CYCLING WITH RESTRICTIONS IN LOCKDOWN

CYCLING WITH RESTRICTIONS IN LOCKDOWN

Three years ago, when I rekindled my romance with cycling, I made an ambitious plan to travel to different parts of the world and explore the local places on a bicycle. In cycling lingo, it’s called as “Cycle Tourism”.

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THIRSTY FOUNTAINS IN THE CITY

THIRSTY FOUNTAINS IN THE CITY

During my trip to Paris in 2017, the tour guide in our bus while giving instructions appraised us about the free drinking water facility available in the city. It turned out to be useful information for our group as we went about exploring the places largely on foot and public transport and in between refilled empty bottles from the taps beating the summer heat. Thus, we could conveniently quench our thirst, save money, reuse and reduce plastic waste.

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SELFISH MEN AND WOMEN AT THE FISH MARKET

SELFISH MEN AND WOMEN AT THE FISH MARKET

“Is this a fish market? please maintain pin-drop silence”.

A familiar quote used by our teachers.

“Madam I was there at the fish market today, if you are reading this. However, I couldn’t maintain any silence because the market by itself was bustling with energy”.

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PINK TRUMPET TREES

PINK TRUMPET TREES

Along the Vikhroli stretch of the Eastern Express highway in Mumbai, there are a number of Pink Trumpet trees. These gorgeous looking trees welcome you with its blooming flowers. They look stunning when in full bloom mainly between December and February, generally associated with dry periods. But the tree also blooms during few other months when dry leaves are shed and fresh flowers blossom.

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTING IN BANDRA

CHRISTMAS LIGHTING IN BANDRA

Yesterday, I discarded the 2020 calendar. This year is like a bad dream, and like most of you even I want to forget about it. In Maharashtra, we had one more twist with another round of night curfew announced by the Chief Minister. Apparently, this is a preventive measure to regulate unwanted movement of people and gatherings at public places. The night curfew is imposed for 15 days, from 11 pm to 6 am, between 22nd December 2020 to 5th January 2021.

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RIDE TO SIX PLACES TRENDING IN MEDIA

RIDE TO SIX PLACES TRENDING IN MEDIA

On a quiet Sunday afternoon, Indian media went berserk. The news was about the death of a young Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. An army of Journalist representing various news channels were reporting from the scene of tragedy.

The non-stop, high decibel coverage with reporters screaming out of their lungs has been a pounding on the audience eardrums.

In four months, the case of the actors death has taken dramatic turns on the legal high ground and become a political slug-fest. I made an informal visit to six places in the city which are connected to the case.

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THIRST IS FELT THE MOST WHEN THE TAP GOES DRY

THIRST IS FELT THE MOST WHEN THE TAP GOES DRY

It’s 08:30 am and my mother is looking out for Vishnu. With the keys of water pump in his possession, he is the main man in our building. Every morning, Vishnu opens the central tap of the overhead tank from which the water is released through the taps in our house. But Vishnu has to wait for the tank to first get refilled with water supplied through municipality connection. Continue reading “THIRST IS FELT THE MOST WHEN THE TAP GOES DRY”

CYCLE TO CAFE IRANI CHAII AND GET 10% DISCOUNT

CYCLE TO CAFE IRANI CHAII AND GET 10% DISCOUNT

When the British departed India, they left behind a legacy of ‘Tipping’. It means, a customer voluntarily offers a sum of money after availing a service. Typically, this culture is more prevalent in hotel industry. Tipping an American worker is appreciated as informal wages is an accepted idea. But in Japan, it’s against their etiquette’s as their philosophy believes good service should be expected in the first place. China has no tipping culture, Singapore does not believe in receiving gratitude’s, in UK it’s customary to tip and in India the practice is quite frequent. Continue reading “CYCLE TO CAFE IRANI CHAII AND GET 10% DISCOUNT”