All posts tagged: Experiences

5 tidbits about Mumbai I bet you didn’t know

I would like to draw you attention here to the fact that our filmmakers have it tough nowadays. No, no one is expecting scripts or hoping a movie will have decent performances. Bah, that’s nuts. But they’re faced with the turmoil of having to choose the one shot that will represent Bombay. Think about it, do you choose a done to death aerial shot of Gateway of India or do you attempt being cool with a shot of Bandra Worli sealink (you have to be indie enough to do that)? Or do you just show Dhobi Ghat? I mean, the choices are endless and a nightmare surely for our erudite movie makers. But funnily enough, while truly gorgeous, none of these icons truly represent Mumbai in all its historical glory. I was invited by the team at Raconteur Walks for a ‘Churchgate and Heritage Mile Walk’ on 2nd August, 2015 at 8:30am. Guys, please feel for me. I woke up at 7 on a Sunday for this walk. At this point, I must mention the fact …

5 things you will find in every girl’s handbag

There are many lists about beauty products that women must have in their bags, about the things they need before they leave the house etc. etc. But don’t you believe that that’s all we step out of the house with. Let me put it this way, a woman’s purse is a blackhole. Something like in Interstellar but if Mathew McConaughey were to enter a woman’s bag he would be rummaging through pens, some makeup item, maybe even a deodorant. And that’s not going to confuse anyone. But here are a few things that you don’t know about that you will find in almost every woman’s bag. 1. Period Drama We women are on super alert around the time our periods are going to make an appearance. Invariably, a woman will be carrying something for the period drama. It could be napkins, or tampons or whatever they fancy but it’s likely that it’s in there. And if ads are to be believed, men love sniffing our ass, so we get extra worried around this time of …

How The Mumbai Rains Pan Out For All of Us

Scene 1 Wake up to the pitter patter of raindrops, the trees looking perfectly drenched and the smell of wet earth. Also, chiffon sarees come to your mind fleetingly. Thoughts: Yay. I want to sleep a little more. Action: Crawl back into blanket, hit snooze button several hundred times. Scene 2 It’s still raining. The towel is still wet from yesterday’s shower. It’s time to try and get to work Thoughts: Wow, a little too much rain no? Action: Several shots clicked for Instagram Scene 3 It’s still raining. Most rain-appropriate gear has been worn. Wellington boots, pants hitched up to knee. Scuba diving gear has been procured for times of emergency. Time to head to breakfast table. Thoughts: I am going to be so late. But look at the rains! Could it be a holiday? Action: Stuff breakfast into mouth while reading tweets and unfunny Whatsapp forwards. All this while discussing with family how work will be reached. Scene 4 It’s still raining. Rickshaw is taken to station. Rickshaws unavailable, umbrella doing a nifty …

5 lessons I learnt from being a faghag

Over this weekend, I was invited by a gay (for the sake of clarity, I use the word ‘gay’ in this article to refer to homosexual men) friend to attend a party. I was to be a ‘faghag’. While the term may have been attributed many meanings, in this context, I was simply a girlfriend accompanying a gay guy to a gay party. This was my first time and I am the kind of person who makes booboos on a grand scale, so I was wary. Also, since I have a problem with being politically correct, I kept saying ‘ But, we normal people….’ Which I am sure made my friend want to punch me in the face or something. I came back unscarred and without my foot in my mouth which means I did well that night. Going to a gay party is nothing like anything I have been to before. And it was awesome. Here’s 5 things I learnt about their world from observing them and then being a pain and asking my …

6 things you didn’t know about Netherlands..but should

All of us know Netherlands. Or we think we do. Like we know about the tulips, the beautiful canals, the rich history etc. Some of us may even know about the red light district. Actually, most of us only know that part of Netherlands. But there’s a lot more to this country than just scantily clad women and coffee shops that offer more than just coffee. Mumbai is playing host to a Holland Meets Mumbai initiative by the by the Dutch Consulate in Mumbai and the Kingdom of the Netherlands in India from 1st to 7th June 2015 and there’s loads you will discover about this country. But here are a few interesting things that we thought we should share. 1. That Netherlands is described as a consociational state. Google the word. I didn’t know it either. This means that the monarch is the head of state but the position comes with limited powers. The power of decision making lies with the Dutch cabinet that consists of 13-16 ministers. 2. Unilever is a partly Dutch …

5 things you should be doing in your relationship right now

If you’ve ever read any advice on how to keep a relationship going, you would know the concept of date night. It’s where both the people in the relationship take time off from their work, dress up and head to a fancy, usually expensive restaurant to spend quality time together. What no one ever tells you is what really happens on these dates. Scenario one, husband asks wife where she wants to go. Wife gets pissed that husband hasn’t put in enough effort to even think of a place. Loses her cool. Fight ensues. Scenario two, both start talking about how they are so glad they did this and they should do it more often. Wife brings up something that happened at home. Husband says can’t you leave it for right now. Wife says he never listens to her. Fight ensues. Scenario three- husband is dressed and waiting. Wife takes time to get dressed. Husband wants to be back for football game but can’t tell her. She is finally dressed. He seems distracted during date …

10 things no one tells you about being a copywriter

Having a blog is fun but it also means that you are broke and alone most of the time. So, the good Samaritan that I am, posted on a media forum that I would like to help out people who were confused about careers and getting into copywriting. And man was I flooded! People asked me a lot of things but here’s a few things that they don’t tell you about copywriting. Some of the things in here will surprise you, some not. 1) Copywriting is not about writing Well it is. But it isn’t just about writing. Yes, you do need the ability to string together a sentence but that’s not where it stops. You need to be able to ideate. You need to think if that one more way to sell orange juice. And you need to do it on a deadline. 2) It’s not for freshers. Unless. The cold, honest truth? The short stories and plays written in college will barely get you a foot in the door. It does give you …