I *heart* Bombay (and well..Boston)

I'm urban..in the way other people are mountain-people or tunafish junkies. I love city life...something about dreary concrete blocks and grumpy people totally gets my juices flowing. Ergo, this will be a blog about me, my two favourite cities (Bombay and Boston), my addiction to Vietnamese coffee and my views on Gregorian chant and it's efficacy in curing some types of tympannic membrane rupture. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Gastronomic delight

Friday nights and the lights are low..
Looking out for a place to go..

It's been 4 Fridays in a row I've been at Hawaiian Shack, and it's getting a bit old. The music is the same (well, the music is great, but the DJ plays them in the same order even!), the people are the same - the white guy drinking his scotch and smoking a ciggie at the end of the bar seems to have been welded there!

So when Shailen asked me if I'd like to join him and a few friends to head over to Mohammed Ali Road in South Bombay for post-Ramadan fast revelry, I jumped at the offer. I did have to clear up a few misgivings from assorted friends and family - It's the ghetto! You're going there that late? You know "those people" don't like us! They slaughter cows right there! What if there's a riot or a bomb blast there? Anyway, me being the cosmopolitan secular street-wise Bombayite cast all these canards and fears aside and headed off with 6 fags to experience the delight that is the Muslim quarter of Bombay.

It's Ramadan and every Muslim - except the booze-swilling, joint-smoking, unnatural sex-having ("He puts what in where?") ones I know is fasting from dawn to dusk and eating what looks like insanely colored and smelling food all night. The 7 of us met up at Bohri Mohalla just off Mohd. Ali Road and headed into the tiny bylanes that snake through the area like veins on an old auntieji's hand (That was a "simile"- for people who studied Wren and Martin like the gospel when they were younger). We stopped at this place called "barahandi" (Twelve pots) where there were GIANT pots full of assorted parts of goat simmering and bubbling away. We picked up a few table-mat sized naans and ordered a plate of paayaa (trotters) and nihaari (marrow) so we could try out what in my Brahmin house is considered food that sends you straight to hell. I couldn't bring myself to try either but the consensus at the table was that the paayaa was quite melt in the mouth but the nihaari was the true breakfast of champions in this duel.

We wrapped up the rest of the naan and walked past the Syedna's mausoleum in the heart of the Bohri Mohalla. It's this very Mughal looking marble tomb towering high above the ghetto-y architechture of the nouveau-riche Muslim. Quite pretty actually when they light it up. We passed scores of Bohra men running into prayer (I never really realized this, Bohra men wear a white muslin jacket over their clothes when they pray) while their womenfolk stood around window shopping (It was 10 pm at night and the stores were all open!) Anyway, we found this kebabchi who had tables all along the side of the road and we ordered boti and seekh kebabs and chicken tikka for po' ol' me. Some of the guys wanted to try out the khiri (cow udders) but the thought of me passing out watching them eat it made them rethink the idea. Anyway, the total bill - 7 of us remember! - came to Rs. 188!! That's less than what I pay for a medium Pizza! OMG! I am eating here from now on. The kebabs were good - a bit spicy for my taste but then again, the years of living on a butter and cream diet in the States have altered my Indian taste buds.

We then chose to eat dessert..cause nothing says Indian festival than hours and hours of stuffing vast quantities of milk and sugar based food down your throat! A longish walk later, we found ourselves at Suleiman Mithaiwalla and in the midst of what has got to be the greatest frikkin' population density EVER. I swear there were like 200,000 people crowded into about 5 city blocks. I broke away to go get some malpuwa - this pancake like deep fried dough bound with egg and doused in sugar, typically eaten smothered in malai (cream). It was big enough for all of us to share..and just out of the deep fryer, so it was also about 5000C and dripping oil. Deep fried, coated in sugar and dripping with oil. I'm almost having an orgasm typing this...

The others ended up with eating tons of phirni, some very weirdly colored milk desserts and a chocolate and pistachio covered malai roll that almost brought me to my knees. I discovered stuff about myself last night.
1. I love sweet stuff.
2. I will eat tons of it given the chance and if no one's looking.
3. I will secretly pack some away so I can spend the rest of the night (I ended up sleeping at 4 am) eating it.

After all this, none of us was in the mood to brave the crowds to get some kheema-pau (spicy mincemeat in bread) or some teetar (partridge) so I just hopped into a cab with 3 of the guys and headed back to Shivaji Park for some coffee and a whole lot of conversation.

