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The Funny Side of Familiarity: Why we love our ‘area’!

“Somehow the milk here seems to have too much water” said Swami’s mother, while serving us tea. Having spent most of her life in Mumbai, she had come over to my Swami’s place in Bangalore for a few days. Her identity, for all practical...

Maid for Each Other: The Secret Sauce of Marital Harmony

“I washed the dishes today” Swami proudly proclaimed, when Jigneshbhai and I visited them. For a change, we had met today at Swami’s house today for our coffee. The purported reason for that being that Swami had lots of work at home so he can’t...

Not an Ordinary Joint Family: The European Union and the Crux of its Problems

“भैया ये दीवार टूटती क्यों नही?” said one brother to the other in the Indian joint family from the famous Ambuja Cement ad. And then the voiceover replies, “टूटेगी कैसे? ये अम्बुजा सीमेंट से बनी है.” I had heard that this ad was popular with...

God no.1: Celebrating Ganesha Festival in Mumbai and Bangalore

The festival of Gowri-Ganesha in Bangalore has quite a few differences from the festival of Ganpati in Mumbai. In Bangalore, it is a private festival while in Mumbai it is a public festival. Almost everyone in Bangalore gets a ‘मूर्ति’ at home. While in...

The End of Magic: Tribute to the Last of Harry Potter

Avada Kedavra said Voldemort for the last time yesterday, and in the final battle, when the curse rebounded, it signified the last victory of Harry over his evil bete noire. The audience applauded heartily for the final time, and as my son and I left the cinema hall,...