the “church” in churchgate

If you’ve lived in Mumbai even for a short while you would have come across Churchgate station — that is the first stop on the Western line at the extreme South of Mumbai. But what many people do not know is the reason why it’s called Churchgate? Don’t we sometimes say words so often we even forget why they must have had an origin? What’s the ‘Church’ and … Continue reading the “church” in churchgate

the freedom trail mumbai!

This article just went up on Lonely Planet India’s website. Let me know what you think 🙂 And Happy Independence Day to all the Indians out there! Visit it here: The Freedom Trail, Mumbai.   Mumbai might have blossomed under British attention but this city also played a crucial role in the fight for an Independent India. The first ever session of the Indian National … Continue reading the freedom trail mumbai!

8 reasons why you should visit the indian institute of advanced study, shimla

there he stood, in a dark greyish black sweatshirt and with a calm, quiet voice he said, “please gather around, we will begin shortly. i am a research student here and i will be your guide for the day.” what followed was a 30 minute treat where we roamed around the indian institute of advanced study, listened to stories, checked out exhibits and clicked a few … Continue reading 8 reasons why you should visit the indian institute of advanced study, shimla

shimla and why it surprised me

I had been to Shimla when I was 11 years old, and even then people spoke about the crowd, excessive development, commercial establishments ruining the city and the downward slide of the once summer capital of the British Raj in India. I don’t remember much about that trip. I had gone with my parents and my cousins, and like all family trips, the children tend … Continue reading shimla and why it surprised me