Friday, December 26, 2008

A month after Terror hit Mumbai..

After 30 days of the carnage at Taj,CST,Oberoi and CAMA Mumbai is getting back to being its own self,but somethings will never be the same again.
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The famous open New year gathering outside the Taj at the Gateway will have fewer people.

The will and conscience of Mumbaikars will force them to have a subdued new year bash.

Many will skip the entire ritual for good.

180 affected families will never forget the date 26/11 as it changed and scarred there life forever.

The Mumbai janta will miss the heroism of Salaskar the upstanding Karkare and the youthful Kamte.

Back at Kerala Uniikrishnans parents will be alone and a gloomy future ahead devoid of there son.
As of now..
Poor kid Moshe from Nariman house is back in Mumbai with his grand parents to pay tributes to his slain parents without comprehending the fuss around it.

The dance and singing at the Gateway last night by the Jews was a slap on the face of terrorism and a wonderful memo of the resilient and steadfast Jew community who knows terror more than any other community.

The decision of resurrecting the Nariman House or buying another property in Mumbai by the Jews is a wonderful gesture of humanity.
At the same time..

The brave staff of Taj and Oberoi will work hard to please the guests but the loss of there colleagues and guest in those dreaded days will be on top of there minds.

What never changes is the rush hour crowds at Churchgate, Dadar,Andheri,Dombivli,CST et el.

Mumbai is looking like a city on guard as one can see a lot of police and armed security at most public places...

We are learning to getting back to what we are "The famed Mumbaikar" with a paramount work ethic and enjoying the life at its fullest..

May god bless Mumbai and India in its fight against terrorism and organised crime...Amen

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Muslims in Mumbai.

Post the attacks on Mumbai Bakri id passed where the Muslim brethren were subdued and the fair was less than ostentatious.
The prominence of jihad and muslim terror plays havoc with law abiding Muslims.The propensity of Muslims involved in terror acts worldwide add salt to injury.
Some of my Muslim friends feel obliged to prove there credentials as an Indian every time there is a terror act.
The collective wisdom of the Maulavi and ulema needs to emphasize the importance of education and healthy living to all.
If i take the example of Muslim ghettos in Mumbai like Meera road ,Nagpada,Mumbra and Kalwa,
These areas are synonymous with bad drainage ,ill planned buildings and illegal construction.
Majority of terrorist find there safe heaven in these areas.
Most banks don't issue credit cards and home loans in these areas??
In my personal experience the well educated Muslims are better off and think like the majority.But where the education is less its a dark world..
I ask myself often why all tailors,bandwala,garage mechanic and people doing menial job are mostly Muslims??
Why doesn't the Muslims of India produce a leader of national calibre?
Why the chancellor of the Aligarh university has to defend the so called terrorist?
The politicians will not give any answers for these as the answer will imbalance the vote bank politics.
But the Muslim community must think and ask themselves how long they will blame all and the sundry for there wows?  

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Taj..Great customer service..


The Mumbai terror act has been condemned and the dastardly act abhored by the media and the masses.
The Internet has given the platform for people like me to voice our anger, concerns and grief to fellow citizens around the globe.
The service industry saw one of the most dedicated service by the employee of Taj nad Oberoi in dire times.
Many laid there lifes to save the guest..
here is a true account...

Heroes At The Taj

Michael Pollack , 12.01.08, 07:40 PM EST

After survival words of thank's..

My story begins innocuously, with a dinner reservation in a world-class hotel. It ends 12 hours later after the Indian army freed us.

My point is not to sensationalize events. It is to express my gratitude and pay tribute to the staff of the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, who sacrificed their lives so that we could survive. They, along with the Indian army, are the true heroes that emerged from this tragedy.

My wife, Anjali, and I were married in the Taj's Crystal Ballroom. Her parents were married there, too, and so were Shiv and Reshma, the couple with whom we had dinner plans. In fact, my wife and Reshma, both Bombay girls, grew up hanging out and partying the night away there and at the Oberoi Hotel, another terrorist target.

The four of us arrived at the Taj around 9:30 p.m. for dinner at the Golden Dragon, one of the better Chinese restaurants in Mumbai. We were a little early, and our table wasn't ready. So we walked next door to the Harbor Bar and had barely begun to enjoy our beers when the host told us our table was ready. We decided to stay and finish our drinks.

