Saturday, August 25, 2012


It was an unlikely friendship from the start. He, a shy, self-conscious junior at work - brilliant with numbers and a very keen focus on his personal style. Me, an extroverted, smiling, bumbling senior - good with people and not really caring about appearances.

When I first worked with him more than a year ago, I thought he was arrogant, self-conscious and worried too much about his tie, perfume and stupid haircut. On his part, I'm sure he thought of me as this over-bearing senior who talked too much and made too many excel mistakes to be counted as a real person!

But in the last few months, we became closer without quite realizing it. He was my light in the new city - exploring new places with me, distracting me with his own funny life problems and being around when almost everybody else was too busy in their own lives.

Now that I've said bye to him and he's leaving for London next week, I am suddenly thinking about all that I've just written about. And that I will miss him, more than I ever thought possible.



Rainy morning. And Doogie Howser MD on TV.

Yay for Saturday!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Saga of the Car - Part 1

Breaking news
August 22, 2012
7:55 pm

Car broken down on panchsheel flyover. Zen driven by some crazy woman who thinks she can survive in this city.

Her car was pushed to the side of the road by some looney men who waved and yelled goodbye in the creepiest way after helping her.

She's now waiting for help to arrive as she contemplates whether she should laugh or cry at her situation and the various ways she's going to carve out the flesh of the man who sold her this piece of junk.

Hah! Foolish foolish woman.

Friday, August 10, 2012


Recent events should have made me angry. Instead I'm scared. If this can happen in Mumbai, to a well-to-do lawyer, it can happen anywhere and to anyone.

My new motto: keep your head down and go about your business. And pray that someone up there is keeping you safe.