#mumbaionaleash whistle. We are people who need a constant reminder that we are safe. Men in uniform everywhere and cameras. No one knows how many of them work and what they see or record. But they are around to make people like you and me feel safe. Security men wash cars in Mumbai. They fetch vegetables if you ask them too and some of them walk out dogs. We have cops. The Mumbai Police. They make ads about how friendly they are but what they do is best illustrated by schools where they train fake cops where thieves train wannabe thieves with the right grunts and rudeness that will help them extract a few hundred rupees because you might have PUC pollution certificate for your car. That does not mean that there are no well trained policemen or security men in this city. Stand outside the Israeli embassy when someone important moves in or out and see how slick they operate. The headquarters of the big companies where you don’t even notice the security. I get to know them because I carry a camera. They spot me and gesture with their eyes. No one else on the street even know that a cop or a security has asked me to not click pictures. The real security men don’t need uniforms to assure scared people that they are safe, they just do their job.
#newspaperreadinginmumbai The Goan on Saturday. One of my fave weekend reads and this one is much better than the local newspapers in Goa but not as entertaining with all their local ads, announcements and politics. This tried to be more serious and must be the only newspaper available in Mumbai that insists of calling it Bombay.
as it has every right to do.
Blurb on the souvenier commemorating the silver jubilee of the SLV-3 launch on July 18, 1980. Source
Where Mumbai plans to get its water from and how it affects those places. There is a need to revive local water bodies - wells, lakes etc.
This piece says what I’ve been trying to articulate for a very long time. A very important piece of writing.
The tale of one of India’s first geographical expeditions in Birtish times.