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”!

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Chitralekha vs Chitralekhan… the distinction.

On a Google search for 'chitralekhan', I always encounter this question: Did you mean chitralekha? NO! I meant what I typed... gee, doesn't Google get it! The following popped up as one of the search results... it's fascinating. So I'm reproducing it here for my own future reference. (Not plagiarizing, please.) Incidentally, juggernaut , derived from Lord Jagannatha, holds … Continue reading Chitralekha vs Chitralekhan… the distinction.

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!

India Journal’s review of “Sathvaro Radheshyam No”

In my search for the US schedule of this Gujarati production, I finally found at least one review: India Journal's review for the dance ballet. Now I have the names of all the promoters; national: Natwar Thakkar of 999 Enterprises Inc and Hiren Parpani Productions; regional sponsors: Harshida, Harish, Dhanesh Parmar of Dhanraj & Tisha … Continue reading India Journal’s review of “Sathvaro Radheshyam No”

Sathvaro Radhe Shyam No… Nilesh Thakkar and Arpita Thakkar!

Yesterday I heard rave reviews from friends in Los Angeles about this Gujarati ballet.  They drove 70 miles each way on 21st July to see this fabulous production, and said it was worth every penny and every minute of their time. Having never heard these friends utter such superlatives, I was rather impressed. More so, … Continue reading Sathvaro Radhe Shyam No… Nilesh Thakkar and Arpita Thakkar!

You wanna cook, not cry. Wanna try Indian? It doesn’t have to be curry!

If you're not crazy about crushing garlic that sounds much like me... except that I am also allergic to it, as I am also to the ubiquitous onion... no, seriously (in case you find that incredible)! Besides, I'm vegetarian (though not a vegan), hence most meals for me end up being home-cooked. Nope, there's nobody … Continue reading You wanna cook, not cry. Wanna try Indian? It doesn’t have to be curry!

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?

More than an iconic symbol of India… the Taj Mahal hotel, Mumbai.

Today, I can't help but recall New Yorkers' sentiments after the attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center, on 9/11. I just read Mr. Ratan Tata's condemnation of last night's terrorist attacks in Mumbai, targeting landmark buildings, including the flagship hotel of his Tata-run Indian Hotels - The Taj Mahal: "The terrible … Continue reading More than an iconic symbol of India… the Taj Mahal hotel, Mumbai.

Impact of the global recession… research begins in NY, ends in India’s bedrooms!

"Teji maan time nathi, mandi maan mood nathi." A research study titled thus in Gujarati, a South Asian language, loosely translated into English, it reads as "No time during a bull run, dampened mood during a downturn". Undoubtedly, referring to the effects of stock market perturbations on couples, especially on their intimate lives in the … Continue reading Impact of the global recession… research begins in NY, ends in India’s bedrooms!

Companies blog about their layoffs… laid-off employee driven to killing CEO!

I would refer to this as Silicon Valley's doomed trajectory... and what a tragic end... from boom to doom! Just ten days after Claire Cain Miller wrote an article for International Herald Tribune, about how CEOs of companies are blogging about "downsizing", "pink slips" and "staff cuts", especially in Silicon Valley, I read about Sid … Continue reading Companies blog about their layoffs… laid-off employee driven to killing CEO!