COVID-19 is an extremely challenging situation but it's also an opportunity to do a lot of things. The list can include things like attending mental or emotional wellness, doing introspection, connecting with old friends, reconnect with the child inside you, investing quality time with family and loved ones, thinking about new ideas on personal development, … Continue reading COVID-19: Be Hopeful and Use the Lockdown to Your Benefit
Christmas is a special occasion as all our loved ones gather together and enjoy and share beautiful moments. This way we can enjoy experiences that'll always be kept in our hearts as treasured memories. The arrival of a new year means the start of a new stage in our lives, in which we set new goals and … Continue reading 2019: A Message From Dear Santa
Mumbai’s local railway is called the lifeline of the city. Trains can get so overcrowded during peak hours that it becomes almost impossible to board the train. But over the years, I've collected some tips that'll help you conquer this monster. It isn’t the train that's a monster but the people are. They don’t let you travel with dignity … Continue reading 13 Tips for Riding the Mumbai Local Train
Childhood was the best part of life and childhood games were the most games; at least for most of us. I grew up in Mumbai and played a lot of outdoor and indoor games as a child. I remember doing more than two dozen outdoor and indoor activities, other than cricket, football, badminton, or hockey. … Continue reading Childhood Games: A Trip Down the Memory Lane
I'm good at story-telling and hence, my wife always advised me to start a blog but I didn’t do it. I only started a blog as late as 2017 and it has been a wonderful journey. I've written a blog post almost every day. I enjoy writing. It’s a beautiful way to express my thoughts. … Continue reading 2018: Gratitude to All My Readers and Followers Across the Globe
Christmas is a special occasion as all our loved ones gather together and enjoy and share beautiful moments. This way we can enjoy experiences that'll always be kept in our hearts as treasured memories. The arrival of a new year means the start of a new stage in our lives, in which we set new goals and … Continue reading 2018: A Message From Dear Santa
Humans have inhabited the planet only a few million years ago. Mosquitoes have killed way more species than humans. Humans are just the most vulnerable animal not the deadliest. What makes mosquitoes so dangerous? They carry devastating diseases. The worst is malaria, which kills more than 600,000 people every year; another 200 million cases incapacitate … Continue reading Mosquito, Not Human Is the Deadliest Animal
WhatsApp Stickers is the latest feature from the Facebook-owned app and while it has been an instant hit among Android and iOS users, the stickers allow users to send special stickers within their chats in order to express themselves in a better way. I've got an Android phone so in this blog post, I'll share the … Continue reading Here’s How to Get WhatsApp Stickers on Your Android Phone
Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere. It’s a national festival that is enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith. What’s Diwali? It’s one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. During the celebration, … Continue reading Diwali: The Festival of Prosperity, Wisdom, and Lights
७०-८०-९० का दशक बड़ा ही रोचक था | केबल टीवी के पहले अख़बार और किताबें ही एक भारतीय का ज्ञान और मनोरंजन का ज़रिया था | हर रेलवे स्टेशन पे व्हीलर की दूकान हर तरह की किताबों का अड्डा था | ये किताबें अपनी सस्ते कागज़, कातिल तस्वीरें, अजब-गजब नाम और सस्ते दामों की वजह … Continue reading लौट आया है हिंदी पल्प फिक्शन
The 70s-80s-90s were a whirlwind time. Before cable television, newspapers and physical books were still what most Indians looked to for information and entertainment. At railways stations, the AH Wheeler stall was a prominent point where one could buy all sorts of books; especially Hindi pulp fiction. These books with their low-quality paper, striking graphics, … Continue reading Hindi Pulp Fiction Is Back With a Twist
If you’re living in one of the developing countries or not so developed countries, time-banking might be a fresh new concept for you. Is it? I don’t know about you but I came to know about it in 2013. I was doing some soul-searching in a hermitage when some people from developed foreign countries told … Continue reading Time-Banking: A Form of Alternative Currency
First, my dear friend, listen to this beautiful song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GibiNy4d4gc Whenever I listen to this song, I think about MTNL that is the biggest public telecommunications service, provider. The company had a monopoly in Mumbai and New Delhi until 1992 when the telecom sector was opened to other service providers. Those were the days. Flashback! I remember getting a telephone connection … Continue reading The Circle of Life
This year, many parts of India are severely affected by floods. But if you observe closely, every year the story is almost the same. Across the globe, countries are facing natural calamities; especially floods. Flood is an overflow of a huge amount of water covering large areas destroying the places affected. Many regions across the … Continue reading Nature Is Screaming, Are You Listening?