Thirty seconds later, we heard what sounded like a heavy tray smashing to the ground. This was followed by 20 or 30 similar sounds and then absolute silence. We crouched behind a table just feet away from what we now knew were gunmen. Terrorists had stormed the lobby and were firing indiscriminately.

We tried to break the glass window in front of us with a chair, but it wouldn't budge. The Harbour Bar's hostess, who had remained at her post, motioned to us that it was safe to make a run for the stairwell. She mentioned, in passing, that there was a dead body right outside in the corridor. We believe this courageous woman was murdered after we ran away.

(We later learned that minutes after we climbed the stairs, terrorists came into the Harbour Bar, shot everyone who was there and executed those next door at the Golden Dragon. The staff there was equally brave, locking their patrons into a basement wine cellar to protect them. But the terrorists managed to break through and lob in grenades that killed everyone in the basement.)

We took refuge in the small office of the kitchen of another restaurant, Wasabi, on the second floor.. Its chef and staff served the four of us food and drink and even apologized for the inconvenience we were suffering.

Through text messaging, e-mail on BlackBerrys and a small TV in the office, we realized the full extent of the terrorist attack on Mumbai. We figured we were in a secure place for the moment. There was also no way out.

At around 11:30 p.m., the kitchen went silent. We took a massive wooden table and pushed it up against the door, turned off all the lights and hid. All of the kitchen workers remained outside; not one staff member had run.

The terrorists repeatedly slammed against our door. We heard them ask the chef in Hindi if anyone was inside the office. He responded calmly: "No one is in there. It's empty." That is the second time the Taj staff saved our lives.

After about 20 minutes, other staff members escorted us down a corridor to an area called The Chambers, a members-only area of the hotel. There were about 250 people in six rooms. Inside, the staff was serving sandwiches and alcohol. People were nervous, but cautiously optimistic. We were told The Chambers was the safest place we could be because the army was now guarding its two entrances and the streets were still dangerous. There had been attacks at a major railway station and a hospital.

But then, a member of parliament phoned into a live newscast and let the world know that hundreds of people--including CEOs, foreigners and members of parliament-- were "secure and safe in The Chambers together." Adding to the escalating tension and chaos was the fact that, via text and cellphone, we knew that the dome of the Taj was on fire and that it could move downward.

At around 2 a.m., the staff attempted an evacuation. We all lined up to head down a dark fire escape exit. But after five minutes, grenade blasts and automatic weapon fire pierced the air. A mad stampede ensued to get out of the stairwell and take cover back inside The Chambers.

After that near-miss, my wife and I decided we should hide in different rooms. While we hoped to be together at the end, our primary obligation was to our children. We wanted to keep one parent alive. Because I am American and my wife is Indian, and news reports said the terrorists were targeting U.S. and U.K. nationals, I believed I would further endanger her life if we were together in a hostage situation.

So when we ran back to The Chambers I hid in a toilet stall with a floor-to-ceiling door and my wife stayed with our friends, who fled to a large room across the hall.

For the next seven hours, I lay in the fetal position, keeping in touch with Anjali via BlackBerry. I was joined in the stall by Joe, a Nigerian national with a U.S. green card. I managed to get in touch with the FBI, and several agents gave me status updates throughout the night.

I cannot even begin to explain the level of adrenaline running through my system at this point. It was this hyper-aware state where every sound, every smell, every piece of information was ultra-acute, analyzed and processed so that we could make the best decisions and maximize the odds of survival.

Was the fire above us life-threatening? What floor was it on? Were the commandos near us, or were they terrorists? Why is it so quiet? Did the commandos survive? If the terrorists come into the bathroom and to the door, when they fire in, how can I make my body as small as possible? If Joe gets killed before me in this situation, how can I throw his body on mine to barricade the door? If the Indian commandos liberate the rest in the other room, how will they know where I am? Do the terrorists have suicide vests? Will the roof stand? How can I make sure the FBI knows where Anjali and I are? When is it safe to stand up and attempt to urinate?

Meanwhile, Anjali and the others were across the corridor in a mass of people lying on the floor and clinging to each other. People barely moved for seven hours, and for the last three hours they felt it was too unsafe to even text.. While I was tucked behind a couple walls of marble and granite in my toilet stall, she was feet from bullets flying back and forth. After our failed evacuation, most of the people in the fire escape stairwell and many staff members who attempted to protect the guests were shot and killed.

