Sunday, August 31, 2014

Raahgiri Day- An amazing start to a Sunday morning at CP

With the extensive campaigning over the last many weeks, I had heard and read a lot about 'Raahgiri Day', a cause supported by The Times of India. I knew that it had something to do with 'getting cars off the road' and 'making streets pedestrian friendly'. As much as I wanted to go and attend a Raahgiri day, the timing of 6-10 AM on a Sunday morning didn't work out. I wasn't ready to sacrifice the few extra hours of sleep in the morning on the only Sunday in the week.

Early morning joggers at Raahgiri Day, Connaught Place, Delhi
These days we certainly see the sunrise rarely and the days when we see it are usually the ones when we haven't slept all night. It was one such lucky sunrise this morning thanks to an overnight stay at a friend's place for his birthday. I was headed to Connaught Place (CP) to witness a Raahgiri day.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Book Review: 'Private India'

Title: Private India
Authors: Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson
Publisher: Arrow Books
Pages: 448
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Story and Style:
Private India is a suspense thriller set in the heart of Mumbai. A series of murders during the Navratri festival, has the detectives at Private India on their feet. Santosh Wagh, the agency’s India bureau head, looks into the case as he deals with his personal losses and constantly tries to make the right choices. Will he able to join the dots and catch the murderer before further loss of innocent lives? 

I could draw some distinctive similarities between the style of Private India and Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. I particularly liked the antagonist's parts of the story when the narrative switches to a first person- a clever technique to hide the major plot giveaway, something that a third person narrative would have spoiled. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Why I started watching 'Yudh' and saw it till the end

I started watching Yudh. And I finished watching Yudh. Yes, two important statements. And now let me explain, why. Why I watched the entire series and what I think about it now that it is over:

Poster of Yudh, Courtesy- Google

Starcast

Big ensemble starcast. Big name associations and seasoned actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Kay Kay Menon, Nawazuddin Siddique, Sarika, Zakir Husain, Mona Wasu. New faces: Aahana Kumra (Taruni), Pavail Gulati (Rishi), Ayesha Raza (Nayan).   And then there was Anurag Kashyap looking over the entire project as the Creative Director. This had to be something different, something big, something we haven't seen before. And so, all eyes turned to the TV sets on 14th July at 10.30 PM to catch the pilot episode of Amitabh Bachchan's first fiction tv show. My personal reason? I just worked with BigB, how could I not see his new show that was being talked about so much?

Friday, August 08, 2014

Delhi-vs-Mumbai: Travelling in a City Bus

How many times have you been to a new city and travelled using a bus/train/auto to get around? How was the experience? Were you nervous/anxious or chilled out? Let’s take a look at the state of mind of a commoner in a new city (Delhi & Mumbai for now), travelling from home in a city bus for the first time, in an unknown route and going to a yet-unseen destination. But before that a tip on the lingo at both the places-

Delhiites have ‘bus stops’, have automatic closing doors on low floor buses which come in red, green and orange colours. The buses are run by the Delhi Transport Corporation, DTC.

Mumbaikars have ‘bus stations’ or ‘bus sthaanak’, have NO doors on standard floor buses and are all red. The buses are run by the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport, BEST. Double decker buses don’t run on Sundays and are limited to a few routes.
 
View from the upper deck of a double-decker bus in Mumbai. Note the difference in height and the Devnagri numbering of the bus routes
Please do note the intended humour and puns at various places! ;)
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