All in all, it was a splendid evening. I got to see a culture and a side of Bombay that I'm most ignorant about. Women in veils, men with beards, kebabs on every street corner, mosques everywhere, shops open way after the rest of the city shuts down, cheap tasty food, old men selling ittar at the street lights, beggars, tumbledown highrises with an occasional gem of a building sandwiched, burkhas on sale, two-wheelers everywhere, giant cauldrons of assorted meats and rice, lights, noise, smells....It was an experience!

Can't wait for Eid so I can actually experience this on a scale about ten times greater. Any volunteers to join me then?

Current Music:
In Aankhon ki masti ke - Umrao Jaan

I wonder if there's any kothas left in the old quarter..maybe I can actually get to see someone who's not a gay man dance a mujra to this song?


  • At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Riggs said…

    My mouth watered just reading your post.

    Nice song, btw!

  • At 9:05 AM, Blogger Ameet said…

    Ditto on the kotha comment.

  • At 1:47 PM, Anonymous riggs said…

    I found this unreal remix of 'in aankhon ki masti' and mailed it to a few friends, took the liberty of adding you on the mailing list as well. I hope your email ID on the Contact Me ends with a .com!


  • At 9:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Cosmopolitan secular and you… Holy Shit…
    In your previous pieces, you have cribbed Punjabi’s, Christian’s, Sindhi’s and people from other communities especially talking about one’s who are different..
    But, I don’t see you talking about similar ones from your own community (Marathi).. Why? Also, it’s all about Indians but no whites? If some people from India are different so are some whites (like you may find many who are polished but quite shallow)… If you are so secular, then do it for all… Why discriminate? You sound like a post-modernist (just to let you know in case you are thrilled being westernized or ‘modern’ in the new Indian rhetoric, most whites in the US or in the other parts of the West find post-modernism contradictory and condemn it).. For instance, having lived in the US for 12 years and back in India, let me share an experience.. A black guy talks about being addressed a negro in a small town to 3 whites and myself.. those guys say that it’s awful, discriminatory…Once the black guy leaves, we walk towards the downtown and on seeing a Black Cultural Center, they say “we don’t need it, whites are in majority and so we need one for whites” instead of saying that we could have both.. Do you see the contradiction with post-modernist values.. They talked about equality earlier (indirectly) and now…

    Other thing after reading about your fascination for the West and constantly cribbing on Indians… GROW UP MENTALLY! STOP CRIBBING 24 X7!! Be happy and accept things in life … Every place is good and bad; so are the people in such places… You tend to look at negative aspects within you, in your surroundings/country and so are displeased with those surroundings and with yourself (ask this question to yourself.. the answer is that you are always restless.. you are always seeking something but don’t know What? ). For you, the grass is always greener on the other side (west)… Remove the negativity inside you and you won’t find flaws in places/people; will “truly” be happy!

  • At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    he is a hypocrite and a QUEEN (a gay slut.though i have gay friends, but stay away from bitchy-cribbie queens who always crib like him)! how can he stop this? its his nature & part of his personality. he needs someone like SRK from Kal Ho Na Ho who can come and show him how to live life, ho wto stop cribbing and smile under all circumstances.

  • At 10:38 PM, Blogger Vikster said…

    Anony 1: Would have helped if you'd left a name...then again, why stop a good rant?
    For straters: I'm NOT Marathi (I'm Konkani..vast difference here). Secondly, I crib about Sindhis and Gujjus. But i LOVE the fact that they're different ..that's what excites me about being around them.
    Thirdly: Cut your fellow Indians some slack. We ALL know what being post-modern is. You desis in the US don't have the fundae on cool lingo.

    And finally I'm confused. You think this post was about cribbing about India and missing the west? When all I write about is how fucking AWESOME the food and culture here is?

    Anony 2: (Same as Anony 1 I suspect)
    Is a QUEEN a gay slut? That's funny. I have different terms for both. I wonder what I should call you though? Somehow there isn't a word for a gay virgin is there? Oh wait. Pope!

    And HAHAHHAHHA on the SRK reference. If I didn't know better I'd think you were Meenu trying to get a rise outta me.

