Monthly Archives: January 2014

Hello, world, says Aurangabad’s first international film festival

Witnessing a birth is always inspiring. Yesterday, the Aurangabad International Film Festival was launched, ready to showcase 16 films from across the globe over four days. I was at the festival’s inauguration, and saw its proud parents eagerly showing off … Continue reading

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The uncomfortable presence of a farmer in a city

It was a few minutes before 9 am, and I loitered outside the local kirana (grocery), waiting for it to open. At that hour, when the world was just about getting going in a small town like Aurangabad, a couple … Continue reading

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Belonging, the old way

I visited the “other” Aurangabad today. No high-rises, no closed doors, no pretensions. In this older Aurangabad, single storey row houses stood erect on the banks of narrow lanes that cut through the neighborhood. No cars could pass through, only … Continue reading

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Old world socials

Dusk falls. Children play in the dusty roads, chasing cricket balls. In the near distance, women, in pairs and trios, stroll towards us, snatches of their chatter and laughter reaching us through the air. I turn to smile at my … Continue reading

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Am I not part of the family?

“Am I not part of the family?” My maid asked, indignantly. I looked up from my iPad, startled. “I’m sorry?” “Am I not part of the family?” She repeated, uttering each word more forcefully. “That family in the other flat … Continue reading

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The dangers of grocery shopping

Grocery shopping can be hazardous to your health. It’s true. That’s because every grocery store has a danger zone that must be passed through by every shopper. It’s called the cash counter. Innocuous-sounding, it is anything but that. Decorated with … Continue reading

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Give up on weight loss

This year, I will lose weight. Definitely. This resolution, or some variation of it, is the most popular around the world every new year. It would also be a fair guess that, for many folks, it is a repeat. That … Continue reading

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