Percy, Pearl, Monaaz, Tinaaz, Zarin, Behram, Khusham, Minoo, Dinaz, Golom, Meher, Shireen, Natasha, Delna, Oorvazi, Nainaz, Zubin, Kaizad, Yezdi, Dinyar, Arish and all such names are ringing in my head since morning! Why? Today is Persian new year. As I raised my hands to wish my Parsi friends, on social media, I'd a better idea. … Continue reading Arey Dikra, Let’s PARSI!
They gave their tomorrow for our today. Our army is on duty round the clock to protect and serve us. Nothing can repay them but a little bit of gratitude is good for payback. With this spirit, we made hundreds of THANK YOU cards for our brave soldiers with the support of friends and SOMEONE … Continue reading On 72nd Independence Day, We Made THANK YOU Cards for Indian Army
I believe in India because we've got great dreams, and because we've got the opportunity to make those dreams come true. 72nd independence celebration in India — the onus is upon us to create the life, the nation, and the future we want for ourselves.
A common source of confusion when labeling generations are their age. Generational cohorts are defined — loosely — by birth year, not current age. The reason is simple—as people age, they change life stages. For example, a member of Generation X who turned 18 in 1998 would now be nearly 40. At that time, he or … Continue reading Which Generation Are You?
A brothel is a horrible place where men can spend a little money for a few minutes of sex, that'll scar a woman for a lifetime. For decades, more than one million girls are enslaved in brothels throughout the world. They’re enticed, deceived, or kidnapped by traffickers and forced to work in red-light districts. Sex workers … Continue reading Ever Wondered What It’s Like Inside a Brothel?
I was born in 1979. I'm fortunate to have witnessed several technological breakthroughs in life — color TV, VCR, walkman, cassette players, telephone, pager, desktop computers, mobile phone etc. Then came the 21st century and internet turned it around for us in India. As a child, I used to write letters to my penpals across … Continue reading Get Ready for a Tech Revolution called POP
Ghazal is a form of poetry. It’s my favorite and I remember listening to this poetry form since my childhood; thanks to my father. A ghazal may be understood as a poetic expression of both the pain of loss or separation and the beauty of love; despite that pain. But a ghazal has several facets and has … Continue reading The Never-ending Ghazal Wave of India
HORN OK PLEASE is a phrase commonly painted on commercial vehicles like trucks, in India. The purpose of the phrase is to alert a driver of a vehicle approaching from behind to sound the horn in case they wish to overtake. But unfortunately, no one knows the real meaning behind it and drivers keep painting it … Continue reading What Does HORN OK PLEASE Mean?
From the moment I saw this picture on the Twitter account of HH Dalai Lama, I'm lost in the world of unlimited joy. This is a classic frame — both masters in one. HH is a reservoir of compassion, peace, and unlimited happiness, while Sachin Tendulkar brings a smile, joy, and a sense of pride … Continue reading Union of the Masters
I had an interesting conversation with a man who was helping me to find an address. He was keen to find out my caste. कहाँ के रहने वाले हो ? भारत । भारत के तो नहीं लगते। ये तेज, ये स्टाइल तो भारत का नहीं लगता । ना जी । यही का हूँ—मुंबई का । … Continue reading जाति कौनसी है ?