  • At 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It was not a rant.. I found your all posts disgusting.. just constant cribbing..I wasn't talking specifically about the above post on food and your experience at M. Ali road.. I picked that secular thing and referred to all your previous post.. yeah right.. you LOVE being with people from other communities and then why crib... Just enjoy the difference... seems like your idea of enjoyment itself is be with different people to find that difference and crib.. Why not crib Konkani people then.. don't u have idiots in your community as well.. But, you don't .. Of course, you are secular and believe in equality.. it shows... Also, I wish people in India like you understand what post-modernism means.. like the cool lingo being a part of it.. which can be irrational and mean many a times.. Also, read my post and you will know my location is like yours now.. So, the last line by you is irrelevant for me.. Also, when you sip coffee, think about what I have written before posting one more message here.. with no offence, I simply intend(ed)to point out that what may be cool to you may be offensive to others.. (not to me.. i dont care)... Your pleasure should not be somebody's discomfort... We are all wise and mature.. I am sure you will be oneday as well..

  • At 11:22 PM, Blogger Vikster said…

    "I simply intend(ed)to point out that what may be cool to you may be offensive to others.. (not to me.. i dont care)"


    So if you don't care, why feel the need to point it out to me?

    Why not let people make up their own minds? Or are they not capable of deciding just how horrified they are ("Oh! He said Sindhis are loud and flashy! I'm horrified!")

    (As for the bit about not cribbing about Konkani people, you've clearly not read my blog. My horror of the gold and gossip loving Konk aunties is well known)

  • At 11:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i dont care about your comments even though you have or will talk about people from my community.. it's okay with me.. I pointed it out to you since it is not appropriate buddy. Discrimination on grounds of caste and religion is at a higher magnitude in India. So, I don't care if you talk about my community but the discrimination has to stop somewhere and we ought to ask educated people atleast to grow up. It will be so disgusting if people start talking about your community as a response here whether it will be from the point of view of behavior, culture, status-quo or other aspects. Just imagine if all other community people start writing here and bring your community down on some of the above attributes (which is quite easy) So, what are we aiming at.. communal disharmony... Or say, if like you, other people also start writing blogs that discriminate other communities (may be for fun but why do so even for fun?), where are we heading.. So, I wrote.. I did read your post on Konkani aunts and after comparing it to your other posts, wrote this.. Anyways, you will not get what I intended to point out.. It's not your fault.. it's all in mind.. i am not a sindhi.. but read your lines on them.. i laughed.. are you civilized enough yourself? Is this a civilized/matured behavior to crib? laughs again.. Thank you for your time though!

  • At 11:51 PM, Blogger Vikster said…


    So now you're accusing me of discriminating against someone (you?) on the basis of caste and religion? Just where have I done that?

    Where have you felt like I haven't talked/hung out with/clubbed or fucked someone from a diff. race/religion/caste? Do you even know me?

    I'm confused by your language..you seem to think it's not OK to have issues about anything. At the risk of being uncivilized/immature.
    When did cribbing become bad?

    And even if YOU consider it to be bad, why do you insist on forcing yourself to sit through my raves and rants about Gujjus or Mac aunties or whatever? There is an awesome feature called a keyboard that allows you to type out some other happy children with puppies and rainbows blog that you might find more to your liking.

    It's been fun talking to someone who doesn't understand sarcasm. You're not a Shiv Sainik or from the Bombay High Court (Aurangabad branch) are you?

    "i am not a sindhi.. but read your lines on them.. i laughed"

    And there you go contradicting your own soapbox speech.

  • At 12:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Soapbox speech--- I laughed bcos of your maturity and it's fun as well to talk to someone who doesn't understand sarcasm.. As for rainbow and puppies, do it yourself.. you will shell out that negativity inside you by diverting elsewhere and be a better person.. It was fun to interact with someone who is childish and opinionated as well.. Learn to accept a different point of view.. I didn't say that it is not wrong to crib but you are amazing? Does this sarcasm get in your B....? Have issues, we all do but ... decide for yourself.. think about it when u sip coffee.. did i have a point (even a small one if not big)... ? If yes, my purpose is served! If not, good luck for more 'sarcasm' in your new blogs.

  • At 12:06 AM, Blogger Vikster said…

    Life would be so much easier if you left your anonymity aside and joined me for a cup of coffee to figure out why you think I'm this immature little Gujju-hater.

    Then again, isn't being anonymous the easy way out to saying what you want with no recriminations?

    Coffe then? I'll pay. We'll talk about post-modernism and Phalguni Pathak.

