenting, Culture, Urban living, and… well, miscellaneous

Andhadhun – A Tale of Nine Twists

  First of all, the spoiler alert! This is not a conventional well-meaning, nice-hearted review. If you have not seen Andhadhun so far, let me declare that I am going to analyse the story below, revealing the “suspense”. Hence, please … Continue reading

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Snapshot of the world in the last 70 years…and last 4-5 years

“Factfulness” by Hans “Rosy”ling (intentional J) is a breath-taking piece of analysis, of how the world is becoming a better place if viewed over the past 70 odd years, roughly, post World War II. He takes great pains to take … Continue reading

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The Land of the Rising Scion

So, I started and finished The Scion of Ikshvaku today, living a lazy Sunday existence. Amish continues to deliver un-put-downables, riding on the great Indian mythological sources. He almost takes off from where he left with the Meluha trilogy, except … Continue reading

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A Bangalore vacation of a Mumbaikar

So, the quintessential summer vacation with the kid is done. This time in and around Bangalore (Bengaluru for the puritans). This time around, I got a chance to have a real look at the city, where I have been flying … Continue reading

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The spread of languages in the world

This is a short piece taking off from Ian Bremmer’s Tweet on the leading languages spoken globally by people as the first languages (called mother tongue here in India). The top 7 languages spoken as first languages along with the … Continue reading

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10 different ways Lunch-box could have ended

Hope you have joined the ranks of people who have seen “Lunch-Box” and have salivated over the surrealistically romantic movie as well as over the lovely food shown throughout the movie. If you have not, and still intend to see … Continue reading

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Delhi Airport Metro Express vs Paddington Express

So, I sat in the Delhi Airport Metro Express for the first time during my visit to Delhi this week. I had heard about this Express for some time but because I have been flying Low-cost airlines (non-Jet Airways) whenever … Continue reading

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Response to my Gh(a)alib post…by my amazing not-so-layman friend

The below response comes from an amazingly erudite friend of mine, in response to my piece – A layman’s primer of Ghaalib…by a layman मेरे अज़ीज़ी दोस्त ग़ालिब के ऊपर आपका लेख देखकर ख़ुशी भी हुई और ताजुब भी हुआ … Continue reading

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8 years ago this day, spent the night under Goregaon flyover…as the skies opened their hearts

July 26, personally for me, still ranks among the 9/11, 26/11 etc. I thought I should share a recap of my memories of that day, 8 years ago. I don’t know why am I sharing this first personal experience on … Continue reading

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A layman’s primer to Mirza Ghaalib…by a layman

So, I have just now completed executing my 25-year old ambition to read about Mirza Ghaalib and to try to understand some of his famous shaayari. Well, I think that, at least, I have completed the first part well. To … Continue reading

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