I had been in a hospital for treatment of my father. I stayed there for a long time and it almost felt like I work there. The emotions were a blend of many unseen emotions that I never thought I had hidden in me. Everything was going good, till the time I felt itching in … Continue reading A Close Shave!
I was leaving for work when I heard someone wished me. कैसे हो सर ? An exciting voice made my day. At least, I thought so. They all were in a holiday mood. I asked them if they want to go to my destination. None was ready to go. I asked all of them one-by-one … Continue reading The NO Gang!
I see this man regularly in our locality and today I couldn’t resist talking to him. His Bermuda and smile always fascinate me. I think there is a strong transmission that connects us or maybe it’s some contrast. Buddhiram Saroj comes from a small town in northern part of India. The northern part is quite … Continue reading The Teatotaler
I met these young boys in my locality. I am lucky to have them as my neighbor—we stay in the same housing society. Meet Yash Shirke and Aditya Pandey—the dudes. Both of them are hard-core football fans. They learn the game through a club in Mumbai and are doing really good in the game. Lately, Yash won a … Continue reading Young Footballers Of India
I met this man some days ago while hunting a fresh story. At first glance itself, Manchala Singh won my heart. He hails from north India, and is on a journey in the city of dreams; since, no one knows—not even him! He roams on his cycle and talks less. However, I was able to communicate … Continue reading Urban Nomad
You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination. This is what Khushboo Yadav and Gulafsha Shaikh believe. Here are two young ladies who are making a change. Both have studied in a community-learning center in Mumbai and now they teach in such community-learning center. Coming from a … Continue reading Girl Power
Finally, I spotted one near my home. They started their magic and I couldn't resist capturing this nostalgic moment—almost like a rat who came running to Pied Piper of Hamelin. The band was playing some really awesome music when I approached them. It was a perfect example of teamwork and harmony. Inherited from the old … Continue reading The Red Band
चलो, चलो चलो, सवारी १० रुपये | He was shouting at the top of his voice. I also wanted to ride to my destination in north Gujarat. I fought like a child—although I am still one—and took the front seat in his Jeep. He put his favorite USB drive full of regional songs. I was … Continue reading Salman, Jeep, Driver and Gossip
Where to throw the paper plate? Sir, please give it to me. VT Swamy and I started taking out his plastic bag to collect leftover plates. He’s one of those cleanliness loving heroes who are hard to find in India. The ones who really care to change themselves and their situation around. I took this photograph and … Continue reading Clean India Hero
I had visited a tribal school near my city lately. The visit was to support this marginalized and neglected community for digital literacy. I and few friends collected old laptops and we shared in few schools in Karjat district—2 hours from Mumbai. Our coordinator introduced us to Arjun Sakpal from a nearby village. He’s the man … Continue reading Rural India’s Digital Leader
The famous quote by Buddha means a lot to me and is the fundamental principle of my life. And, I don't just go by philosophy, I actually research on it and make my conclusions. So, I did an experiment for one year with a group of people from my housing society here in Mumbai. The … Continue reading Don’t Judge Unless You’re Perfect: Part I
I believe in miracles and hence, they keep coming to me. It came yet again. I had been bargaining with this auto rickshaw driver who asked for an exorbitant rate for a short distance. Somehow, we cracked a deal. After a while, I realized that I had forgotten a bag but was not sure where. … Continue reading Miracles Happen—Every day
You speak beautiful Gujarati. Are you Indian? No, I was born in Zimbabwe, raised in England but my ancestors were Indian. Oh, I see. Your parents must have migrated. No, my great grandparents did some 300 years ago. OMG! I met Bharat Ranchod in the train while going on a trip and was so impressed … Continue reading Indo-Zimbabwean Britisher
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
I met an elderly lady who was continuously watching me eating breakfast. I was looking at her too, she had green eyes. She looked like a Greek Goddess born in the remotest village of Maharashtra, India. Maharashtra meaning The Great Land, is witnessing an adverse drought situation. The farmers are dying of poverty, hunger, and … Continue reading Lessons In Generosity