Thursday, 6 October 2011

And There Shall Be Light

It is the end of the road and I get down from my car. A cool gentle wind envelopes me and with it, brings the smell of the fishes and the indication that the sea is nearby.

Coconut trees gently sway and ahead of me is a small bridge, wide enough for a scooter to get by. Beyond it are the Sayhadri hills. Towards my left is a four storey building, looking slightly neglected as the paint is peeling off.

A woman wearing a salwar kameez waits for us to disembark and walk towards her. With a smile she welcomes us and informs, “It’s on the fourth floor.” For more, hop over to my new blog here.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

What Happens at Work

goes on this blog.

Our crew: Doing a serious economic news story
Location: A Posh Delhi Neighbourhood
Time: Evening
Main Characters: Lady on an evening walk (L), Colleague (C)

Situation: L after taking 4 rounds of the walking track and bursting with curiosity

L (knocks on door of OB van): Aaj tak ho?
L (cheerfully asks): Kiska murder hua hai?
C: !!

Crew (thinking): Wish we could die in chullu bhar paani

The pitfalls of working in the media industry :|

Meanwhile, please go and read my other blog here

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Why Delhi Needs A Slut Walk arthart Besharmi Morcha

The first time I came to know that Delhi was planning to host a Slut Walk, I was sitting comfortably on a couch in a London home, browsing online and reading about Slut Walks being held across the ‘Western’ world. And then I read the name of my city in that list. I thought I had read it wrong, so I re-read it, shaking my head in disbelief.

To read more, click here.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Monday, 21 March 2011

Wise Words From a Five Year Old

This is a conversation I had with my 5 year old nephew (henceforth called S) yesterday while putting him to bed

S: Mausi, you go to the office everyday

Me: yes

S: And you went to school earlier?

Me: yes

S: So you didn’t go to college?

Me: Sweetheart I went to college as well.

S: So you went to school and college and now you go to office?

Me: Yes

S: So why didn't you get married?

Me (laughing): I am trying to find a nice guy

S (very serious tone): Office ko maro goli, ladka dhoondo

Me: !?

Saturday, 19 March 2011

The Power of Social Media: Part Deux

Andy Warhol you didn’t know how epiphanous it was, what you said all those years ago that everyone would get their fifteen minutes of fame.

People and events get you tubed, blogged, tweeted, facebooked, RSSed, liked, disliked. This massive web of interconnectedness swallows and throws up information which can’t be controlled. The internet throws up heroes and anti-heroes more often than you or I change our shirts.

When Alexandra Wallace (refer to my previous post) decided to rant about Asians in the UCLA library, I am sure, she had no idea what she was getting into. And now, hundreds of you tube responses later, after becoming the trending topic of twitter, blogs and main stream American media websites, she has decided to leave UCLA, stating she is scared of the death threats she has received. I am actually feeling a bit sorry for the girl!

Meanwhile let's just listen to this song by Rebecca Black which went viral. Apparently Simon Cowell is impressed by her :D

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

The Power of Social Media: You Tube-ers Respond to Alexandra Wallace's Rant

A stereotypical white, blonde UCLA student went off on a (racist?) rant about Asians in the Library. This video went viral on you tube.

The interesting thing about social media and you tube is the immediate response. I am putting up some of the best ones here:

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My favourite:

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