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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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Quick learnings from Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

First of all, my apologies for destroying the fun out of the film, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag by extracting “Learnings” from the film. But then, spending 3 full hours on a film in the multiplex, and seeing the audience spontaneously clap … Continue reading

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The UK vacation – the closing gap

So, we are back from the UK vacation. Am listing down here some interesting things I noticed – some differences still do persist between western countries / civilisations and us (Indians in India). However, the gap in life-styles is closing … Continue reading

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