Boon or Bane: The Essence and Impact of Social Media

Social media has facilitated a lot in reshaping communication industry and redefining the ways in which we communicate and express ourselves. I love to talk about social media. Explore its varied facets. It has so many dimensions. It means different things for different people. And, different people use it differently. Some use it for gossip, some … Continue reading Boon or Bane: The Essence and Impact of Social Media

Vipassana Meditation: A Thorough Technique of Mental Purification

In December 2019, I attended my first Vipassana Meditation camp. It's a 10-day process of mental purification, unlike anything I'd experienced. In this blog post, I'm going to share my in-depth experience. What's Vipassana meditation? Vipassana — that means to see things as they really are — is one of India's most ancient techniques of … Continue reading Vipassana Meditation: A Thorough Technique of Mental Purification

2019: A Message From Dear Santa!

Christmas is a very special occasion as all our loved ones gather together and enjoy and share very 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 … Continue reading 2019: A Message From Dear Santa!

निर्मम

कुछ आंसूं जो बहे नहीं | कुछ दर्द जो कहें नहीं | सुनाते है कहानी, कहानी बड़ी है निर्मम | अगर दिल में धड़कन बाकी है तो सुनना | अगर इंसानियत में लगन बाकी है तो सुनना | अगर थोड़ी मजाल बाकी है तो सुनना | कहानी बड़ी है निर्मम, अगर कुछ सवाल बाकी है … Continue reading निर्मम

Tips For Riding The Mumbai Local Train

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 have collected some tips that will help you conquer this monster. Actually, it isn't the train that is a monster but the people are. They … Continue reading Tips For Riding The Mumbai Local Train

2018: Gratitude To All My Readers And Followers Across The Globe

I am 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 have written a blog post almost every day. I really enjoy writing. It’s a beautiful way to … Continue reading 2018: Gratitude To All My Readers And Followers Across The Globe

2018: A Message From Dear Santa!

Christmas is a very special occasion as all our loved ones gather together and enjoy and share very beautiful moments. This way we can enjoy experiences that will 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 … Continue reading 2018: A Message From Dear Santa!

Mosquito, Not Human Is The Deadliest Animal

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

Here’s How To Get WhatsApp Stickers On Your Android Phone

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 have 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

The Man With A Lost Origin

In India, there is a typical tradition to ask people about their place of origin when we meet. Where is your native place? Everyone has an origin within the country but I am an odd one out. I don't have an origin in India; all the past glory is lost. Sometimes, I feel like no … Continue reading The Man With A Lost Origin

Sincere Gratitude To My 700 Followers

I am 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 have written a blog post almost every day. I really enjoy writing. It’s a beautiful way to … Continue reading Sincere Gratitude To My 700 Followers

Diwali: The Festival Of Prosperity, Wisdom, And Lights

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 is 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 … Continue reading Diwali: The Festival Of Prosperity, Wisdom, And Lights

Statue Of Unity: India Gets World’s Tallest Statue

The Statue of Unity is a monument dedicated to Indian independence movement leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Iron Man of India and is located on the river island called Sadhu Bet facing the Narmada Dam near Rajpipla in the Indian state of Gujarat. Who was Sardar Patel? The one who won over British leaders in the movement of Kheda and Bardoli, Sardar Patel was … Continue reading Statue Of Unity: India Gets World’s Tallest Statue

Mumbai Police: 100 Calls To 100 With 100% Result

I am fortunate to live in Mumbai that is—in my view—the best police in India. With the motto TO PROTECT THE GOOD AND DESTROY THE EVIL, the Mumbai Police has always come to my rescue in times of distress. PS: This blog post is based on my personal experience. You may have a different experience … Continue reading Mumbai Police: 100 Calls To 100 With 100% Result

लौट आया है हिंदी पल्प फिक्शन

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

Hindi Pulp Fiction Is Back With A Twist

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

Time-Banking: A Form Of Alternative Currency

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

The Legend Of The Mumbai DANCE-BARS

2005 came as a major blow to an entire industry in the sin-city of India—Mumbai. The state government banned dance bars in the city. However, in 2015, by public demand and dance-bar owners, the ban was partially removed. The dancers, some of whom once earned six-figure sums every month and led lavish lifestyles, became domestic … Continue reading The Legend Of The Mumbai DANCE-BARS

The Circle Of Life

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 … Continue reading The Circle Of Life

Nature Is Screaming, Are You Listening?

