Navneet Gill of Nini’s Kitchen

She’s one of the spunkiest, most animated people in the city. I remember meeting her for the first time ever, at Nini’s and spending the next hour laughing myself silly, listening, and watching fascinated, as she narrated what was, her very first time in Ahmadabad. Navneet is the better half of the couple who run…

Daftar – The Co-working Space

As entrepreneurial as Gujarat is, one never thought that the cool of start-ups would rub off on this generally laid-back city of Ahmadabad. But it has, and how! We have the city bustling with new ideas coming to fruition powered by the young brains that spout them. For those that need the environs of an…

Gulzar

“O DastaaƱgo, aik panna aur kholo, aur kaho…” And we all saw, more than 1500 of us, how a relationship so fragile, so precious, so battered by an unforgettable sense of wrong, as that between Draupadi and Yudhishtira, was revived by a simple act of friendship. An eponymous long poem by Pavan K Verma, adapted…

Mr Natwarlal

An AMTS bus playing Bollywood hits from 1990s. A philosophy-spouting bus-driver, and a Shakespeare-and-Girish Karnad-quoting bus-conductor, named Mr. Natwarlal. 7:50 pm. November 23, 2015. Ahmedabad. For nearly the entire duration of the 20 minute journey home, I felt I might be hallucinating. I’d begun to see Mario Miranda caricatures all around me, colours brighter than…

Imaginary Letter to a wall Lizard

Wonders never cease in real life. Some are small wonders and others are even smaller. I had a series of such teeny little wonderful things recently during my ten day sojourn at the Dhamma Peeth Vipassana centre in Dholka near Ahmedabad. I am mortally afraid of insects – red ants, common spiders, roaches, crickets etc….