The “Flying Rani”!

Although a train journey in India is arduous, especially when traveling unreserved, it is always fun, and replete with memorable experiences. 🙂

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.

Pablo Bartholomew… passionate artist, photographer, photo-journalist

Today, reminiscing about my 'advertising' career in India - soon fading; and while reviewing my sporadic flirtations with photography; about Ektachrome, Kodachrome (also now relegated to the archives of photography), my thoughts drifted to the time Pablo Bartholomew was doing a calendar assignment for Kodak.  The theme for that specific year (somewhere in the mid-'80s, … Continue reading Pablo Bartholomew… passionate artist, photographer, photo-journalist

What shall I write about… New York, or Mumbai?

Not just my fingers, but even the cells in my brain seem numbed by this wintry cold. Yes, the last time I tried to write was on January 1st but, ironically, poodwaddle seems to have stopped ticking for me since then. Could it just be writer's block? Well... I'll soon find out. Today, after almost … Continue reading What shall I write about… New York, or Mumbai?

Dawn of 2009… talk of Mumbai’s resilience, and…

Talk of perspectives. A couple of days back I referred to NYC - America's resilient city, comparing it to Mumbai - India's version of NYC. In my posting are references to a common man's dispirited view-point of life in Mumbai today. Today, The New York Times has published Joe Nocera's account of his journey to … Continue reading Dawn of 2009… talk of Mumbai’s resilience, and…

Resilience: is it a virtue?

Mumbaikars are proud of their resilience... serial bomb blasts terrorize the city but they are up and about the following day, going about their business; annually, rains flood their beloved city, making commutes tedious and dangerous for the common man while the local municipality does little to fix the root cause of this problem... but … Continue reading Resilience: is it a virtue?

India, be prepared for the demand of yet another ‘official’ minority group.

A tragic end... six visiting Israelis were caught in the crossfire between 'unknown' terrorists and India's NSG commandos during the numerous concurrent attacks in Mumbai last week, including the attack on the Jewish outreach center in the Colaba neighborhood, not far from the Taj Mahal hotel. All the six victims were Jews, but none were … Continue reading India, be prepared for the demand of yet another ‘official’ minority group.

Infamous Chief Minister of Kerala hurls insults on slain commando’s family!

"Had NSG commando, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan not been slain and turned martyr, not even a dog would have visited Sandeep's family home!" Uttered in Malayali, to translate thus, this unfelicitous, tasteless remark was an insult over injury! Apparently, prior to his 'condolence' visit to the slain Indian commando's home, by way of security measures the … Continue reading Infamous Chief Minister of Kerala hurls insults on slain commando’s family!

Corporate America… now will you be on Indian shores in droves?

Or have the events of the past three months numbed your gray cells? Or then again, surely 10 young men slinking on to Indian shores in the past week are not going to drive you away from those Western shores of Mumbai; nor displace you from India's Silicon Valley on the Deccan Plateau! Is it … Continue reading Corporate America… now will you be on Indian shores in droves?

Mumbai mourners, paying tribute to the departed…

Photos: Courtesy, The New York Times