Delhi Moments | Machine Ka Thanda Paani

With the onset of summer, the unkind sun is upon us again. Respite from the blistering heat for people on the Delhi streets come in the form of banta soda, shikanji, sherbets, and, of course, water. As I walked through CP, I looked out for the ‘machine ka thanda pani’ stalls, almost in vain. Just as I was about to give in to the temptations … Continue reading Delhi Moments | Machine Ka Thanda Paani

Jakarta Moments | Banyak Machet

The traffic in the Indonesian capital is epic. Traffic jams are an everyday cross to be borne by commuters. But what really amazes an Indian is just how patiently this cross is borne. Jakarta’s traffic snarls are accompanied by the eeriest of silences. There is no tooting of horns. No acts of random violence. Instead of abusing in frustration, as is the norm in New Delhi, … Continue reading Jakarta Moments | Banyak Machet

Delhi Moments | Amrakh Winters

Childhood winters in Delhi were about unlimited sourness. Mothers basking in the sun, sitting on the charpai, popping moongfallis (peanuts), knitting sweaters, binging on the latest neighborhood gossip and we kids playing pitthoo and pakdam pakdai, popping ber, amrakh and kacchi imli. I don’t know if Lodhi Colony is still the same. Do the households still have charpais, or have they shifted to savvy beds … Continue reading Delhi Moments | Amrakh Winters

Calcutta Moments | The ‘Pujo Pujo’ Feel

“You can take the craze of Diwali in Delhi, Christmas in London, Summer Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Valentine’s day in Paris and then add it to the month long madness of Olympic Games or the World Cup and cram all that into a span of 5 days and you still wouldn’t know what you are missing if you haven’t been in Kolkata during Durga … Continue reading Calcutta Moments | The ‘Pujo Pujo’ Feel

Delhi Moments | Everyday Nirbhaya Thoughts

16th December, 2012 – Nirbhaya Gang Rape The case which shook the entire nation has finally come to a conclusion after a five-year-long ordeal.  The Supreme Court has confirmed death for four convicts in Nirbhaya gang-rape case in Delhi. Nirbhaya gang rape case was so brutal and heinous that it changed the entire way us Indians used to look at sex crimes. It was one … Continue reading Delhi Moments | Everyday Nirbhaya Thoughts

Delhi Moments | People Watching In The Delhi Metro

I miss the Delhi metro and here is a post which pretty much sums up what I used to see everyday. Once the metro doors have shut behind you it’s interesting to indulge in doing some people-watching! 1. The starers- Their eyes follow you. Classify them thus: the one who wants your seat, the lecher, the girl checking out your outfit, the classmate from school … Continue reading Delhi Moments | People Watching In The Delhi Metro