• 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...

  • Cops take class

    Cops take class

    When I was in the Class 11, my school arranged a movie excursion for students. But not all — only science students

  • Today is 'Frying Pan' Day

    Today is 'Frying Pan' Day

    Today is ‘Frying Pan’ Day. Yesterday was ‘Wash Basin Day’. Friday was ‘Four Poster Bed Day’, Thursday was ‘Green Grass Day’. And Wednesday was ‘Photography Day’

  • Tormented by memories of another day

    Tormented by memories of another day

    There are fond memories that we cherish and nurse, often recalling them to relive memorable moments of our past

  • Make safety the topmost priority this dahi handi

    Govindas may miss the glamour quotient and prize pools totalling crores of rupees during the dahi handi celebration this year, which will take place on the September 5-6 weekend

  • English hangover

    English hangover

    Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s teachers at the National School of Drama routinely ignored his Hindi answers to questions accepting the same response when offered by someone else in English