  • At 12:13 AM, Blogger GreyArea said…

    Derrida has been dead barely two years and people have already redefined post-modernism? Damn!

  • At 12:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Derrida couldn't define post-modernism either nor have scholars in the northern or southern hemisphere. It's because of it's contradictions. If you see, there are no clear attributes that could be identified as post-modernist ones. It's still being debated. But, I know that scholars who are left-liberals vs. conservatives hate it. So do ordinary people (left-liberals)... I don't .. But, I am not a big fan of it either largely due to the paradox at it's very core.

    Coffee would be fine, Vikster! Though, I am not sure if I can talk about Ms. Pathak beyond two lines :-)

  • At 12:53 AM, Blogger GreyArea said…

    Who hates it? Left-liberals or conservatives?

    Talk to any Indian communist you choose (can't get more "left-liberal bleeding heart" than that!) and they'll probably worship the works of Lacan, Derrida et al.

    You'll be barraged by deconstruction and cultural relativism among other things and you're saying they hate it?

    No, seriously, which parallel universe are you from?

  • At 12:55 AM, Blogger Vikster said…

    Sadly I'm more up to date with my Pathak and Reshamiyya than I am with my Kierkegaard and Focault.

  • At 1:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh really, greyarea.. nice to know your universe.. I am glad to learn..Thanks! No wonder, scholars say that selection of *resources* is important before analysis and interpretation.. have fun..

  • At 1:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    :( Vikster!

  • At 2:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Why does anonymus have to be so convoluted (spell check) in expressing a simple want to have coffee with Mr. Vikster? Hmmmmmm???


  • At 2:45 AM, Blogger Nick said…

    Vik, I think Anonymous has a crush on you and was disguising his (or is it her?) affection in wordy arguments. Damn! Your vows would be a two page affair at the altar :D

  • At 2:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    No crushes.. just read and wrote.. He asked for Coffee and am always for one.. Like to meet up with old and new buddies..

  • At 2:56 AM, Blogger Nick said…

    "Old and New", the plot thickens Vik

  • At 3:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    let me make it more thick.. you wrote "disguising his (or is it her)" .. Should i add "2 in 1".. guess who.. :)

  • At 9:58 AM, Blogger Parmesh said…

    This is such fun - I think its the begining of a great love story. Oh Vikster! Go on a date with Anony ASAP and post about it in detail. :-) Like all good Indian soaps, you must stretch out the suspense for us readers... don't tell us who Anony is - even though you will know after the coffee date.... drag it out, give us clues, start a contest.... then finally, do a grand reveal. Anony - collaborate in the fun, na. Start your own blog ;-)

  • At 11:57 PM, Blogger Hob Gadling said…

    I don't know what post-modernism is, and seeing as how it's not going to change the fact that it just started snowing here in the second fucking week of October I don't fucking care, but I do know what paragraphs are and what ellipsis are (Thank you very much Ms. Williams from Std. VII - X) and I can see both being abused in the comments. For God's sake people, stop typing out words as fast as your mind makes them up. It's hard for me to read and it makes my eyes hurt (and I'm already half blind from all the wanking in my youth.)

    Secondly, nothing wrong with being anonymous but I didn't get the point. Vikster is immature because he cribs about certain communities? And this causes communal disharmony? And then Baby Jesus and Baby Krishna weep? Uh oh! Vikster, you better stop!

    In fact, if you can't help yourself, I gladly offer to you my community to make fun of. Seriously, what do we Maharashtrians have to do to get noticed? Make fun, make more fun!

    Thirdly, Vikster cribs too much so that makes him immature? But, but, but, but masterji? That's what makes his posts so damn endearing. That and the fact that he spell and grammar checks.

    On a more serious note, anonymous' comments sounded to me like a veiled attempt at censorship. ("I can't directly tell him to shut up so perhaps I can attack his character and shame him. Let's begin with broad attacks like calling him immature and lacking national spirit and I'm sure other morons will play the gay card.")

    Remove the negativity inside you and you won’t find flaws in places/people; will “truly” be happy! i.e pretend you're happy even though you aren't and shut the fuck up about Sindhis and Gujjus. 1984 all over again.

  • At 1:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If your delicate eyes hurt, don’t read those pieces.

    Also, check your English grammar and sentence constructions before you suggest people here to do so. Ms. Williams’s lessons have not made a positive impact. It’s evident (major technical and basic issues) and so don’t write to others. No one is writing a thesis here. However, if you still insist on the same, we would APPRECIATE that you correct your flaws and we shall all follow your path. Thanks!

