Archive for July, 2007

Is The D-Day for Mr. Dutt Finally Here? Yes, I Hope So.

Okay, now before you get the wrong impression – it’s not that I have some personal vendetta against actor Sanjay Dutt and so what if I get teased (a lot) as his long-distance twin. What truly bothers me here is the lengthy time-line taken by our judiciary system, to come to a decision. But then again this isn’t just a one off trail; the same “delay” continues to be smacked upon tons and tons of cases nation-wide.

Hopefully July 31st would put an end to the ever-going Sanjay Dutt Trail – either the man’s probation plea gets rejected or he is allowed to walk off with freedom for good.

Judge Kode had earlier declared that Dutt was not a terrorist but had found him guilty under the Arms Act for illegal possession of an AK-47 and other weapons. If the actor’s probation plea for suspension of sentence (on grounds of good conduct) is tossed out, then he could be sent behind bars for a maximum term of five years.

And if one takes into account Judge Kode tough stance, he has sentenced as many as 11 convicts to death; the above scenario seems to be the most likely outcome. Plus sitting behind Yakub Menon in the TADA court while he was handed with “death sentence” must have surely done some damage to Dutt’s moral.

Personally speaking, I think Sanjay Dutt’s probation plea should be rejected. Since he has been convicted under the Arms Act, he needs to be suitably punished for it. As they say – You do the Crime, You do the Time. Obviously the sentencing should take into account his 18 months already served in prison, I guess a slightly lenient term of a year sounds more appropriate.

On the other hand, if Dutt is set free, this decision may not go down well with the certain sections of the society and many others prosecuted under the 1993 blasts case.

Now whether his blue striped shirt and denim pants would help clean out the voodoo off him (and Bollywood), well only time will tell – me just praying for an end, once and for all.

Ghe-oon Taak!

The Delhi-ities sneer at us when they hear us, the Lucknowites turn their nose up (also shut their ears tight), and practically the entire north ridicule us for s%&**ing the Hindi bhaasha. No matter what the country thinks we Mumbaikars love our Tapori Bhaasha. It is like the tadka to dal, giving that special flavor to the matter spoken about. The Tapori style of speaking Hindi is a mixture of many languages spoken by people in Mumbai. It has words adapted mainly from Marathi, and some from Kannada and Tamil. It also has a few Hindi words spoken by people of Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh due to heavy migration of these people to Mumbai city.
For those who are not familiar with the language here is are some basics to start with:

The face of Mumbai

Meet Rakesh Mishra.


Love is in the air


Couples get cosy during a spell of rain at Bandra Bandstand yesterday

Picture courtesy Mid-day

Munna & Bapu in Amrica


Yes the infamous Munna bhai’s gandhigiri has its charm working for the Indians in America too. In a protest against the last minute reversal in policy that would delay the permanent residency Indian green card seekers sent hundreds of flowers to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Emilio Gonzalez in a three-day campaign that started on Tuesday

Inspired by the hit Hindi movie Lage Raho Munnabhai that extolled Gandhian ways of non-violent protest, the green card applicants sent around a thousand flower deliveries to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Emilio Gonzalez in a three-day campaign that started on Tuesday.
On its part, the USCIS response was equally pacific. It plans to forward the flowers to Walter Reed Army Medical Centre and Bethesda Naval Hospital in Washington, the main facilities treating US soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Gonzales in a statement on the agency website.

Read More here

Who says that Bollywood movies are all about signing songs and dancing in the rain..

A Year Since the Mumbai Blasts

It was exactly a year ago today that bomb blasts rattled the local trains of Mumbai.

All it took was

11 minutes,


7 blasts,

and left

186 dead.

in the aftermath.

Stop for a moment and think about that day. Make our city safer for everyone’s benefit.

Crazy K9 Camper’s Monsoon Special Pet Camp


Crazy K9 Campers” has organized Monsoon special Pet Camp on 14th & 15th July 07. The camp will be held at YMCA Camp, Nilshi, Lonavla. This place is exceptionally beautiful during monsoons, as it is surrounded by Andhra lake from 3 sides. This will be mainly an outdoor camp with lots of trekking and outdoor activities. I am sure all k9s will love the rains.

Camp Charges

Per Person: Rs. 1200/-
(Includes accommodation and food from Saturday morning to
Sunday afternoon)

Per Dog: Rs. 500/-
(Dog’s food will be provided by us)

Any Driver/ helper – Rs. 500/- (includes meal charges)

for further details contact Pooja Sathe on 98205 96903 or e-mail

And Juhu Nearly Drowned…Once Again.

While the weather condition did not get as worse as it had back on July 25th 2005, Mumbai city did however come to a stand-still. And just like the last time, Juhu ended up being one of the most affected areas in the city.

Took these snaps late early Saturday evening while on my way to the airport in Santacruz to drop off my brother. And believe me, what you see here is the just the tip of the iceberg. Wonder what’s July going to be like!


Make Money from Garbage

If the BMC’s new proposal sees light of day, you will be able to generate cash from all the trash.

01-01.jpgTipster Thaslim Arif informs us

According to the proposal, prepared by standing committee chairman Ravindra Waikar, the BMC will not only come to your doorstep to collect garbage but will pay you 25 paise per kilo for it. All this to try and stop you from dumping the waste carelessly and thus dirtying the city.

One family in Mumbai generates, on an average, 1.5 kg of waste every day, so the BMC hopes the incentive of money, no matter how small the amount, will make Mumbaikars rethink about their civic habits.[link]

We already have something on the same lines in place already. Ragpickers do get some money for all the garbage they pick up. This scheme somehow institutionalizes the same. Good move BMC

Rains Drown City

If you wondered why you didnt hear anything from us….this is why.


The city was hit by massive downpoours starting friday afternoon all the way to saturday evening.

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