Adulthood

“Adulting” gets a bad rap. And it’s not hard to understand why. Gone are the days of all-night parties and weekday binge drinking, because you know…you’re supposed to be a responsible, fully functioning member of society, who can’t be seen nursing a nasty hangover in office on a Wednesday morning. Gone are the days of […]

Teenagers: Misunderstood or Dumbasses?

“I’m not afraid to die.” The proclamation was met with a somewhat apathetic gaze and the rather comforting sound of chicken being masticated. You see, coming from some hardened veteran of war or a tough captain of the people, such a declaration wouldn’t have drawn so lukewarm a reaction. People would have cheered, clapped, agreed, […]

Brotherhood

AKA Bhai-chara AKA Bromance AKA The ability to use the word ‘Bhai’ in a sentence four times with completely different connotation for each utterance. Also Refer: “Bhai, woh Bhai ko dekh rahi thi to Bhai bola ‘Bhaaaai, sahi hai!’” Ah, the sacred bond between men, spanning an entire gamut of intensities from being just Bro-mhacharis […]

2 am – 5 am

With all the turmoil on votes and notes on local and global levels, this could very well have been a politically inspired piece. A charged-up gunpowder piece of writing filled with pithy one-liners and relevant socio-economic commentary. But it isn’t. Because finally having sat my ass down to write this, I’m torn between regret at […]

A Tale of Two Cities IV: Romance

My gentle readers must pardon the rather risque title, because this edition of the digital diarrhoea I call my blog has nothing to do with romance. Well, at least not in the conventional, mouldy sense our culture associates with it. There’ll be no material that’ll make disapproving aunts go “Aga baai kaay he!!”, and no […]

Running Distances

“Don’t ask me why I run, ask yourself why you don’t” – Anonymous “Ye Phadke saala bahut bhaagta hai” – Many People Human beings were, at the risk of quoting Bruce Springsteen, born to run. The survival of our species through the ages, from Homo Habilis to Homo Phobics can be traced back to our […]

A Tale of Two Cities III: Partying

Mumbai: “Dude, let’s hit up Irish House, Hoppi and one of the Socials…and then we can finish up at XO or Liv! This night’s gonna be crazy, man!” Pune: “Break out the Bakarwadis and Basundi baby, cuz it’s gonna get nuts here! Then we’ll go hang at Z bridge, and everyone’s back home by 11 […]

A Tale of Two Cities II: Going Places

If you’ve ever sung along drunkenly to “Bohemian Rhapsody” (guitars, piano, choruses…the works), you’ll know the man who spawned this iconic pose. Hell, even if you’ve heard the song that begins “Boom Boom Clap, Boom Boom Clap” (“We will, we will rock you”, for the uninitiated), you know I’m talking about the fabulous Farrokh Bulsara. […]

A Tale of Two Cities I

“So you’re a Mumbaikar, eh?” “Yep, born and raised. Best city in the world, no?” “Actually, I prefer Pune…” ***Cue Mortal Kombat soundtrack*** Most, if not all, of my conversations in Mumbai have started (and ended) in the aforementioned fashion. And more often than not, instead of precipitating some light banter, the conversation has mutated […]

The Genius of Pu La

It is no secret to those who know me somewhat well, that Marathi language and literature is close to my heart. The sheer character of the language, coupled with its ability to lend itself to a wide variety of articulation ranging from the sweetest terms of endearment to the most ridiculous extent of raucousness, got […]