    You should also get your facts on the second point (written by you) from a societal perspective to know its implication. Also, apply the multiplying factor to assess the overall impact if such things move on from individuals to groups. You should be involved in an Ethnographic study to see it (it is at a higher magnitude) or else, you are simply writing without knowing the facts. Is that a smart thing?

    The message was not about nationalism either. It was certainly not intended to shame someone or attack his character. I have expressed the real intentions earlier. Vikster and ‘Anonymous’ are cool about it. What is your problem now, dude?

  • At 2:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "pretend you're happy even though you aren't and shut the fuck up"

    achha, America mein aisa hota hai kya?
    Log shut up nahi hotay aur ek dusro ka teeraskar karte hai

    Hume toa nahi pata tha. Ab pata chala lekin humarey dost jo waha hai unhoney toa kucch aur kaha hai

    Lekin anonymousji, apko inn hobji ki bath manani chaheeyeh

    Innhe chup nahi rahana
    chahe yeh dusro ka teeraskar kare

    Yeh shut up nahi ho sakte kyoki RSS/BJP kay hai na
    Upaar sabeet hogaya jab inhonay 1984 kay bare mein leekha hai

    jaath aur majhab kay naampe yeh ek dusro ka teeraskar karma pasaand karte hai

    Yeh freedom of expression mein yakeen karte hai
    lekin yeh bhul gaye ki freedom kay saath responsibility bhi ati hai-dusro kay leeyeh

    Apney anonymousji jo responsibility ki bath ki hai yeh nahi samaj payengey

    Dhanyawaad prabhu jo apnay ase desiyo ko paida kiya jo America jakar bhi nahi sudhrey


    Apka subhchintak from Lucknow

  • At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Vik.. this anonymous guy is funny though verbose..couldn't help skipping through most of his comments since he keeps repeating himself without making a point.

    I just wanted to say you will have more material to make fun of Konkanis at my wedding.. what with gold, gossip and glistening Kanjeevarums (was aiming for an alliteration... courtesy Wren and martin too)..

    And Hob G.. haha snow in October.. haha..it was 70 in MD today:)


  • At 12:53 PM, Blogger Hob Gadling said…

    Hey Priya! :P

    Udhar bhi aayega, ruk thodi der!

  • At 4:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hob- Its going to be 50 over the weekend but just rain no snow:)

    Vik- Btw in case you want to do an audience poll I love posts about food.


  • At 8:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Without making a point .. LOL.. Priya, atleast you must be pretty!
    Have fun

  • At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have to be pretty..I'm related to Vikster:)

    Stay cool:)


  • At 10:51 AM, Blogger Hob Gadling said…

    Hey anonymous!

    You seem to have gotten your panties in a bunch!

    About that second point, I don't have any facts about the societal implications of Vikster's writing, but maybe you can point to the right resource?

    The point however is not whether what Vikster writes has a societal implication or not (Frankly I don't think Vikster is read by enough people to have any implications, sorry Vikster!) The point is that he should have the right to write what he wants without having to be lectured about societal implications.

    Similarly, Mr. Shubchintak from Lucknow lumped me in with the RSS/BJP. That was a new one for me! Here's my point though. Do I support the fascist cesspool of bigotry and hatred that is the RSS/BJP ideology? No. Do I support the right to freedom of expression of morons from the RSS/BJP? Yes. And I do it because I think that right is an extremely important one for democracy to function. 10 years later if the RSS/BJP comes to power and starts censoring you for criticizing them, you can be sure Lucknowman, I'll be by your side supporting your right to freedom of expression too.

    I know, of course, that freedom of expression is not absolute. Shouting fire in a crowded theatre, publishing nude pictures of the exploited underage, inciting murder or violence are all cases where it is not. The RSS/BJP inciting acts of violence is not protected under free speech. Their right to proclaim that Muslims are smelly is. No educated Muslim I know will be offended, seeing the source of such a statement. And even if he (or she) is offended he (or she) can fire a rebuttal.

    Anonymous, I'm glad that Vikster and you cool about it, but like Priya said I didn't quite understand your real purpose anyway. Perhaps I have a comprehension disability. Perhaps my delicate eyes couldn't parse through that maelstrom of ellipsis that was your first two posts. (I'm so glad you fixed that in your reply to me.) So, for my benefit could you repeat your point in simple sentences so I understand? (Also, I'm not good looking at all so you must think I'm screwed huh!)

