• Romancing the stone

    Romancing the stone

    A challenge from Charles Correa 30 years ago makes this writer explore the city’s arched splendours

  • The fiddler on the beach

    The fiddler on the beach

    If we take a quick look at the history of Mumbai, we realise that the city today is formed by reclaiming and connecting the seven southern islands of erstwhile Mumbai, viz Colaba, Little Colaba, Bombay, Mazagaon, Parel, Worli and Mahim, to the larger islands of Salsette and Trombay Islands in the north

  • No ordinary love

    No ordinary love

    Much is made of first love. And it is sweet... That awkwardness. That fear of the unknown. That discovery of togetherness

  • Entertainment's big digital push

    Entertainment's big digital push

    Star, Zee, Eros, Shemaroo, and T-Series have been among the top destinations for Indians on YouTube for a long time

  • Not entirely a picture of health

    Not entirely a picture of health

    Narendra Modi must be feeling pleased with himself. In addition to being the Prime Minister of the country, he has now become the lead yoga practitioner of the nation

  • When darkness descended at noon

    This week forty years ago Mrs Indira Gandhi imposed Emergency on India, suspending Fundamental Rights and civil liberties, converting a boisterous democracy into a sullen dictatorship

  • What villages can teach Mumbai about saving water

    Mumbaikars will rap me at this point in time if I say that rains do not necessarily mean big trouble

  • Singin' in the rain

    Singin' in the rain

    I don't know what it is about the rain that makes me sing. I guess I'm not alone — trees, flowers, rivers, frogs, rice shoots, umbrellas, paper boats and the earth do it too, all in their own languages

  • Expect heavy showers for two more days

    Mumbai has been witnessing heavy rainfall since Friday (June 18)

  • Prejudices die hard

    Prejudices die hard

    Writer and stand-up comedian Anuvab Pal held a humour workshop with children between the ages of 8-14 recently, at the end of which they had to perform a stand-up comedy show with material they wrote themselves

  • Of Misal Pav and more

    The news couldn’t have reached us at a better time. We smiled as our taxi halted at the busy Sena Bhavan signal near the Dadar landmark, Aaswad

  • Acceptance for beginners

    Acceptance for beginners

    And finally we settle down. All of us do. The calm, even-toned equanimous types. And the effervescent, animated, ebullient variety. We weigh our options, the odds as it were; narrow our eyes, take a deep breath purse our lips and then, make peace with the situation

  • What's their anger?

    I stared. It was raw rage I saw. When angry faces weren't glaring back at me, they were sneering, superior or plain smug. This was a day I just spent assessing book projects themed around Lego. Presented by graduating students of a city art college, some of them focused on the changing facial emotions of over 4 billion mini figures, made famous by the Danish toy company

  • Shaking news media negativity

    Shaking news media negativity

    Media, especially news media, is ‘difficult’ to analyse on most days

  • Just what is 'culpable homicide'?

    Much debate and discussion ensues over the term ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder, whenever someone is charged or likely to be charged with the same, especially when death is caused in a road accident

  • Forget the Government; is the Opposition too failing us?

    “The Founders recognized that Government is quite literally a necessary evil, that there must be opposition, between its various branches, and between political parties, for these are the only ways to temper the individual’s greed for power and the electorates’ desires for peace by submission to coercion or blandishment

  • Love thy neighbour

    Love thy neighbour

    There is something unique about Prime Minister Modi’s Bangladesh visit

  • Maharashtra needs to do more to curtail spending

    The cash-strapped Maharashtra government has put a freeze on recruitment, barring some departments/ corporations that have their own money to sustain growing impact

  • The other Metro

    “Chalo, Metro mein jaate hain…?” asked a Dilliwallah friend midway during our conversation, while catching up recently after ages

  • Dragonfly tales

    Dragonfly tales

    Some among us must have been mighty cruel as kids, pinching the wings of butterflies or targeting squirrels with pellets shot from catapults and the commonest one, tying a thread to the abdomen of a dragonfly and flying it like a kite.