Bombay - A Commute From Hell

Priya Shah | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Priya Shah

As I reflect on my experiences in India so far, one daily pain I have to endure is my commute to work. That is, four hours a day spent travelling to and from work. This is normal, of course; plenty of people spend a sizeable part of their day just commuting to work as in a developed, modern society, often we live further away from our work than we desire...

Did British Airways Finally Get it Right?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laxmi Hariharan

Many many years later, BA has come up with another one - a five minute clip which has forced me to see it in a more kindly light. In the tradition of the best (or worst as you may see it) reality TV programming tradition, the ad unabashedly tugs at the heart strings of immigrants like myself, tracing the journey home and how it feels to surprise your parents with a sudden visit.

Is Starbucks Needed in India?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 21.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Laxmi Hariharan

"It is perhaps the most elegant, beautiful, dynamic store we've opened in our history," chief executive Howard Schultz said in an interview on the occasion of the opening of Starbucks' first flagship Indian store, in the exclusive Horniman Circle neighbourhood of south Mumbai (also known as SoBO for those of us in the know.)

Union Jill-Indian

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Laxmi Hariharan

I was five when I first saw the Gateway of India located in Colaba, Bombay opposite that other famous edifice, the Taj Mahal Hotel. Fighting through t...

What Apple Can Learn from Gandhi

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 25.06.2012 | UK Tech
Laxmi Hariharan

"If it were not for Gandhi we would have made much more progress." These were the provocative words my Dad often mentioned in jest, when I was a child...

Of Smirking Bollywood stars & Bombay metrosexuals

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 22.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Laxmi Hariharan

Even after all these years my NRI (or OCI as they call it now) status seems to elicit the wierdest of reactions. Some of my mother's friends insist on speaking to me in English, while I try to respond back in my rather Bombay-ite version of Tamil.