Bandra’s Best

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Bandra is the queen of Mumbai’s suburbs, one of Time Out’s 50 coolest neighborhoods in the World. This is where the stereotypical Indian contrasts meet at its extremes: the opulent and the decaying, the migrant and the nouveau riche, the hip and the traditional; they stand out more starkly than […]

How to spend a slow morning in Bandra

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Mumbai forms an intrinsic backdrop to most of my books and stories. I describe in extensive detail what I love about this city, which is pretty much everything; the diversity, the unique local mannerisms, the effortlessly hip crowd, the mish-mash tiny houses, the exasperating heat, the torrential rains, the typical […]

Misfits

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I left him. If you ask me why I couldn’t tell you. It was not one thing, it was many. Perhaps, in the end, it was the question of what I loved about him, and I couldn’t say anymore. We’d been together long enough for me to have forgotten. So, […]

Bitter

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Gouri mashi moved in with my parents after her husband died. Her husband’s wealth had funded our family for years; she had no children, and she said she was lonely and would like my parents’ company in her old age. In any case, I was getting married and moving away, so […]

Paper Cut

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It was during the early monsoons that Little Pinky realized her family was in trouble. It started with noting her father’s transformation into an anxious, irritable insomniac. Since the end of summer, he’d started working longer hours, and came home piss-drunk at night. He looked terribly haggard too, his sparse […]