Ecstasy is often called the love pills because it heightens perceptions of color and sound and supposedly amplifies sensations when one touches or caresses another, particularly during sex. Blue Dolphin. White Mercedes. Green Star. Purple Transformer. White Rolex. These are just some of the names of these pills. But these pills often contain hallucinogens, which … Continue reading Never Touch LOVE PILLS Unless You Really Want To Get High
To my smoker friends, can you pretty please never again throw your cigarette butts on the street or down the drain? They aren't biodegradable and are one of the biggest items of litter worldwide. Check out LeoNotHappy for more information.
A date-rape drug also referred to as a predator drug, is any drug that is an incapacitating agent which, when administered to another person, incapacitates the person and renders them vulnerable to a drug-facilitated sexual assault; including rape. One of the most common types is those in which a victim consumes a recreational drug such … Continue reading The Case of the Date-Rape Drug
Recently, there was a horrible incident of rape in India. Rape — physical and mental — has been going around in the world since time immemorial. The whole social media of India is busy ranting about these rapes. People are busy blaming the government, rapists, new age, media, society, and even God. I'm silent. I … Continue reading Rape: The Culture, Blame Game, and Silence
College life was fun — friends, ocean, lust, fun, music, and a lot of intoxicants. And all this was bound by a common thread of a deep thirst for exploration. Back in the 1990s, drugs were sprawling in Mumbai. Psychedelic drugs were a rage. Although, it was only a privilege for the rich because of … Continue reading God Isn’t In a Pill
The most damaging phrase in the language is — it’s always been done that way. Grace Hopper A group of scientists placed five monkeys in a cage, and in the middle, a ladder with bananas on top. Every time a monkey went up the ladder, the scientists soaked the rest of the monkeys with cold water. … Continue reading The 5 MONKEYS and A LADDER Experiment
I believe in India because we've got great dreams, and because we've got the opportunity to make those dreams come true.
Friends, don’t worry. There’s stressful peace in the Mumbai city. Everything is fine. I'm alive. Everything is fine. Only a few people were dead, few got hurt, some public property was burnt, business is on a halt, transportation is closed. Everything is fine. Today, my city will be closed but the red-light area won’t be … Continue reading Mumbai on Fire
यारों, चिंता ना करो | मुंबई में तनावपूर्ण शांति है | हाल-चाल ठीक-ठाक है, सब कुछ ठीक-ठाक है | मैं जिंदा हूँ और टाइगर भी | हाल-चाल ठीक-ठाक है, सब कुछ ठीक-ठाक है | कुछ माल जला, कुछ लोग मारें, कुछ परेशान हुए, धंदा ठप्प है – बाकी सब ठीक-ठाक है | हाल-चाल ठीक-ठाक है, … Continue reading मुंबई बंद
I'm a big fan of Bigg Boss for some years. Not that I'm a sadist but this show is really entertaining and a useful lesson for a student of psychology; like me. A friend recently told me she doesn't like to watch this because she thinks that only insane people take part in this show. … Continue reading Are Participants of Bigg Boss Really Insane?
