Monthly Archives October 2010

My 11-year-old cousin told me she envies the richest families in Mumbai because they are so ‘lucky.’ She professed the other day that it would be wonderful to live like them and buy whatever you want. I thought about this statement a bit and then read an article my friend posted on facebook on Antilla. This NY times article seemed…

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I recently finished reading Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Palace of Illusions, a beautifully narrated version of the Mahabharata, through the eyes of Draupadi. But what intrigues me more than  the powerful voice of Draupadi is the Mahabharata story and is its resonance with modern-day society. https://instagram.com/p/6SUEPPt4a4/?taken-by=bombaydelhigirl On one level, the tale recounts a bygone era of mystical beings and supernatural events. But on another…

An article in the Times of South Mumbai struck me- it was a feature during Independence Day, which I can’t find online anymore, but it was a series of questions pertinent to civic responsibility and active citizenship. One of the questions was “do we have the right to criticize the government when we don’t vote?” I found it interesting, because…

India has often celebrated the success of its soft power. It is somewhat an asset to our grand nation be it the bollywood movies, or its portrayal in Hollywood with the Oscar-worthy Slumdog,  Gandhian ideals or even as an instrument to promote regional peace with media campaigns like Aman Ki Asha. Sometimes it becomes unclear as to whether the success…

The globalized world is strange at times. You can be sitting in the same room as someone but feel completely disconnected with them. How many times have you seen people out for dinner or coffee constantly on their phones? A few weeks ago I was sitting in my room, updating my blog when the houseboy walked in to start dusting…

On a family vacation to Italy this summer,  in a quaint town in Tuscany, Italy ( the quintessential old-fashioned charming small family run shack turned diner) the waiter approaches us to ask if we are from India. It turns out there was an Indian woman working in the restaurant. It’s strange to find an Indian here-of course there’s no dearth…

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