• Love in the time of Bombay

    Love in the time of Bombay

    Love me or leave me!” I heard from the table beside. Moons ago, but dramatic declarations like this echoed within the cosy confines of Samovar till it downed shutters last month

  • Youngistan does India proud

    Youngistan does India proud

    One of the joys of being a journalist is that you’re always meeting different kinds of people, and every day can be a day of discovery

  • Tour de Force

    Tour de Force

    Janhavi Acharekar’s novel Wanderers, All brings out the inner conflict and inadvertent drama that characterized Mumbai’s police in the early decades of the last century

  • Scent of a woman

    Scent of a woman

    A few years ago, when Makrand Deshpande’s theatre group, Ansh, had reached a milestone, I had written a personal impressions kind of piece on him for the Prithvi Theatre newsletter

  • Urgent: Water transport required for crumbling city

    Imagine you hop on to a catamaran at Borivli and reach Nariman Point in just 40 minutes. You avoid endless traffic jams and a tiring commute. Or, that you board a vessel at Ferry Wharf on the eastern coast and reach Nerul in 30 minutes

  • Dharavi on display

    Barely five minutes into the tour, and we knew that we weren’t their target audience

  • Blind Date. Amateur riding. Gay Soiree

    Blind Date. Amateur riding. Gay Soiree

    What month are you born in?” January. “Ah, you’re horny!” What ... I fume inwardly. Horny! The basest male element

  • Net neutrality and national interest

    The ongoing debate on net neutrality reveals clashes of several public goals and interest groups

  • Why the Internet must be neutral

    Why the Internet must be neutral

    Imagine that you are on a spanking new highway. You are stopped about 100 metres after paying Rs 150 as toll and asked to pay Rs 300 extra for driving at over 100 kilometres per hour in the fast lane

  • Pakistan in the eye of the storm

    Pakistan in the eye of the storm

    Last week, Pakistan’s parliament voted to remain neutral in the civil war in Yemen, angering Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Emirates.

  • A wake up call for Mumbai

    Emperor Shah Jahan would have wept at what his labour of love has come to be. Buried inside the national news section of yesterday’s newspapers, we spotted a bit of news that added to a disturbing trend

  • Many more skeletons in MMRDA closet?

    Euphoric after the country’s first Monorail rolled out from a dusty Wadala depot to reach Chembur in February last year, several lakh Mumbaikars thronged the elevated facility for joyrides for days together

  • Aata majhi satakli!

    Aata majhi satakli!

    The Maharashtra government wants to boost the Marathi film industry by reserving multiplex screens between 12 noon and 9 pm for Marathi films

  • Their friends, our friends

    Wow, that was one rocking party Mamma!” the children chorused. Brows high-jumping with incredulity to spell “Cool”, they weren’t crowing about any wild celebration with their pals. This was them describing a dinner my mother-in-law hosted for a band of volunteer friends she works with

  • Gender by Choice

    Gender by Choice

    Every few years, gender lines are redrawn and there is a scramble to redefine what is politically correct. Sometimes, it seems as if every step society takes towards reducing the inequality between the sexes, two steps are taken backwards

  • Whose 'development' is the Development Plan for?

    Mumbai’s draft development plan (DP) for the next 20 years has created a storm. The philosophy adopted by the planners, to cater to the growing population of the metro, has evoked mixed views

  • A selfie-free Lent

    “I’m not going to take any selfies throughout Lent,” was a declaration that caught my attention in a crowded, high-octane compartment of a local, a day before Ash Wednesday

  • Process. Accept. Believe

    Process. Accept. Believe

    She’d been away a week. Home now, the first thing that struck her was the new nameplate

  • The food network

    The food network

    Why is it such a challenge to get a food show that showcases healthy food? Or a column on food that goes beyond the googled-facts-on-green-food

  • Power play over Iran

    Power play over Iran

    The news from Lausanne is confusing. But that is only to be expected in the complex endgame that is being played out between the P5+1 and Iran over the latter’s nuclear programme