The 10 minutes around 2:30 a.m. were the most frightening. Rather than the back-and-forth of gunfire, we just heard single, punctuated shots. We later learned that the terrorists went along a different corridor of The Chambers, room by room, and systematically executed everyone: women, elderly, Muslims, Hindus, foreigners. A group huddled next to Anjali was devout Bori Muslims who would have been slaughtered just like everyone else, had the terrorists gone into their room.. Everyone was in deep prayer and most, Anjali included, had accepted that their lives were likely over. It was terrorism in its purest form. No one was spared.

The next five hours were filled with the sounds of an intense grenade/gun battle between the Indian commandos and the terrorists. It was fought in darkness; each side was trying to outflank the other.

By the time dawn broke, the commandos had successfully secured our corridor. A young commando led out the people packed into Anjali's room. When one woman asked whether it was safe to leave, the commando replied: "Don't worry, you have nothing to fear. The first bullets have to go through me."

The corridor was laced with broken glass and bullet casings. Every table was turned over or destroyed. The ceilings and walls were littered with hundreds of bullet holes. Blood stains were everywhere, though, fortunately, there were no dead bodies to be seen.

A few minutes after Anjali had vacated, Joe and I peeked out of our stall. We saw multiple commandos and smiled widely. I had lost my right shoe while sprinting to the toilet so I grabbed a sheet from the floor, wrapped it around my foot and proceeded to walk over the debris to the hotel lobby.

Anjali and I embraced for the first time in seven hours in the Taj's ground floor entrance. I didn't know whether she was dead or injured because we hadn't been able to text for the past three hours.

I wanted to take a picture of us on my BlackBerry, but Anjali wanted us to get out of there before doing anything.

She was right--our ordeal wasn't completely over. A large bus pulled up in front of the Taj to collect us and, just about as it was fully loaded, gunfire erupted again. The terrorists were still alive and firing automatic weapons at the bus. Anjali was the last to get on the bus, and she eventually escaped in our friend's car. I ducked under some concrete barriers for cover and wound up the subject of photos that were later splashed across the media. Shortly thereafter, an ambulance came and drove a few of us to safety. An hour later, Anjali and I were again reunited at her parents' home. Our Thanksgiving had just gained a lot more meaning.

Some may say our survival was due to random luck, others might credit divine intervention. But 72 hours removed from these events, I can assure you only one thing: Far fewer people would have survived if it weren't for the extreme selflessness shown by the Taj staff, who organized us, catered to us and then, in the end, literally died for us.

They complemented the extreme bravery and courage of the Indian commandos, who, in a pitch-black setting and unfamiliar, tightly packed terrain, valiantly held the terrorists at bay.

It is also amazing that, out of our entire group, not one person screamed or panicked. There was an eerie but quiet calm that pervaded--one more thing that got us all out alive. Even people in adjacent rooms, who were being executed, kept silent.

It is much easier to destroy than to build, yet somehow humanity has managed to build far more than it has ever destroyed. Likewise, in a period of crisis, it is much easier to find faults and failings rather than to celebrate the good deeds. It is now time to commemorate our heroes.

Michael Pollack is a general partner of Glenhill Capital, a firm he co-founded in 2001.


Monday, December 01, 2008

Mumbai now..

Returned to work after a forced leave of 4 days.There is a desperation around the people look shaken and jolted.Every street corner has put a notice or poster of the three Martyrs from Mumbai police.
The Mumbai local train talk veered around terror and how ineffective our Government and security apparatus is.
M J Akbar wrote an article in TOI Sunday about the smuggling of drugs and contra band goods from Pak to India via Karachi to Mumbai.How this network is managed by the mafia and underworld in conjunction with coast guard and local politicians!!
He questioned the elite who snuff the precious heroin and LSD knowing very well that its originated from Pak and reached by illegal root?
Some points to ponder!!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Patil gone Finally!!Huh!!

Oh what a relief.The people of India were sick and tired of seeing the plastic smile and hollow sorrow of Shivraj Patil.
His resignation cost India many a lives.
Its a shame that he continued so long even after terrible non performance.
I always thought he is good for handling some trivial committee where you don't have life at threat.
In the current congress regime there is lack of leadership.So the post should remain with PM or be given to Sharad Pawar??