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 flood. Flood is an overflow of a huge amount of water covering large areas causing destruction at the places affected. Many regions … Continue reading Nature Is Screaming, Are You Listening?

Arey Dikra, Let’s PARSI!

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 had a better … Continue reading Arey Dikra, Let’s PARSI!

On 72nd Independence Day, We Made THANK YOU Cards For Indian Army

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 its 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

India: Happy Independence Day 2018!

I believe in India because we have great dreams, and because we have 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. https://www.facebook.com/someonesomewhereforyou/videos/868150500040149/

Which Generation Are You?

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. In that time, he or she cares about vastly … Continue reading Which Generation Are You?

Sharing Gratitude With My 500 Followers!

I am 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 have written a blog post almost every day. I really enjoy writing. It’s a beautiful way to … Continue reading Sharing Gratitude With My 500 Followers!

Ever Wondered What It’s Like Inside A Brothel?

A brothel is a horrible place where men can spend a little money for a few minutes of sex, that will 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 … Continue reading Ever Wondered What It’s Like Inside A Brothel?

Get Ready For A Tech Revolution called POP

I was born in 1979. I am 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 India … Continue reading Get Ready For A Tech Revolution called POP

The Neverending Ghazal Wave Of India

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; in spite of that pain. But a ghazal has several … Continue reading The Neverending Ghazal Wave Of India

What Does HORN OK PLEASE Mean?

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?

जाति कौनसी है ?

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 ?

Never Touch LOVE PILLS Unless You Really Want To Get High

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

Hot Wheel Of Memories

I loved Hot Wheels as a child. I guess, all the kids 1980s or 1990s had the same feeling. I remember that I used to get one—from mother—each time I passed a school examination. I used to play with them for hours together and still have most of them with me. I was such a passionate car-monger … Continue reading Hot Wheel Of Memories

Rise And Fall Of The Ego-Trip

It was almost 20 days and more than 300 kilometers of walking, begging, enjoying, connecting, getting surprised, experiencing acute compassion and witnessing miracles. We’re quite close to the grand city of Udaipur. We had just taken a nice cold bath in a sanctum. Although that was the first place where we were asked money but later … Continue reading Rise And Fall Of The Ego-Trip

On The Feet Of A Living Legend

Our next stop was scheduled in a school in a sacred town—Siddhpur. This town is an ancient town most famous for performing religious rituals for deceased mother. This doesn’t happen anywhere in India, except here. This town also holds importance to the affluent Bohra Muslim community and also the largest producer of husk in the country. I … Continue reading On The Feet Of A Living Legend

The Case Of The Date-Rape Drug

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

Rape: The Culture, Blame Game, And Silence

Recently, there was a horrible incident of a rape in India. Rape—physical and mental—have 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 am silent. I am don’t … Continue reading Rape: The Culture, Blame Game, And Silence

God Is Not In A Pill

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 of 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 the high … Continue reading God Is Not In A Pill

The 5 MONKEYS AND A LADDER Experiment

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. After … Continue reading The 5 MONKEYS AND A LADDER Experiment

I Invite You To Like My Facebook Page

You all have given me unprecedented support in following my blog but I am getting a little greedy and requesting you to like my Facebook page as well. Your ONE like will be valuable for me. Plus, I promise more interesting content and updates on the page. You can see the link of my page on … Continue reading I Invite You To Like My Facebook Page

HBD Buddha! But When Were You Really Born?

