A social commentary… hypocrisy, or hurtful reality?

Vaah, vaah, wow... what a song... your exultant parents, others of their generation, and today even we shower superlatives on songs such as this one: Or then again, this one... There's yet another song that crosses my mind, as do a zillion others... I wonder... was it Raj Kapoor's charisma that camouflaged the nuances of … Continue reading A social commentary… hypocrisy, or hurtful reality?

Crossed wires, or lost connections? From India to being Indian-American (or is it American Indian)… something to dwell on.

A booming Mumbai. Crossed wires, or lost connections?A train journey from Ahmedabad to Mumbai.You've arrived here in your twenties, went to school, college, and lived here. Your kids were born and raised here... in the US.Now, they too have kids and have moved on!   But your own parents who've just moved from India after their … Continue reading Crossed wires, or lost connections? From India to being Indian-American (or is it American Indian)… something to dwell on.

Buddhist Monks at Nalanda

Buddhist Monks at Nalanda by chitralekhan Modern day monks... at the ancient center of learning, in Bihar, India. When I visited Nalanda in November of 1996, it was the Chinese Year of the Monkey... 4694 Bing-Shen! So, "What's the context?" you may well ask... well, among the Buddhist Jataka Tales, is also a delightful but … Continue reading Buddhist Monks at Nalanda

An Indian’s reflection of India, post “Independence Day reflections from London”!

Vir Sanghvi's Counter Point article, entitled, "Independence Day reflections from London", which he posted on 13 Aug 2010 08:47 p.m., seems to be floating in cyberspace as a 'forward' re-titled, "The new look at India by the arrogant British"!  In the past two months, it has appeared twice in my Inbox - and perhaps it … Continue reading An Indian’s reflection of India, post “Independence Day reflections from London”!

38 Gold…

Yep, DGP Gold is hovering under $38 today, a steep stock-price plunge  of almost 6% since yesterday. For the past 5 days or so, it hovered at all time highs of over $40. Five days ago, at final count, India had bagged an all-time high number of gold medals at the CWG 2010 in Delhi … Continue reading 38 Gold…

Glimpses of The Commonwealth Games 2010 Stadia… no spit, all polish!

Spanking new stadia await the excitement of some 7000 participants who have travelled to New Delhi from across 71 nations to display their athletic prowess. World audience, and athletes... just a few more hours to go! The (anticipated) extravaganza of the Opening Ceremony this evening should set the tone for the next 11 days. I was … Continue reading Glimpses of The Commonwealth Games 2010 Stadia… no spit, all polish!

Eat, Play, Love… watch The Games begin!

October is here. The dawn of 2nd October, reminds me of  Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary (141st) ... reminding me also that it's time for reconciliation and rapprochement. I, for one, have critiqued India aplenty this past week, but now with just a day to go, on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games … Continue reading Eat, Play, Love… watch The Games begin!

Urban Indians’ bombastic attitude… nothing but talk!

"Words are cheap... " is oft stated, and more so, it seems, by India and Indians. Charlie Chaplin went on to say " ... the biggest thing you can say is 'elephant'." Indeed, the Commonwealth Games 2010 may well turn out to be the proverbial 'white elephant', at least for India; to say the least, I'm … Continue reading Urban Indians’ bombastic attitude… nothing but talk!

Change of season… allergies, aches & pains… home remedies… desi (India) style!

Received the following from a friend, just as I was sipping on my 3-minute home concoction of grated ginger, honey, lemon squeeze & hot water... to relieve my sore throat, and to alleviate that nasty irritation in my Eustachian tube! So... here it is for anyone who wishes to avoid an immediate visit to a … Continue reading Change of season… allergies, aches & pains… home remedies… desi (India) style!

Copper Chimney Worli… Paneer laajavaab!

Not since mid '99 have I eaten the mouth-watering Paneer Musallam at Copper Chimney. However, during the past decade I have heard some close friends rave about it endlessly. Reminiscing not only their frequent meals at the restaurant which was right across from their home, but they also narrate tales about their bavarchi,  the ex-chef … Continue reading Copper Chimney Worli… Paneer laajavaab!