Recently, India’s top court banned the controversial law that allowed Muslim men to end the marriage by uttering talaq — Arabic word for divorce — three times. But what is this cult of instant divorce? A triple talaq is a form of Islamic divorce which has been used by Muslims in India. It allows any Muslim man to legally divorce … Continue reading Triple Talaq — The Cult of Instant Divorce In Islam
I'm a low-impact traveling freak and usually; I love to travel by train. This article is based on one of my travel experiences in north India. Bihar is a beautiful region in our country. It’s full of contrast — a blend of loving and notorious people. As per the legend, if you’re traveling across that region on a … Continue reading Objects in the Rear View Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
I think it’s a dirty communication to the women. I mean, these advertisements are creating a divide in the mindset of people about women based on the color of their skin. What can be dirtier? And the best part is that most men and women are promoting these dirty advertisements. These are the same people … Continue reading Regressive Topic of Fairness In a Progressive Time
Paan is the pride of India — the favorite food after food. It’s beautiful in colors and delicious in taste. It’s a culture and is available in many sizes, tastes and the cost also varies. One vendor sells it for Rupees 1,000. It contains thin leaves of silver and gold. That’s insane but people are crazy … Continue reading Paan Parade
We’re talking about two names of the same city. A city that has gone metamorphoses like none other. From a separate group of seven islands to one of the biggest cities in the world, this city has seen it all, shown it all. In 1782, a colonial project united all the seven islands into one, and in … Continue reading Bombay vs. Mumbai
The Indian flag code is a set of laws that govern the usage of the Flag of India. The Bureau of Indian Standards is the authority that governs and enforces the manufacture and correct usage of the flag according to the certain standards issued in three sets of documents. The standards were created in 1968 and thereafter … Continue reading The Flag Code of India
This is one of my non-human stories and it’s really cute. It’s about the naughty dog in our locality. His name is Laaloo. I don’t know who kept his name and why but it’s unique. It’s different from all regular English names people keep. I wonder why people usually give their pets English names. He’s one of the … Continue reading LAALOO Is the Name
I was traveling to CST by train one day and I saw this beautiful scene. My hand automatically went towards the camera to take capture of this moment. It’s a moment of irony, loneliness, pain, madness and so many other emotions that no one, other than the man himself, knows about. I don’t know what happened to … Continue reading First Class Loneliness
What's color? Color is the aspect of things that's caused by differing qualities of light being reflected or emitted by them. To see color, you've got to have light. When light hits objects, some of the wavelengths are absorbed and some are reflected, depending on the materials in the object. The reflected wavelengths are what we … Continue reading Science and Psychology of Color
I was walking to the market this morning and on the way, I found 4 lemons in a square shape on the floor. They were crushed and I asked someone nearby about this phenomenon. He explained to me that it was because somebody has bought a new car and he placed the lemons under the … Continue reading Superstition or Belief?
I brought a utensil today. It's a big aluminum tumbler to boil water and I did something unusual, for the shopkeeper at least. I asked him to engrave my name on it. Cool, isn't it? But this was a custom many years back. I remember my parents getting their names engraved on the new utensils … Continue reading Living Ignorance, Dying Customs
I took a cab and it showed a particular route. The driver was confused and I requested a shorter route. The driver told me that he knows another route which is better but deep on my heart I knew that my route was better. Believe me, I’ll win he said consistently. I asked him that … Continue reading Overconfidence Wins
The city has become an angry young man. Tired of the way things are, we are ready to stand up against the problems and make a change. We want to bring back what was once a beautiful city. Because it’s our city! Mamhai-Manbai-Mayambu-Mombaim-Mombayn-Mumbai-Boa-Baim-BomVida-BomBahai-Bombaii-Bombayim-Bombeye-Boon Bay–Bambai-Bombay-Mumbai. All of them.
I don’t understand when people say that I'm a pure vegetarian. How can one be that today? Just a random thought. Vegetarianism isn't just eating plants but it’s more of a mental lifestyle. It implies non-killing and non-violence but how? We kill millions of insects by calling them a pest that comes to eat our … Continue reading Does Pure Vegetarianism Really Exist?
I see this placid creature on my window every day. It rests here for hours together; looking at me and my home. I also see him with a fresh sight every day and it has become a great teacher to me. There's so much to learn from it. The dark grey beauty is so serene, … Continue reading Wise Pigeon
I usually travel by public transport nowadays. I don’t remember what bus I took the other day and as I entered the bus this historic scene looted my heart. It was a beautiful scene of an array of persons sitting one after the other. They looked like the queue of little children who assemble to … Continue reading Photography: The Art of Seeing
I've heard so many people say so many times that India is the biggest democracy in the world. Democracy means freedom i.e. when you are free. Are we free from the wrong practices in the name of religion? Are we free from biased notions? Are we free from hypocritical beliefs? Are we free from dirtying … Continue reading Democracy
We’re consciously and continuously fighting over belief systems, color, caste, creed, race, etc. but seldom have we realized that there's a third side to all of the rage — language. Our daily bunch of words that we use share so much of brotherhood, unity, or togetherness. How you ever even thought about it? Maybe we're … Continue reading Hindi-Urdu: A Subconscious Tale of Unity