Residences of Lutyens Delhi

For the last six months, my daily commute has been from Noida to Gurgaon and back for work. In the initial month, I tried all various route options to reduce time or atleast keep moving instead of being stranded on traffic-jammed road. I finally decided on a route that goes via Lutyens Delhi for a…

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Rang de Basanti

"If winter comes, can Spring be far behind?" That's so true ... Albeit with a barely there winter season, Basant Panchami seems to be early this year. This day officially marks the beginning of a brief spring season in India. Basant Panchami has special significance for people of BHU, the day celebrates the anniversary of…

26 January

With a 50 km commute from home to office (give or take 2-3 kms depending on the route), it's a usual practice for me to check Google maps to decide the route. This morning, as usual I checked the map and it showed massive jam on DND towards Delhi and the alternative route via Mayur…

Lesson on what not to do

Airlines industry needs a regulator. Period. A regulator beyond air safety and training guidelines. A regulator which protects the rights of customers. While over the years, I have experienced inefficiencies by most of the airlines on not-so-vip sectors, I feel that the taken-for-granted attitude of airlines is increasing day by day. One such instance -…

Poppa to sisters. ..

When your Mamaji is more than half a century older to you, there aren't many conversations or events that one remembers. The memories are of short fleeting visits when he came to meet my Grandmother or of few family functions that I was part of. I do remember him attending my sister's mundan ceremony and…

To a Happier 2017

2016 was a roller-coaster ride. Professionally and personally. It was a year of saying goodbyes to childhood home and adult working home. It was a year of moving into our own house, moving in with parents after 15 years. It was a year of completing 15 years of professional life. It was a year of…

To year 2016

As the sun sets on the last day of the year, and the newspapers and TV shows remind us of the events around the year, I cannot help reminiscing about the year as the calendar changes. For a large part, the year 2016 was no different from other years gone by. There were natural and…

Morning Ragas

Sundays are laid back, with an agenda of reading newspapers, finishing house chores and relaxing with a good film or a book. And Monday blues usually sets in as the day progresses. Rarely, there is an announcement of a music concert for a Sunday morning and even rarer for me to be able to catch…

Cashing onto Gold!

So the Finance Minister at a function last week commented that with the kind of population India has there are bound to be queues. And I have been patiently waiting for the chaos and queues to get shorter at the banks before venturing to deposit and exchange my savings in Rs 1000 and 500 notes. Each day…

Adieu

In the last few months I have had to say Goodbye to two homes I have ever lived in my life time.  One was a home I was brought to after I was born, my parents got that official accommodation from Banaras Hindu University just a few months before I was born. That's the garden…

VIPism

One or the other channels on television always show the Richard Attenborough's iconic film Gandhi on 2nd October. Every time I watch the film, I discover a new nuance - sometimes a quote, other times cinematography in the scene of a film or a new story. There is a scene at the railway station at…

Freedom @ 70

It is that time of the year when every second car has a tricolour fluttering; social media sports either people dressed up in tricolour or changing their display pic to flag pnemonics. It is the time when websites, newspapers rehash the old pics, list of patriotic songs and obviously Nehru's speech of "tryst with destiny".…