as the rain

As the rain

It has been almost exactly a year, down to the first rainy day of the season, that I last wrote. Life has been tumultuous, to say the least. But the rains brought my digital pen back to me, one day, sitting on a train, in the form of a digital cursor. Here’s a little something I wrote.

as the rain

We are as the rain
Born of thunderous celebration
Breaking into a million pieces
Falling away, falling toward,
Ever rejoining and breaking apart
Into rivulets that run and run and run
Into fat droplets, pregnant with promise
That get absorbed into another form
Into moisture so slight, we get windswept away forever
And the few, the chosen few,
Carried up and up and up
To the place where they once belonged.

Stellar Weather

So, while the world at large was losing its mind over a particularly drab-looking dress, Mumbai was unexpectedly visited by a freak day of the gloomiest, chilliest weather. 

Now, while some of you non-Indians might think this was a cause for much consternation, it is quite the opposite.  For most of the year, we have variations of one climate: blistering heat.
So no, whilst we sing ‘The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow’ along with Annie, we actually wish for nothing but the exact opposite. 

So today was a day of great joy, spent reading books, drinking chai, sleeping, walking in the streets with our upturned smiling faces greeting thick rain drops, and wearing actual clothes that are not just the thinnest fabric we can find do as to not die of perspiration. 

Here are a few of my pictures. Don’t worry,there’s no blues-blacks or whites and golds because they were clicked to reflect this lovely, resonating gloom.

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Top 5 media goof-ups in less than two months

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“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that is power(….)”-Malcolm X. However, news media have excelled in the art of abusing this power with Times Of India securing the top spot. They cite dead people as being alive and make the alive dead, it’s almost like a funny Bon Jovi ‘Dead or Alive’ game.

Here are the top 5 errors made by the Indian media in less than two months….

    1.  RIP Sachin Tendulkar! – TOI

Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

Rip Sachin tendulkar

    2.  Messi Joins Rahul as Top Scorer – TOI

When autocorrect is involved, things can get a little Messi.

Messi equals RAHUL

     3.   Dumb to Dumber – DD anchor

We don’t know which is worse; that she is allowed to be a news anchor or…

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Why You Don’t Need Money To Be Merry This Christmas

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[Editor’s Note: As promised, this is a continued from the previous ‘5 things to do in December in Mumbai’ blog post, dedicated to the lovely people out there with empty pockets, but big hearts!]

  1. To many of us in the suburbs, the Damian furniture store’s yearly display is undoubtedly the first big sign that Christmas is HERE. Day in and day out we walk and crawl by in rickshaws, unenthusiastically going about our menial chores.
    Until one day, like a flash of divine intervention, Damian dons its Christmas garb in all its glory. So be a part of the constant stream of passers-by that stop for a moment (or many moments) in front of that glass wall. Big golden lights echoed in their glassy eyes, marveling with mouths slightly agape, sharing a rare moment of communal connection with total strangers.
    And the best part is, the guys at Damian won’t charge…

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5 Things To Do In Mumbai This December

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[Note: If you are broke, we have 5 other things to do  for you.Stay tuned!]

We Mumbaikars are famous for cribbing, all year round, about the downfalls of living in this city.  But this December, think again. Turns out its one of the best seasons to be in Mumbai, this 2014 and here are a few reasons why –

Why it’s great to be in Bombay this season.

  1. Festivals
  • Whether you’re a fist thumping EDM fanatic, a movie buff, the ultimate authority on all things comic-related or even a connoisseur of wines and vintage music, there’s something for everyone this season in Mumbai.

    Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celebrate_Bandra Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celebrate_Bandra

  • Bandra saw a host of small and large scale art and music events at Celebrate Bandra this November, including the Wine tasting festival, workshops for kids, football tournaments and Kitsch Mandi- the vibrantly colourful community arts and crafts festival. If you missed these…

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Top 5 media goof-ups in less than two months

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“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that is power(….)”-Malcolm X. However, news media have excelled in the art of abusing this power with Times Of India securing the top spot. They cite dead people as being alive and make the alive dead, it’s almost like a funny Bon Jovi ‘Dead or Alive’ game.

Here are the top 5 errors made by the Indian media in less than two months….

    1.  RIP Sachin Tendulkar! – TOI

Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

Rip Sachin tendulkar

    2.  Messi Joins Rahul as Top Scorer – TOI

When autocorrect is involved, things can get a little Messi.

Messi equals RAHUL

     3.   Dumb to Dumber – DD anchor

We don’t know which is worse; that she is allowed to be a news anchor or…

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The Big City Problem

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We’re not going to launch into an eloquent speech, filled with technical jargon, about what this page is for. Instead, we’re going to tell you a story.

Our subject is a suburban guy from Bandra.

Let’s say his name is Rahul, for reasons of familiarity (since we’ve related on so many levels with Rahul from SSC textbooks and Bollywood movies from the 90’s).

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Like so many of us, Rahul is fairly new to the city. He doesn’t really know his way around except for what downloaded apps and the internet tell him. This makes him realize that this city isn’t the cheapest to be living in if one doesn’t know the nooks and crannies and locals of the place. He wonders how some of his new friends, like Chris and Sasha (getting a little creative with the names now) manage to always retain the thickness of their…

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Why You Don’t Need Money To Be Merry This Christmas

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[Editor’s Note: As promised, this is a continued from the previous ‘5 things to do in December in Mumbai’ blog post, dedicated to the lovely people out there with empty pockets, but big hearts!]

  1. To many of us in the suburbs, the Damian furniture store’s yearly display is undoubtedly the first big sign that Christmas is HERE. Day in and day out we walk and crawl by in rickshaws, unenthusiastically going about our menial chores.
    Until one day, like a flash of divine intervention, Damian dons its Christmas garb in all its glory. So be a part of the constant stream of passers-by that stop for a moment (or many moments) in front of that glass wall. Big golden lights echoed in their glassy eyes, marveling with mouths slightly agape, sharing a rare moment of communal connection with total strangers.
    And the best part is, the guys at Damian won’t charge…

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5 Easily-sourced DIY Christmas decoratives

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New York might be covered in 12 inches of snow while we’re still in a perennial summer but that doesn’t necessarily thwart the Christmas magic from engulfing us, now, does it?
Rather prematurely too, I might happily add. Our Michael Buble playlists start to accompany our showers, we start to daydream at work meetings, of all the weddings and dancing-filled nights to ensue and, of course, we pass by Damian every so often in terse anticipation of this year’s magical Christmas display. Very soon, it’ll be time for all the friends and family to come by and help with the decorating.

So whether you’re Catholic, just love Christmas or anything in between, we’ve whipped up a few amazingly simple, yet amazingly amazing ways to decorate your home or workspace this Christmas season that DOESN’T include tacky streamers, outrageously expensive ornaments or those infamously shiny metallic beads and garlands that could…

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