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!

Thursday, June 19, 2008


For my last weekend in Bangalore, a few thoughts and observations - all my own work (With apologies to Busybee, who has entertained me everyday for the past 3 weeks with his columns from the 1980s in Bombay - Anyone who grew up in Bombay in the 80s and early 90s should get a lot of this )
Like I will be moving back to a Bombay that's flooded by the monsoon. My first real rain in months and I am really looking forward to "butta" on Marine Drive.
Like Carrie and me are really similar. She and her Manhattan, me and my Bombay. She and her Manolo Blahniks, me and my Puma.
Like I came to Bangalore with 2 suitcases full of clothes and am leaving with 18 "cartons" of clothes, book and music. And then I wonder how I manage to spend all my money.
Like it's very liberating to take your shirt off at a club. Tried that last week at Taika and felt like a million bucks afterwards. No pecs and no abs be damned!
Like I will miss sleeping under a quilt. One of the plus points of Bangalore - the fab weather. In Bombay, I'd be hard pressed to get anything on in bed. (And then i wonder why people say I make it too easy !)
Like my first stop in Bombay will be to Elco Arcade to eat some authentic pani puri. Just plain boondi, chutney and spicy water. No grated carrot, no tomato pieces and NO pomergranate!
Like I should start running again. Carter Road will be awesome this time of year.
Like I am afraid, with Bombay rents being what they are, I will no longer be a Bandra boi - more a Lokhandwala munda.
Like Portuguese will be a cool language to learn. Great music and cinema and hot Brazilians to flirt with.
Like it will be nice to work in a highrise looking out into the stormy sea. (Note to self: Figure out who to sleep with to get office with window view)
Like it will be weird to travel by train again. I haven't done that regularly since 1994.
Like it's 10 years since college graduation! And I need to track my graduating class down and see where everyone ended up. I bet there are only a handful of single people left.
Like at this year's reunion, we will need separate tables and clowns for all the kids.
Like I am super happy that my awesome friends F and J adopted 2 awesome kids to complete their family. It's always a pleasure to watch another gay couple making it work. Gives the rest of us cynics and pessimists hope (Thus negating the definitions of cynic and pessimist - but I digress)
Like the next post will come to you from my awesome Bombay - probably from a laptop at the Cafe Coffee Gay on Carter Road.


  • At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    but whyyyyyyyy would you leave??!? :(

  • At 8:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    what happened to bandra? ur parental home? if i may, has all the public appearance affected anything? Forgive if i've asked a sensitive question

    by the way, welcome back, mumbai is the same

  • At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Kush said…

    You know Vik. There is always at least one comment in your blog that cracks me up; for it seems like me thinking aloud. In your previous posting, I shared with you my love for Skinny Jeans and in this posting, I share with you my disgust for pomegranate in Paani Puri's. And as I am writing this, I am laughing thinking what if the next Pride Parade were to flag personal likes and dislikes like "NO to pomegranate in Paani Puris". I bet if nothing, the Paani Puri's would surely gain a lot of gay attention. Have fun moving out. Cheers!

  • At 11:20 PM, Blogger rUpiE said…

    Have fun... good Ol' Mumbai .. here comes good (old) Vikkky boi....

  • At 5:20 AM, Blogger Ipshi said…

    hey thats wonderful news!! i started readign ur blog and becoming a fan right when u were moving to banglore. have been more and more of a fan since iv been reading up all ur archives and such. I'm so glad ur coming back... wooohooo!

  • At 10:36 PM, Blogger sahil said…

    OMG !!!! supppppppppp .... u ve no idea hw impressed wid ya after readin ur blog )))))) nw i m totally convinced so as to y u cn get me discount in prada !!!! wink wink !!!

  • At 12:09 AM, Anonymous irock said…

    Welcome Back Mumbai boi .... sambuca shots on me at the shack ....Ooops i meant Sour Apple Martini .....LOL !!!


  • At 4:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    you missed the AWESOME pride parade in blore!!! (and your silly mumbai didnt even have one. whats up with that?)

  • At 9:41 PM, Blogger Kush said…

    The B-word: It seems, that by some good karma, the 'B' word has come to define your life in many ways: 'B'oston, 'B'ombay, 'B'angalore, 'B'oys and of-course, this 'B'log. And I sincerely hope 'B'alaji Telefilms is not part of this list or for that matter, your life. HA!

  • At 4:26 AM, Blogger *Aham* said…

    hoi Vik, I am so happy that you are here. I loved spending some good time with you. Needless to say, I love your company, Mera pehla crush that you are...

    Vik, solpa more often blog kar na... the list of sourapplemartini deewaana's is growing and growing and growing...

  • At 1:52 AM, Blogger Vikster said…

    Anony 1: I honestly didn't like Bangalore..I felt it has to grow up a little to get into city league. I just wasn't very comfy there and I didn't have any real friends there.

    Anony 2: The parental home is very much there..as is Bandra..as is me in it! My parents have maintained a studied silence on the appearance...just the way I like it!

    Kush: Glad we gel in those terms...I must admit, when I dislike something, I REALLY dislike it. And pomegranates in pani puri are a HUGE no no.
    Look out for me next Pride when I have the anti-pomegranate (and anti rebonded hair) banner.

    Rupie: Thank..pity I couldn't spend any time with you in Blore.

    Ipshi: So meet me!

    Sahil: You come to Bombay first and then we'll talk! And remember, my price ain't cheap!

    IRock: No sambuca please! Nasty college incident (involving a bucket, a mop and a very angry mother) come to mind.

    Anony 3: I know! Apparently Bombay had territorial issues with both orgs trying to gain mileage outta it. In the end, no one won.

    Kush: You have no idea how close you are to the (gory) truth.

    Aham: Now that I'm here in town, you can always tell me this in person na?

  • At 5:25 AM, Blogger Wild Reeds said…

    Welcome home Aamcho Bandrache Saibini.

  • At 5:27 AM, Blogger Vikster said…


    Saibini is SO not me ;-)

  • At 12:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sorry for prying...but are you going to be working in Express Towers? If so, I am a couple of floors above the agency's. We should catch up for lunch sometime...cheese masala dosa at the Zunka Bhakar. Greasier than me! Cheers!

  • At 12:09 AM, Blogger Vikster said…

    Sure...meet me by the 15th Floor lift LOL!

    DO I know you?


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