Friday photo: Monsoon

The rains are here, most eagerly awaited and longed for through the scorching summer months. All of India now begins to slowly shed the dry, brown skin and adopt a layer of lush green. To me, the monsoon months mean the smell of wet earth, cool breeze, endless cups of tea and a general sense…

Friday photo: dabba

I once followed a group of dabbawalas all over the city, from Goregaon to Churchgate for two days – for a story. One of the images from then… *** My piece on the dabbawalas: Clockwork couriers Also see: Friday photo series

Friday photo: Bioscope

This Friday, a peek into the past… This is one of the few images I got from this year’s Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – being there was a bit like being at Dadar station, waiting to get into the local at 8.30 am. The unending waves of crowds took me back to my early years…

Friday photo: Juhu Chowpatty

At Juhu Chowpatty, one rainy evening many years ago… Read Babban’s story here… Also see: Friday photo series

Iftar fasting and feasting

As the sun sets on Mumbai and the muezzin’s call for the evening prayer rings out, signifying the end of the day’s fast, the party begins at Mohammed Ali Road. During the Ramadan, for both residents and visitors, all roads lead to this part of South Mumbai. Quiet throughout year, the entire length of the…

A morning at Dhobi Ghat

“Dhobi Ghat is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mumbai,” say several websites I look into. Really? Ok, so I did land up there one morning, camera in hand, so I realize I have no right to be snarky but “tourist attraction?” There was even this major makeover proposed a couple of years…

Clockwork couriers

It is 8.30 am and I am almost running, trying to keep pace with dabbawalla Kiran Gawande as he purposefully navigates, on foot, the narrow lanes of central Mumbai’s Lower Parel area. He has already been up and about for two hours, and has travelled by train from the distant northern suburb of Goregaon. For…

In praise of the Gujarati thali

Published in The New York Times – All you can eat, all over Mumbai *** The Gujaratis are best known in Mumbai’s culinary scene for thalis, restaurants offering several courses of all-you-can-eat platters of food with a variety of subtle flavors. The restaurants take pride in leaving their customers full; one has a Web site…