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Tagged With: Mumbai

Crazy rich Asians and the emptiness within




I was at the VAT refunds counter at Charles De Gaulle a few years ago. The great Chinese shopper had only recently arrived on the European shopping scene quickly replacing the cargoes wearing, sun visor donning Japanese tourists who one was accustomed to seeing patiently queued outside designer stores. The Chinese shoppers in the VAT … Continue reading »






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A letter to an NRI friend on the merits of flying Air India




I have just received an email from a second generation Canadian friend of Indian origin, who is coming to India after several decades. She intends to travel across the motherland to acquaint herself with the new India and asks for my assistance in doing so. India has a sizable buffet of airlines, she is told and Nadia … Continue reading »






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A journey aboard the Mumbai bound Punjab Mail from Singapore




I have just returned from Singapore by Punjab Mail. It was a Mumbai bound Indigo flight that I had checked into with my brood at Changi, but after security checks and ambling around the duty free, I found myself aboard a flight that closely resembled the Punjab Mail, in as far as the morphological profile of … Continue reading »






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Fifty shades of Grey, bowel movements and other things.




I have noticed that the universe has its own way of telling you that the party is over. Since I have been back from my vacation some not very good things have happened. At the top of my list of those things is Fifty Shades of Grey. I am embarrassed to admit that I read this … Continue reading »






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