A raincoat for Mumbai

Nothing cripples life in Mumbai more than its much-celebrated monsoon rains. The classic rain song in the film Shree 420 may look romantic in the cozy comfort of our drawing rooms, and every budding poet may hark instinctively to the sounds and sight of falling raindrops, but try traveling in public or private transport and you are sure to experience the unforgiving, harsher side of reality. July 26, 2005 came as nature’s wakeup call for the city. Quite unlike the beam of morning sunlight lazily touching sleepy faces, it was a “water bomb,” a massive downpour of rainfall for most of the day that left behind a trail of death and huge losses of personal property. What follows are a few personal observations from that fateful day and how the city has fared since. It was chaos and mayhem everywhere in the eastern suburb of Santacruz (Kalina), one of the worst-affected areas of this historic rainy day. As the water level on...
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Readymade life

The biggest challenge a young man faces is getting a job, or a good job. With some determination, luck and connections, this hurdle finally comes to pass, and then one is on to marriage and a settled life. The tradition of living through life is grand and universal. A true life can however be lived differently, on one’s own making. Things can be easy when everything is set and readymade: a good professional degree within one’s reach paves the way for a job and the rest of life follows suit. Life can be set for you; all it takes is some effort to get it all done. The competition to reach the top can be a real challenge — no doubt one is lucky if a good career is within easy reach or the opportunities exist. The real life would, however begin now for everyone — the challenge to carve a unique identity of one’s own. Every one of us is a...
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Camera phone pics

Offshoots with radiance One and End meeton the board The thumb rules Opinions and opium defined Full of life Red life Self reflections The thumb still rules On a random survey Abstract fingers A serene evening The mad tea party My personal online photo gallery. View the flash album to view all of them — will keep adding to the album. Some random shots taken from a mobile camera phone: Glimmers of hope Night life engulfs a walker To please is to survive? View Flash album Phone: Motorola L5 with VGA camera ...
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Publish your stories and articles!

Hi! 21c Stories will be happy to publish your writings — stories, articles, essays, poems, or just random thoughts. It can be a platform for your voice to be heard as well. You would retain all rights to your work — only give me permission to publish the work here. To publish, leave a comment on any of my blog entries and I will revert. Thanks. ...
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City life

A raincoat for MumbaiNothing cripples life in Mumbai more than its much-celebrated monsoon rains. Charity in disguiseThe leader, a female with rather menacing features, grunted out some instructions, and off they went, all seven of them, crossing the road, swaying their big asses ...
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Stray thoughts

Readymade LifeThe task of living one’s own life is one’s own personal responsibility. Happiness is a side effectNo one appears to have ever felt ‘hungry’ for happiness, felt an ‘urge’ to be happy… Living as individualsModernity and being educated is all about being an individual, knowing and seeing oneself for what one truly is The us v/s USThe world loves and hates America. Some would like to go and settle there. Others would like to see it destroyed ...
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