Archive for June, 2008

36 Hours in Mumbai

The NYTimes has a long running feature called “36 Hours In….” where they feature different cities every week.

This week its our very own Mumbai

IT’S the Jazz Age again in Mumbai. The populous metropolis is bursting with stock-market money, a shimmering art scene has a growing global presence, and young people are exploiting their newfound freedoms in dim bars until the wee hours. Indeed, in the city’s more rarefied circles, Champagne is sipped every night and everyone knows everyone, darling. But large swaths of Mumbai, the former Bombay, remain immune to the homogeneity of global glamour.


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First Rain

On the first week of June, Mumbai welcomed the monsoon of 2008. I watched it arrive, alone…which is probably the best way, with the rain.

The skies heralded the season of water.


And then I watched the drops paint the sidewalk a shiny, sheeny gloss of life. (more…)

MTV’s very own Bakra

Yes our GenX channel MTV did get a taste of their own medicine this Monday. The protest by some Sikhs was against a poster for the On The Job show, which allegedly portrayed a member of their community in an offensive manner.

MTV was promoting the show with the tagline ‘Jobs your parents won’t understand,’ which showed a girl from their community working as a masseur and her father suddenly discovering her new profession.

Ironically, a masseur is not among the careers profiled by the channel on the show.

The protestors managed to trash the office and destroy 3 plazma tvs, each approximately costa 65000/- rupees

10 ways to enjoy this monsoon in Mumbai


Its raining cats and dogs and yes its all mucky and wet. But trust me there are a zillion things which you can enjoy this monsoon.

So mumbaikars here are a few things you can enjoy during the rains:

Set the alarm one hour earlier than usual. When it rings, slam it shut and go back to sleep. While this feels terrific most times of the year, it works best in the monsoon when the weather outside is cold, wet and windy. An hour later, if the rain is still coming down in sheets, don’t bother getting out of bed. The tracks and roads will be flooded anyway. It will take you about four hours to get to work and four to get back.

If the weather does hold up, wear bermudas to work. Or 3/4th pants. Or capris

If the trains aren’t working in the evening, don’t hang around on the platform. Take a long, slow walk on Marine Drive. Or Worli Seaface. Or Bandra Bandstand. Stop for a bhutta on the way. Rub a wedge of lime on it and sink your teeth in. Namak and mirchi optional. 9

If you take public transport, carry a Walkman/ipod/mp3. If you drive, stock up on your favourite music. Traffic really crawls in the monsoon and it’s a great time to catch up on music. We also have the various FM station where RJs yap on to the wee hours.

Instead of partying in the evenings get home and curl up with a book, a movie or a TV soap.

Fix yourself some onion bhajias and adrak chai. Or even better if you can drag your self to nearest tapri.

Make at least one trip to the Sea Lounge at the Taj. Watch the rain fall softly on the bobbing boats, the heaving sea and the distant hills of Uran.

Drive to Khandala. Stop for chai and batata vadas at Diwadkar’s before you climb the ghats and idli and filter coffee at Kamat’s after you touch Khandala.

Drive to Matheran. The fun part is when you park your car and begin walking the red earth in pouring rain.

Look outside your window. The rains are lovely when you’re indoors.

Rain Rain Come Again

Is this over-reacting or being prudent?

In a detailed travel advisory Monday to Americans visiting the city during the ongoing monsoons, the consulate said that there is heavy possibility of flooding, especially on 13 days.

The dates, which the Americans are supposed to watch out for and exercise extreme caution, are July 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 when the high tides could throw up waves upto 4.84 metres high; Aug 1, 2, 3, 4, 30, 31, when the high tide waves could cross 4.80 metres; and Sep 1, when the waves could measure 4.58 metres.

Timings of the high tides and water levels have been given for each day and Americans have been advised to check local weather reports for updates.

The consulate pointed out that during monsoons, there is the possibility of flooding and heavy rain accompanied by wind could have the same intensity as a tropical storm. It pointed out that the rain had led to loss of lives in July 2005.

Maybe they should deploy more staff to sort out visa backlogs instead of such studies.

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