Category Archives: Mumbai / Bombay

Rule Britannia

Britannia in Ballard Estate is first known for its berry pulao and then for its eccentric owners. Proof of their dottiness is on the walls of the restaurant, which are hung with admonitions such as ‘Please do not argue with … Continue reading

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The curious case of Priti Chandriani

Mumbai Mirror’s front page story on June 22 nearly upstaged the lead story about the fire in Mantralaya. While Priti Chandriani – the papers have misspelt her name as Preeti Chandrayani – a 53-year-old documentary filmmaker and resident of Worli, … Continue reading

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Rage machines

Last Sunday, Mayur Aggarwal, a 25-year-old businessman, rammed his Swift three times into Amit Valinjkar’s Honda City. It was, apparently, a case of road rage. Valinjkar was with his wife, two-year-old son and parents. Aggarwal was with his father and … Continue reading

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Apla Frederick

This is a rather dated post. Nevertheless…A curious and pleasantly eccentric event occurred on March 3. Members of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena marked the hundred and eleventh death anniversary of Frederick William Stevens, the architect of the Victoria Terminus. (Now … Continue reading

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Choo mantar

Jimmy Choo is going to be in town tomorrow (March 24). Not to open a new outlet, but, oddly enough, to address school children. Now Choo has led a life that makes a fairly inspiring story. Born in Malaysia, he … Continue reading

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Head start

I attended the inauguration of a traveling photography exhibition at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum yesterday. ‘Something that I’ll never really see’ is a set of 40 images from the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. … Continue reading

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Rohinton Mistry’s (part) statement

Rohinton Mistry finally responded to the withdrawal of Such a Long Journey from the SYBA syllabus with this statement. It was read out by Anand Patwardhan at a protest meeting at the Press Club on October 18. “The Shiv Sena’s … Continue reading

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Head hunting

Yesterday, the Bombay edition of Hindustan Times ran a story on how deserted the Sessions Court was on Monday, the day the opposition called for a bandh to oppose the rise of prices of commodities. Some theatre-loving sub-editor, who either … Continue reading

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See See TV

On June 24, Mumbai Mirror reported that Bandra Bandstand’s ALM had installed a CCTV camera on a building facing the seafront. The idea was to monitor unpleasant activities such as theft and indecent behaviour. Like most seafronts in the city, … Continue reading

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Mind your p’s and q’s

There are many reasons not to visit T.G.I. Friday’s. The kitschy, cheesier-than-fondue interiors. The faux cowboy outfits the waiters have to wear. The flavourless food, most of which is crumb-fried. What seals its case, is the misplaced apostrophe. If you’re … Continue reading

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