Mumbai posts

Inviting Response

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

This has to be the best invite of the year. Jenny Bhatt doesn’t just want people to come to her exhibition of paintings, she wants them to achieve “liberation thru’ consumption”, which is why the invite for her show is a credit card.
“Dear Seeker,
As part of our dedicated effort to take care of the spiritual [...]

Mumbai Talkies

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

The moment Mr. August Uribe, Senior Specialist from Sotheby’s, was introduced as “Oggie”, I should have known this was not going to go so well. Being told someone’s nickname is never a good sign, particularly when the nic in question makes them sound like they should be singing in a chorus with Big Bird. Most [...]

Rain mix

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

It’s not every day that I have the time to take a walk along the sea in the mornings. Today was one of those rare days when the weather was perfect and I had the time so I thought, “Carpe diem et coffee. Let’s go for a walk.” As I got into the lift, I [...]

Not cricket

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Everyone was sure after the November attacks in Mumbai that there was a second set coming. In Mumbai, this meant there were police barricades set up all over the city which slowed down the already turgid traffic. The predictions for the next chosen site ranged from military bases in Gujarat to the Red Fort during [...]

Days of our Lives

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

It’s one of those crazy, crazy days. Iran apparently began a test-run of its Russian-built atomic power plant. A plane broke into three parts while attempting to land at Schiphol. There’s rebellion raging in the headquarters of the Bangladesh Rifles. Despite the fact that it’s being conducted by Bengalis and it’s started because of something [...]

Word power

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

If you’re whooshing around Mumbai, looking at cinema hoardings , you’ll notice that the ones for Billu Barber now look like this:
Till a few days ago, the hoarding said “Billu Barber” (like the website address continues to) but now you will notice the word “barber” has a white strip pasted on it. Some of you [...]

Mumbai Attackers Identified

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

As suspected, they were motherfuckers and assholes.

Mumbai Attacks - The Big Picture

Monday, December 1st, 2008

The Big Picture’s Friday feature was on the Mumbai attacks.

Warning: Some images are graphic.


Monday, December 1st, 2008

Rumour has it that the last two days were holidays, a weekend even. For a lot of south Mumbai, however, there was no rest because inquiring minds, who have become addicted to the phrase “Breaking News” by the news channels, now need to crack the case, especially since the Deccan Mujahideen has sent a second [...]

60 hours later

Friday, November 28th, 2008

…it’s over.
At approximately 7.30am this morning, the Taj operation finally came to something of a close. Reports are that one terrorist has been caught and three have been killed there. There have been some casualties among the NSG and the NSG chief JK Dutt has urged guests in the hotel to part their curtains so [...]

37 hours later

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

10.20am - The Trident has been cleared of terrorists and everyone has been evacuated. Two or three terrorists are believed to be holed up in the Oberoi (adjoining tower in the same complex). The Taj continues to burn and still not much luck with Nariman House, even though commandos being airdropped on the roof.
Apparently, the [...]

Four hours later

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

10.45am - There are still 50-odd hostages inside the Taj. The Trident also continues to be under siege. The Taj has about 5 terrorists inside. A navy officer said that sniffer dogs are being used to check whether dead bodies are booby-trapped. Media are being told to not play up things and to not expect [...]


Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

And no, the lyrics of the Pearl Jam song will not be part of this post.
If there’s one thing that I didn’t think I’d ever do when I took to blogging, it’s live-blogging during a bombing/hostage situation.
Today was the premiere of the movie “The President is Coming“. While we were drinking free white wine, courtesy [...]

For the love of Gordimer

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Someone asked me today, who is Nadine Gordimer? Generally, I flounder when asked these questions because it seems so inadequate to say just “author” for people like her. Today, however, I was well prepared because I’d spent a couple of hours faced with a blinding blue and yellow sign, designed by the Government of India, [...]