Why are you playing such loud music? We're celebrating our festival? Nice. Please tell me about it. It's our God's birthday. Who is your God? Buddha. But Buddha doesn't believe or preach in a personal God, as per my little knowledge? What? What do you mean by that? Forget it. But what are you celebrating? … Continue reading HBD Buddha! But When Were You Really Born?

Mumbai On Fire

Friends, don’t worry. There’s stressful peace in the Mumbai city. Everything is fine. I am 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 … Continue reading Mumbai On Fire

मुंबई बंद

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

2017: Gratitude To All My Readers And Followers Across The Globe

I am 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 have written a blog post almost every day. I really enjoy writing. It's a beautiful way to … Continue reading 2017: Gratitude To All My Readers And Followers Across The Globe

2017: A Message From Dear Santa!

Christmas is a very special occasion as all our loved ones gather together and enjoy and share very beautiful moments. This way we can enjoy experiences that will 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 … Continue reading 2017: A Message From Dear Santa!

One God, One World

Towards the end of the 21st century, the entire world came to an end. Man killed man destroyed all the lands and tried to be God. No one could make their way to the throne of the almighty, through their foolish ways. There was death all around and the destiny of mankind was unknown. There … Continue reading One God, One World

Now You Know Y!

Shaman was a young, dynamic but confused man in his early 30s. He was an adventurous person, always looking out for variety, so much that he changed his name some years ago; for a change. His only problem was he could not be consistent. That evening he had been waiting for his girlfriend. His room … Continue reading Now You Know Y!

Prisoners Need Reform Not Punishment

Our Father of Nation—Mahatma Gandhi—believed in reform not punishment and with this philosophy, Additional Director General (Prison) Bhushankumar Upadhyay and Jail Superintendent U.T. Pawar organized a workshop in the largest prison of South Asia—Yerwada Central Jail, Pune. When one commits a mistake in life, one has to pay a big cost for it. But it’s … Continue reading Prisoners Need Reform Not Punishment

Are Participants Of Bigg Boss Really Insane?

I am a big fan of Bigg Boss for some years. Not that I am 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 … Continue reading Are Participants Of Bigg Boss Really Insane?

If You Are Looking For That One Act Of Kindness That Will Go Far, Read On!

Kindness is one of the seven virtues. It can be defined as the righteous and caring attitude towards other. But the definition of the kindness does not limit to these two words only. It's a complex term to comprehend yet simplest to realize. Showing kindness towards others gives a feeling of joy and mirth to … Continue reading If You Are Looking For That One Act Of Kindness That Will Go Far, Read On!

Triple Talaq—The Cult Of Instant Divorce In Islam

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 his wife … Continue reading Triple Talaq—The Cult Of Instant Divorce In Islam

Life After Death

Ali was in his late teens, when he lost his father, in a cross-border terrorist combat. His father held an important position in the border security force. He was a brave soldier and had an epitaph in a small cemetery in his hometown, which was a very small village. Every day someone or the other … Continue reading Life After Death

Language No Bar

Bhoomarlal Bhammarlal Johri was the bohemian of the village. He attended school, up to nobody knows what grade, but he was very interested in geography. He wasn't employed anywhere as such but earned some money by doing odd jobs. He was a very talkative person and very popular in his village, but he wasn't famous … Continue reading Language No Bar

Hoodwinked

It’s said that there is no better judge than our own conscience, but some people in this world still try to cheat others. At the end of it, they do not know whether they cheated the other person or cheated themselves. The silence of a person is often taken as his cowardice, but the conscience … Continue reading Hoodwinked

Homeless Again

I am crying. I have been since morning. All night I witnessed my house being demolished and I just stood there a helpless feeble creature. So feeble, my existence did not seem to matter to the destroyers of this world. I could not even save my house. How am I supposed to save the nature? … Continue reading Homeless Again