    And finally seeing as how this is the 33rd comment to post that was completely unrelated to what we're all blathering about, perhaps we can move this discussion to my blog? By sheer coincidence my last two posts have been about censorship in India.

  • At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Are all lucknow guys so stuck-up or is it just u? If u read your posts..u might realise (though there is a very slim chnce of it)..and we will be immensely grateful for it, that you are just not making any sense.
    I dont think you understand writing, and subtelities of it completely escape your fixated mind. you have got more attention than u deserved. Now please spare us.. will give u and everybody else peace.


  • At 2:06 AM, Blogger s said…

    very entertaining. the post, as well as the comments.

  • At 10:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Society is comprised of individuals and each individual leaves an impact. It may be small or large in magnitude. Vikster might not be read like renowned ones but he is leaving an impact too at some level in the society (When he writes, speaks to people etc). Individual impacts communally shape the society as well. It moves on from an individual to another. It grows further from individuals to a group; groups to a community and finally to the society on a larger magnitude.

    I am not sure if you still comprehend this as it's difficult to explain Sociology to dim technocrats as this is not technology. I wish that you were in India to see the impacts yourself and wish you were involved in such a study. It's disgusting to see so much of bias based on caste, status-quo and religion in our country. 'We are all the same' has been forgotten. I understand that freedom of expression is important for democracy but as someone cleverly pointed out above that as per the basic fundamentals of democracy, with freedom also comes in accountability. Accountability towards others! Accountability ensures amalgam of rights and duties as an integral part of democracy. It ensures that personal liberties do not impede our obligation towards others. An essence of democracy! If we all follow this, we can see the change in India. Discrimination on grounds of race, caste, sub-caste, colour and religion will not exist irrespective of shrewd politics. If such a state is desired, each one of us has to ‘Be the Change’. It has to start somewhere! It needs to start at an individual level which will advance to shape our society and lives of our future generations. A better society for all Indians!

    I shared my perspective once again. I had no intention to hurt someone as stated earlier. Please don’t get compulsive and keep shielding. I GOT YOUR POINT – HOB. I hope you understand my ‘perspective’ as well. Yes, it’s just a perspective and may be different from yours. We all have different opinions and there is nothing wrong in comprehending others as well. Also, let’s close this discussion as it’s futile. I tried to convey my civil intention but unfortunately, I don’t think even a ‘perspective’ that’s different will permeate a dense fog. You are right, Hob and so is everything you shared. Thanks, for sharing your wisdom! I hope this sounds pleasing and as someone wrote above “Now please spare us.. Will give u and everybody else peace”. I hope this ends the chapter.

  • At 11:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Just to supplement my perspective above so that it is clear. If we are disgruntled with someone, we have the right to express or crib. But, why do we have to classify and label people in order to do so. I don’t understand this behaviour and so I wrote here.

    If we find something hilarious or nauseating about an aunt, it’s nice to express rather than to hold it inside. It’s a perfect human nature. However, why label that aunt as Punjabi, or Gujju, or Marathi or Konkani aunt? If someone stinks, why label that individual as a ‘Muslim’ who stinks and then express your opinion? I am a Hindu- Punjabi and in my community too there are men who stink just like in Muslims, Marathis, Gujjus, Tamils, Konkanis or others. Don’t we find such people in our communities too? Is this classification required? Do we have to classify and label people based on religion, caste, sub-caste in order to prove the right to freedom of expression? How long will such a thing go on? We can say the same thing without such classifications or labels unless this is the only way out. But, I don’t think it’s the only way out. Isn’t it?

    I found this classification immature and if someone is doing it, I feel that this “behaviour” is indeed immature. It doesn’t mean that the person is immature. We *all* do behave a little immature irrespective of age. But, I wrote here only to convey the perspective as stated in the previous message. I hope that my intention is clear now and it closes this chapter. Have fun!

  • At 8:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Happy Diwali to you all!! Hope Diwali brings you and your family happiness and everything desired.


  • At 9:32 AM, Anonymous raj said…

    will the real “anonymous” please stand up. (it gets real confusing in the middle…)

    I’m all for ppl causing offence; it’s funny most of the time! So, whether you are abusing Sindhis, Gujarathis, Moslems or paragraphs (hob :-p), I’m sure it’s meant in a lighter vain. So lighten up anonymous :-)

    Since when is “status quo” a classification term?

