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Mumbaiwale: On a heritage tour? Avoid these walks of shame

India, Feb. 22 -- I went on my first heritage walk all by myself. In 2004, I picked up a copy of Sharada Dwivedi's Fort Walks and picked a path at random, not knowing what to expect. What I found was ... Read More


Done in 20 minutes: Oscar-nominated (and winning) short films are online for free

India, Feb. 15 -- Short films can go terribly wrong. Some Indian ones pack in so many dated middle-class stereotypes (and woke dadis), you wonder if the idea came out of a tin of Dalda Vanaspati. In s... Read More


Mumbaiwale: One-of-a-kind city souvenirs you'll never want to part with

India, Feb. 15 -- There's a column building up in my mind about the questions I get asked as a Mumbai columnist. Being everyone's first port of call for city queries is a mixed blessing. On the one ha... Read More


Oscar award: Is it the gold standard or a statuette of limitations?

India, Feb. 8 -- It's not just that the Oscars are long. It's that they're dull. No one takes fashion risks anymore - women put on well-behaved gowns and save the shenanigans for the Met Gala. Young a... Read More


Mumbaiwale: An exhibition of rare Air India memorabilia

India, Feb. 8 -- What will become of Air India? While companies edge close to making bids to buy it, a brighter side of the national carrier goes on display next week. Maharajah of the Skies - An Indi... Read More


Parts of a whole: Great reads about the human body

India, Feb. 1 -- Those looking to dive into Bill Bryson's recent book, The Body, might find it's more of a handshake than a hug. His 2003 doorstopper, A Short History of Nearly Everything, covered, w... Read More


Here's how to read the labels on your beauty products

India, Jan. 31 -- Labels like 'Clean' and 'Safe' sound good. But dermatologist and author Dr Anjali Mahto has taken to Instagram to explain that they're largely unfounded. There is no legal definition... Read More


Simon, Garfunkel and the swansong that has lasted 50 years

India, Jan. 25 -- When you're weary, feelin' small, it's possible that you still turn to Bridge over Troubled Water on your Spotify. Half a century ago this week, American duo Simon & Garfunkel releas... Read More


Mumbaiwale: On Republic Day, let three cool children's books remind you that we are all one

India, Jan. 25 -- I spent most of Christmas afternoon reading to a six-year-old nerd. She'd come to the party dressed in tulle, lace and bows. But her tastes were not typically girly. She liked sharks... Read More


Step aside, kitties. Sheep are taking over the internet

India, Jan. 18 -- This is a sheep-appreciation column. They've been dying in the thousands in the Australian fires, their plight eclipsed as newspaper reports cover the loss of kangaroos and koalas, a... Read More