BMC’s Pothole Filling Methods Bleeding Mumbai to Death

Each year the BMC goes about announcing that they are prepared for the monsoons this year. They promise residents that it will be smooth travels on the streets of Mumbai. Yet, all it takes are a few pre-monsoon showers to show us the reality for what it is – a stinking bag of lies. This…

Lessons from the Chilli Plant

Sometime towards the beginning of the year, I got tired of the drab view out the window & decided to add some colour. Potted plants seemed like the best option. The window soon filled up with varying hues of green. The Gulbakshi soon bloomed, adding a dash of vibrant colour to the view. It was…

My ‘PizzAah!’ Experience – Ep. 2 – Stuffed Garlic Bread

Continuing on from the happy-pizza experience at PizzAah, we’d heard the jolly chefs there saying something about Stuffed Garlic Bread. Now, while other brands offer Garlic breads in regular & with cheese/chicken toppings; PizzAah! goes a step further with their Stuffed Garlic Bread. We knew we had to sample them & decided to come back…

My ‘PizzAah!’ Experience – Ep. 1 – Smoked & How…

Pizza! While the rest of the world may know Pizza differently, in Mumbai, it is what comes delivered to our door in 30 minutes or less. Over the years, there have been many a brand that’s set up shop. From taking full advantage of the coupon-offers from Smokin’ Joes to dining out at a Pizza…

Mumbai – Maximum City, Unlimited Greed!

Having a roof over the head is a dream that fuels every one that calls this great, crumbling city their home. People slave their entire lives, often working in dead-end jobs, only to service that home loan. The home building industry on the other hand, believes that Mumbai should only be restricted to skyscrapers, each…

Mumbai suffers when Law Enforcers turn into Law Breakers

Much has been spoken about the deteriorating traffic sense in Mumbai. Though things are much better than other cities and metros, the situation has worsened from what it was until some years ago. People simply don’t care about the law. It is every man (and woman) to themselves, out on the streets. It is true…

Auto Strike means Traffic-Free Roads in Mumbai

The rickshaw drivers in Mumbai stayed off the streets yesterday. It wasn’t the first time they’d done that, and nor would it be the last. Strikes you see are a powerful bargaining tool and something that the politically inclined have used to varying degrees of success long before the country became independent. Yesterday’s strike was…

The Good Folks #01: Kisanrao Ingale, Rickshaw Driver, Mumbai

Everyday folks, people who go about their daily lives like the others around them. Only, in an increasingly greedy world, these lovely folks help keep the humanity alive. Meet Kisanrao Ingale, a resident of Chandavarkar Road, Borivli West. He’s been driving an auto-rickshaw for over 36 years. I met him the other day when looking…

Amma – the Rockstar

The first lady, she has a thing for two strokes you know.How can I be so sure, you ask? Well, here’s how… A pillion ride you’ve always been, riding with dad when you were only in your twenties & the ride back then was none other than the elegant looking Lamberetta… Over a decade was…

The X-Mini MINI-II. It makes commutes bearable

Among the top 5 things i look for in a car is the music (entertainment) system that it supports. For, there is no greater lifesaver when battling gridlocked traffic on the commute. Music calms the soul, soothes those frayed nerves and helps keep me sane. About 15 months ago, life transpired to change the balance…

Dabba Diaries

Lucky are those who can eat just about anything, the ‘Jugheads’ of the world, so to speak. It had become a habit of sorts for someone who has spent a long time envying those who can gorge like there’s no tomorrow and put away the pounds like they never existed in the first place. The…