    Must admit, it’s the first time I read about the butterfly effect applied to sociology in blogosphere. Interesting.. but I have my doubts. With polemics such as Ann Coulter abound on the interweb, I don’t see any pogroms happening….. But maybe it’s only a matter of time… Hey you… why that pickaxe? What are you doing… NOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo

  • At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    status-quo is a classification term used in a subjective way now days in social literature- have read about it n is used often and guess thats what s/he meant in that context [ i do understand that this blog is in a lighter vain n i am sure anony. understands it too; at the same time i also understand his point of view, as i am a social scientist and anony.'s thoughts are of concern in the field)

  • At 11:57 PM, Anonymous Sanjeev said…

    the last comment was by me as it may get confusing [raj - thanks]..

  • At 1:49 AM, Blogger samudrika said…

    you missed the shahi tukra at suleimans. that was a dream!

    and the kashmiri sherbet just down the road( if you can stand the way it is served)

    and the rann biryani at shalimar. (one of the best i have had in mumbai and i have had quite a few)

    went there last week and you are right it a whole different planet. enjoyed myself immensely!!

  • At 10:48 PM, Blogger Whimsical_Wanderer said…

    Hi Vikram,

    This is a good post and my mouth is really watering now :)

    However I just wanted to tell you some things about DBs. DB men that you found wearing Jackets on Kurta, called as Saya is wore not while going for namaaz but while going for Ziyarat of the Syedna's Dargah that you saw. So they were going for Ziyarat at that time and not for Namaaz as we don't normally have any namaaz at 10 p.m.

    Ok one more thing is I didn't like the word "nouveau-riche" that you used for DBs. But thinking more, I realized you might be somewhere right!

    BUT one thing I realized now is I surely miss Mumbai and Mohd. Ali Road yaar :(

  • At 3:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You are HOT, Whimsical_Wanderer! I hope you are not straight?

  • At 8:45 AM, Blogger Fanaah said…

    I was gonna say that I really enjoyed the read...but then the comments kind of took over!

    All the same-it was a good read haha.

  • At 1:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    the same? he-he..

  • At 2:41 PM, Blogger Meenakshi said…


    I think anonymous wishes he were SRK. I heard he's even gayer than Christmas in Don. (Sorry to offend all the Christian Don Lovers of this blog). Don't get your Esmerelda Persephones all riled up.

    This commenter needs to really lighten up. I agree that he has a crush on you and you must meet to release aforementioned sexual tension.

    Also Anon: Queen is NOT the same as Gay Slut. Oof. Someone educate this person. Or take him to a GB party this Sat night.

    MEENU (the real deal, and no imitations)

  • At 7:53 AM, Blogger ImmaculateMissConception said…

    well.....you seem to have ruffled a lot of feathers....
    I dont understand what the big deal is...if one finds the Gujju community too loud, or the Sindhis too jhhataak (for the lack of a better term) or the konkani women to gossipy, so what?? its not like Vikram is saying that they are bad humans or evil creatures...
    why shouldnt he be given the freedom of expression to coment on his environment.. i think its one of the freedoms granted to us, isnt it?
    As long he is not offensive about them, it doesnt hurt anyone...and if particular people are too sensitive about it, well then too bad...
    i come from a minority background and have heard a lot of comments made on my community, but i take it in the spirit its intended..if its mean, i retort in a similar fashion, if it is in jest, then i put on my hat and join in..
    and how does it matter what Vikram's sexual preferences are? why does this have to be dragged in? and somehow nobody found THAT offensive and discriminating??? wow...its a bizarre world we live in where people discriminate while complaining about discrimination.

  • At 12:50 AM, Blogger Raghu said…

    "Deep fried, coated in sugar and dripping with oil. I'm almost having an orgasm typing this..."

    I had a hearty laugh reading it. Love coming back to your blog often.

  • At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Did someone discriminate Vikram because of his sexual preference? Where? Imagination, huh! Why would I do that?

    Meenu, I have no such feelings for Vikram as I am busy admiring Iqbal Khan these days and singing "Meray pyaar ki umaar ho itni sanam, terah naam se shuru teray naam se khatam".

  • At 8:26 AM, Blogger haathi said…

    i've heard so much about these areas. but it would probably be considered reallly unsafe for a grl to go there.. unaccompanied. sigh.


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