banno, dhanno and teja in bumm-bumm-bhole-land

thodi si lift kara de

When you have a near-death moment, you want to talk about it again and again. No one else wants to hear about it again and again. Even the first time, … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · 21 Comments

even a broken umbrella works, if it is red

Today the highway outside our windows is clear. I still don’t want to go out anywhere, and don’t need to, but I just breathe a little easier. First it was … Continue reading

October 9, 2013 · 15 Comments

you work to pay

At the signal, he swerved the rickshaw to the extreme left to avoid a pothole on the road. He then had to honk at the pedestrians standing on the left, … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · 9 Comments

lessons on womanhood while buying a car

If you earn a fair amount of money, you are in an equal relationship with your partner, you move in a social circle where almost everyone has a similar world … Continue reading

October 20, 2012 · 92 Comments


While hopping across the highway may not be conducive to living long, it does make you feel all youthful and agile. Particularly if you are like me, at the tricky … Continue reading

November 20, 2011 · 20 Comments

love is a rickshaw ride

Orange balloons and a dahi handi in the sky, palm trees swaying, a little girl selling orange roses scowls, an elephant crosses a signal at rush hour, a girl sells … Continue reading

September 7, 2010 · 16 Comments

the house in juhu

In the 15 adult years I’ve lived in Bumm-Bumm-Bhole-Land, I don’t remember how many times I must have told a rickshaw wala, “Juhu, near Amitabh Bachchan‘s bungalow”. If you are … Continue reading

August 26, 2010 · 18 Comments

digging one’s own digs

It is very hypnotic, the rhythm of someone else working. The dog jumped up on the road divider and dug and dug the mud away from the pathetic plants. She … Continue reading

August 10, 2010 · 11 Comments

getting away from the sky

The BEST bus turned sharply out of the Santa Cruz depot and blocked a tempo and the rickshaw I was in. The rickshaw backed a little, the tempo driver maneuvered … Continue reading

August 4, 2010 · 21 Comments

a pious taxi driver

As soon as we crossed the Nana Chowk signal, he began to chant “Ram Krishna, Ram Krishna, Ram Krishna, Hare, Hare”. His voice was melodious, and I was grateful he … Continue reading

April 16, 2010 · 11 Comments

rocket singh, salesman of the year (2009) – dug up a mountain, out came a mouse!

‘Rocket Singh‘ moves as slowly as the rickshaw you always get by some law of the universe, when you are running late. Every 30 seconds, 11 vehicles zip by you … Continue reading

December 14, 2009 · 4 Comments

pigeon shit let’s see

If nothing else should deter you from the film, this poster should. Read my rant on rickshaws, pigeons and ‘Aa Dekhen Zara’ at Upperstall. Image courtesy Upperstall.

March 30, 2009 · 4 Comments

Traffic Jam

When I say: “I’m sure, there must be a traffic cop ahead, Teja. I’m telling you. They always create a jam.” – Sometimes Teja clenches his teeth and wonders how … Continue reading

August 9, 2008 · 4 Comments

All nature, no TV

Dhanno said, “I don’t want to see any more waterfalls. I want to see Shahrukh Khan. Now.” After a half-day trek down 1000 meters to see a living roots bridge, … Continue reading

June 7, 2008 · 7 Comments

the rickshaw wala and the city

Rickshaw walas in Nagpur – go home at 8 pm. Have to be called on their cell phones and cajoled into giving up their favourite TV show and bribed @ … Continue reading

February 14, 2008 · 15 Comments

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