I was briefly introduced to Adnan Sami in the early/mid ’90s when he’d visit legendary singer Asha Bhosle’s residence. My family lived in the same building and as a child training in Hindustani classical music, I would often drop by her rehearsals with my mother.

He was mighty courteous, soft-spoken and endearingly bashful. Bhosle would frequently talk about how big this guy was going to be in Bollywood. He’d smile shyly, speak little and then you’d hear him effortlessly play a few notes on the keyboard, undoubtedly convinced about his bright future. He mentioned something about being a classical pianist…

How the Entitled in Mumbai are finally waking up

We were primary schoolers in the 80s, unfortunately unaware of how precious Bombay’s long-held, strong, secular credentials were. It was a city where you lived, and you let live. Cultures coexisted seamlessly even as stray riots and protests dotted the city’s gloriously metropolitan nature. It was so organic that we had no idea how to live a life otherwise.

Those of us in our late 30s/ early 40s today in Mumbai have been generally well-ensconced in our special brand of apathy, where the attitude that “life goes on, come what may”…

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A few years ago, while filling one of the many forms for my daughter’s admission to preschool, I put down “Jain-Hindu” for her, “Jain” for my husband and then stared incredibly long at the blank space next to “Mother’s Religion”. Born and raised in an Iyengar household, married to an irreligious Jain, and agnostic for more than half my life, I thought for a while what it would be to, perhaps, write “not applicable” in that space.

But when you’re stressed beyond belief about school admissions — because in South Bombay, preschool admissions are a slightly civilised version of getting…

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Cogito Ergo Sum

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