A fire broke out in Mumbai this afternoon.

A major fire broke out at a plot near ROLEX Restaurant Junction in Mumbai this afternoon. The flow of traffic at the ROLEX Restaurant Junction is relentless. Cars, motorbikes, bicycles and handcarts etc. creep in on you from all directions. I was working in the area when all of a sudden; I noticed black fumes…

Offline Farmville

I love farms and farming; not the facebook kind though. I have wanted to spend time in the midst of hardworking farmers and cattle since 10 odd years. I never got going though. Farmers start growing rice in the month of June, that’s when the monsoons set in. And the lush green paddy fields are…

diwali in Purushwadi

HAPPY DIWALI from Purushwadi!

I spent the first four days of this week scouting Purushwadi. Yes, I contemplated the idea of writing a few jokes to follow that opening line but then decided against it. Purushwadi is atop a hill near Ghoti along the Mumbai-Nashik Highway but never mind all of that. The turfs at altitudes higher than Purushwadi…

Lalbaugcha Raja

Lalbaugcha Raja in 2011

Lalbaugcha Raja has a lot of history behind it dating back to pre independence times. Most of the major textile mills of Bombay stood in this neighbourhood. Mill workers lived here in tenements or chawls. One fine day, the owners of these mills decided to either shut down operations or move elsewhere as property prices…