HIV Positive

College days bring back a lot of memories for one and all. Some make you laugh, some hurt and some are just like treading an emotional line. Irrespective of what they might bring out in you, they’re beautiful. So, when I received the invite for my college alumni meet, I could barely contain my excitement. … Continue reading HIV Positive

Green Revolution

It was a fresh misty morning. I woke up and was going through my post. There was a letter from the Environment Ministry informing me about my promotion and transfer. I had been promoted as the Chief Conservator of Forests and transferred to Manas National Park in the north-eastern province of India. My happiness on … Continue reading Green Revolution

Consolation Prize

Shri was a young boy, born and brought up in the famous north-Indian city of Varanasi. He was a very reserved boy in his early school years. Varanasi is one the most religious cities of India. The holy river the Ganga attracts millions of tourists and worshipers every year. The sight by the riverside is … Continue reading Consolation Prize

Common Man

On a bright Sunday morning, Sunish sat back, reading his favorite comic strip, in The Times of India. The cartoon series YOU SAID IT, by RK Laxman, had won the hearts of the masses—the reason was the character. The common man stood beside each incident in a common man's daily life. In the real democratic world, … Continue reading Common Man

Objects In The Rear View Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

I am a low-impact traveling freak and usually; I love to travel in 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 … Continue reading Objects In The Rear View Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

Chocolate Hero

Lakshya Vedh which means 'On Target' is the motto displayed on the emblem of the Indian Air Force, Squadron No.3 in the north Indian province which operates as a major close air support and reconnaissance unit. The base—called Cobras— is a usual military base except that it has a huge photograph of a young flying officer, Upkar … Continue reading Chocolate Hero

Regressive Topic Of Fairness In A Progressive Time

Every year, I see hundreds of advertisements that sell the idea of fairness. I don't know how fair it is in the 21st century but I surely know that it's a symbol of a regressive society that we're still holding onto. I think it's a dirty communication to the women.  I mean, these advertisements clearly … Continue reading Regressive Topic Of Fairness In A Progressive Time

Beyond: Spirit Of A Woman

It was a bright sunny day. Mrs. Kapoor was leaving for work when the phone rang. Good morning aunt, Maggie here. Oh! Good morning child. Maggie had called to inform her that she is would be coming to the city and staying with her for a couple of days. She was Mrs. Kapoor’s to be daughter-in-law. … Continue reading Beyond: Spirit Of A Woman

First Year Junior College

I scored a distinction in SSC board. 78% was considered a very high percentage in 1995. School life was exciting but I was really very eager to finish school and enter college life. My teachers at school always wanted me to go to a very good college in the city, so I joined one of … Continue reading First Year Junior College

The Will Of A Dying Tree

This photograph by an alert citizen—Abhay Azad—is haunting me. As soon as I saw this photograph, I rushed to the venue to meet this tree. My parents left us without any will and I know how difficult the life ahead is without a will. The photograph of this half-cut tree has many meanings for me—vulgar … Continue reading The Will Of A Dying Tree

Bombay Vs. Mumbai

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, … Continue reading Bombay Vs. Mumbai

Moments At The Hotel Taj Mahal Palace

I was born in a lower-middle-class family who settled in Mumbai; after the partition of united India. Belonging to this social class has always been a blend of boon and curse for me. There was always anxiety, excitement, awe, fear, and so many emotions; especially in my early years. There were dreams, aspirations, etc. and one … Continue reading Moments At The Hotel Taj Mahal Palace

God Is Watching Us—From A Distance

I experienced a moment of enlightenment while listening to one song of artist Bette Milder. I have heard it 100 times before but never realized that it has such a beautiful meaning. And it's so much relevant in today's time. We break traffic rules, litter, tell lies, speak ill about others, contribute to corruption, destroy the … Continue reading God Is Watching Us—From A Distance

First Class Loneliness

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 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 … Continue reading First Class Loneliness

Science And Psychology Of Color

What is color? Color is the aspect of things that is caused by differing qualities of light being reflected or emitted by them. To see color, you have 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 … Continue reading Science And Psychology Of Color