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August 29, 2007


Bombay sky showing off her colours, begging me to stay.


As much as I love Sachin, I have never depended on him to win a match for us. He has consistently failed to play a match-winning innings throughout his eighteen year career. The only one which comes to my mind, is a blistering 143 at Sharjah versus Australia, in the Finals in 1998. Only a couple of days earlier he had blitzed his way to a 134 ensuring India’s ticket to the Finals. Although we had lost the match it was Sachin’s innings that got us through.

“The majesty is missing, the touch is barely there, and after 123 Tests in over 15 years, he is yet to play that defining innings that has won a game for the country.” said Wisden. It was no wonder that when Wisden released Best Innings of the century in 2001, none of Sachin’s knocks figured in them. Brian Lara says “I wish I was as consistent as Sachin is, but I have won more matches for my country than he has.”. Lara, infact, has single-handedly won a lot of matches against stiff oppositions like Australia, with likes of Courtney Walsh standing as his last partner.

The guy’s I’d depend on (from the current team) would be Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik. Yes, not even Dravid.

Sallu Hyderabadi @ Brio

August 27, 2007


Rockstar Sallu bhai is in jail. roti and dal for food, and a cement floor to sleep on. He’ll be stripped of his Lacoste banyan, and given a blanket for comfort. I am sure Salman is terribly confused. He cannot understand why all this is happening to him. I’m not sure he still understands what ‘poaching’ means, besides being something his cook does with eggs.

Anyways, he’ll get bail soon, say goodbye to his convict friends and Jet airways it back to Bombay. I wonder what he will do to celebrate. I’m really curious. Wish I could be a fly on the wall of his home when he returns. Will I watch him screw the daylights out of Kat in a jacuzzi? Drink twenty crates of Corona in a day? Snort a kilo of powder? Stuff himself with all kinds of meat? Shark, fish, mutton, chicken, venison ? All this and more, while he lounges in his Lacoste banyan in the chilled ‘temperature controlled by Daikin’ room at 16 degree centigrade.

‘Twin Blasts Kill 40’ screamed the Sunday morning paper.My parents live in Hyderabad. I’ve been visiting the city on short holidays for over 10 years now. Though I’ve never lived there, I love the place, the people. They are quiet, peace loving, bindaas and cook the best Biryani in the world. Probably the reason why these cowardly choot professional mother fucker terrorist maniacs have targeted them over the last few months. I really hope the cops catch the culprits fast. ‘The explosive substance used in the blasts is Neogel-90, an ammonium nitrate based emulsifier explosives, manufactured in Nagpur by a company named Omni explosives.’ That’s a pretty specific clue.

Sunday Brunch at Brio. Wish I had discovered this earlier, and not on the last Sunday in Bombay before I shift to Delhi.Try and be there by 12 noon. You’ll find enough tables free for you to choose the best. Choose from the pastas, the pizzas or the salads. Go for a chilled shake, or the assam tea? and round it off with a gooey brownie with vanilla and hot chocolate. Catch the 1:45 show of a Bollywood flick at PVR next door. Get home by 5:30, siesta time! Awake by 6:30, tea and muffins (bought at Brio), bathe, leave home by 9 for a cozy get together with friends.

A very fulfilling weekend.


August 24, 2007


Dina left for Bangkok early today morning. In search of our friend Shetty. We tried our best to stop her, she’s going alone and Bangkok isn’t safest place in the world. But that wasn’t our point. Does she have a plan? How is she going to look for Shetty? Contacts? Clues?

Clearly, an instinctive decision conceived by her heart, not the head. Probably, at a time like this, when the collective heads of the Indian embassy and the Thai police have failed to unearth even the smallest of clues about Shetty, a determined little heart might just pull it off.

As much as we grumble about how daft your plan is, we love you Dina, and wish you the best.


August 23, 2007


Shetty, my friend. Captures moving images for feature films and commercials. He also plays the flute, left handed. He is a disciplined and dedicated artist. Quite the opposite of me. I shoot still images for myself. I have no sense of rhythm or beat, and I am terribly lazy, with dubious morals. Shetty and I have one thing in common. We are both fascinated by light. Being a cinematographer, Shetty has to understand the structure and quality of natural light so he can recreate it within a studio. We both agree this is the toughest to achieve. When I met him last, Shetty said he wanted to tell me about a new filter he discovered recently. He left for Bangkok on the ninth of August. We were to meet on the sixteenth, after he completed the last schedule of the feature film he’s shooting. But, Shetty’s missing. He’s lost since the eleventh of August.

Shetty, wherever you are, hope you’re still seeing the light, and discovering something new, everyday.


August 23, 2007


My father has aged at least ten years since I last met him, three months ago. His fingers have weakened, his voice has begun to slur. His body can”t keep pace with the mind. Hyper active, fiercely independant, my father is realizing he can’t be himself anymore. I know, he’d rather let go of this life, than ask his son to unscrew a bottle of whisky for him.
“I’m too old to change” he’d say