• Mumbai needs all the breathing space it can get

    In what is an important order to protect the rich biodiversity of Aarey Milk Colony, which acts as a buffer zone for Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) stated in a recent order that the BMC shall not issue any further NOC for construction within the entire Eco-Sensitive Area (ESA) in Aarey Colony and if any such illegal activity is noticed, immediate action shall be taken, including demolition thereof, without any delay

  • An unspeakable sadness

    An unspeakable sadness

    Yesterday, like most other media people, our phone was flooded by calls from news channels requesting that we go on air with our take on the spine-chilling Sheena Bora murder

  • Clarke right in 'pitching' for change

    Clarke right in 'pitching' for change

    England may have won the Ashes and continued their domination over Australia at home since 2005, but their victory was not achieved on sporting pitches

  • BMC can't let the city go thirsty

    While the lakes supplying potable water to Mumbai are yet to fill due to the uncertain rainfall in the catchment areas, the question arises: why isn’t there an alternative in place to rid the city of water cuts that are imposed following scanty rainfall?

  • Dial M for murder

    Dial M for murder

    It would not be wrong to say that urban India is reeling from the Sheena Bora murder revelations. From what was a sensational case of a high-profile media tycoon killing her own sister that broke on Tuesday night, to the unbelievably shocking follow-up revelations, that Sheena was actually Indrani Mukerjea's daughter

  • Mum's the word

    Mum's the word

    I have been compiling a list of things that you are not allowed to talk about in these wonderful times, mainly because it might upset the powers-that-be and their millions of supporters

  • Maharashtra Tourism: Focus on the basics first

    The Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) has already invited proposals for the state’s beaches to become popular water sports destinations with activities like jet-skiing, parasailing, water rafting at Vasai, Alibaug, Murud, Ganpatipule and Malvan beaches, amongst others

  • Seventeen-hour days

    Seventeen-hour days

    Those who know him, say that Mukesh Ambani, the 58-year-old chairman of Reliance Industries, a man legendary for his business foresight and work ethic, has never worked harder in his life

  • The Kannada connect

    The Kannada connect

    As the Karnataka Sangh’s Kannada course marks 25 years, language learning becomes an unalloyed joy

  • Ahoy! Actor alone

    Ahoy! Actor alone

    Over the last few days, having watched two productions, comprising solo acts, one’s admiration for Mumbai’s actors, goes up even more

  • Perverts, beware: We have had enough

    Less than 48 hours after the police nailed a Colaba-based man for flashing at a US national, a 46-year-old unzipped his pants in a moving BEST bus and touched his private parts right next to a college student’s face

  • Festivals: Matter of life, not death

    I present to you some scenes that were witnessed last week after the Nationalist Congress Party’s Mumbra-Kalva (Thane) legislator Jitendra Awhad announced that he would scrap his costliest and glamorous ‘Sangharsh’ dahi handi from this year

  • No space to jam

    Often, a reality check comes from the most unexpected of avenues. A few days back, during a round of channel surfing, the subject matter of a particular documentary on BBC caught the eye

  • Hyper nationalism and the expat Indian

    Hyper nationalism and the expat Indian

    The Prime Minister was in Dubai and Abu Dhabi last week and in the coming months he will be travelling to the US again to attend the UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) and also to Malaysia for the ASEAN summit

  • Mumbai Police must not be allowed to cop out

    On Saturday, this paper published an article on Commissioner Rakesh Maria's new diktat to his men — do not trouble couples at malls, beaches, public parks and hotels

  • Make in India, lose en route

    Make in India, lose en route

    When we met our friend, the Delhi-based designer Rina Dhaka at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Byculla, for Shaina NC's Banarasi Textiles Revival Movement, in the presence of Chief Secretary Maharashtra — Shri Swadheen Kshatriya; Minister of State for the Ministry of Textiles — Santosh Gangwar, and Chandrakant Dada Patil amongst others, she told us the trauma time she’d faced in the past few days on account of negligent courier companies

  • Wings on fire

    Wings on fire

    The winter is my favourite season in Mumbai since it brings in hundreds of migratory birds from all over the world to enliven this otherwise grey city

  • Something fishy

    Something fishy

    Mea culpa, it isn’t anything I’m proud of, but couldn’t have helped it. The first time I was able to whistle as a kid was, a tad inappropriately, inside an agiary, my family fire temple on Hill Road in Bandra

  • Kali's tongue & cheek

    Kali's tongue & cheek

    Recently, social media was abuzz with images of the Hindu goddess, Kali, projected on New York’s Empire State Building

  • Pahaadi, by the sea

    Pahaadi, by the sea

    I return to the mountains, the pines and the entwined rhododendrons, the crisp mountain air and the rain-washed vales, and I breathe. I’ve come home...