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mumbai calm but thinking!!

Mood is sombre and of gloom.The worst is over its time to revisit the dreaded plot to figure out what happened and how it could have been averted.
The eyes were damp and heart heavy to see the cremation ceremony of the martyrs.
I must commend the Indian TV journolist who risked there own life to bring to us the live action.The known faces like Arnab,Sriniwasan,Barkha,Sachin Chaudhry,Deepak and many more did a splendid and tiresome job.
The commitment was exemplary.The ultimate sacrifice of our Armed forces has been witnessed by the entire country and it will not go unnoticed.
The cheap political mileage drawn by politicians is so evident an so nauseating.
The divisive politicians who talked about driving the North Indians away from Mumbai were in there safe home when our commandos were fighting the NSG martyr Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan was from Bihar regiment and from Bangalore so was Gajendra Singh from Uttranchal Dehrahun.
India is united today against terror and will remember this for long time.
The current polls must have witnessed a strong polarisation against the central government and Congress.
The nicely dressed and well maintained Home minister was not to be seen.
He didn't had the guts or credential to visit any targeted site.
The Navy comments and says it did great work by sending the Marcos but what they did when the Speed boats came to Mumbai without check.??
Its time that security agencies did a solid introspection rather than blaming each other??
we pay our taxes and provide the best amenities to our armed forces to safeguard our borders and country.
So in my opinion if a police man dies in call of duty or a armed forces man dies in call of duty its his or her job.Isn't it?
Its good to praise extraordinary bravery but at the same time Indian public pays for all of them so its there duty too...
I may sound harsh but if i work in armed forces i know i owe my life to my country.
The real Armed forces man is ready for the supreme sacrifice any time if not, the terrorist will always win!!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Mumbai terror update.

In the ongoing operation at Mumbai against the terrorist at TAJ the fight is still on.The media is giving conflicting reports some time one terrorist some times six?
The sad end to Nariman house operation was confirmed with the death of all 5 hostages all Jews.
This is a terrible happening for terror struck Israeli people.Terror struck at them even in foreign location.
The Oberoi saw evacuation of 93 people mostly foreign guest.But the sad killing of 30 hostages was also confirmed who's identity is yet to be ascertained.
Politicians visit and lip service has begun, the terror link, the Pak connection, the Underworld connection as prophesied by me in my anger venting first post.

Mumbai Update..

The ongoing hostage crisis is still on with the media and the security personnel keeping the vigil on.
The spirit of Mumbai is scarred,yesterday most offices and institutions remained shut.
Too many Breaking News adds to the confusion and chaos.
The heart cries for the bereaved families of Taj and Oberoi staff as well as the guest of our city who were on their trip to Mumbai.
The world wide phenomenon called terrorism is here to stay?
The so called Jehadis who spoke to India TV were ready to die for there cause?
But what cause?
This terror act will do what make the majority think of Muslims more sympathetically or will cause more divide?
The killed and wounded are of all religion not Hindus or Jews only?
Its time that a corrective and decisive action be taken by India keeping its allies in confidence and take strong action.
Its high time,How long our adjoining countries will continue to foster the organisation and people who has one point agenda of causing damage to the democratic fabric of India.
The people of Mumbai has maintains patients and peace in this highly polarised time. 

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Why it's Mumbai, always??

As a common man i was forced to sleep at 2 AM in Morning while the police fought the terrorist!!
But couldn't sleep..Got up at 5 AM to catch up on the update.
I cried after knowing that ATS chief Hemant Karkare,Encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar and Add DIG Amte faced the bullets while i slept!!
Got lot of calls from friends and family about my own well being.
The biggest farce for me is the news that 200 NSG commandos being called from Delhi?Don't we have them in MUmbai?Why do we pay our taxes Why all NSG is busy saving the politicians when we die each day.Its the softest target the Great Mumbai!!
I was told as a kid that our Navy and Coast guard are the saviours who protect our waters!!
Is this protection?
What is done during the half hourly helicopter surveillance under taken by Coast guards?
I have no questions from the Intelligence community?They are great as they must be busy working overtime on vote shares in the ensuing and forthcoming elections.
I know what fate as a Mumbaikar i have?
1.The NEWS channels will report the terror attack for few days.
2.High profile visits will be undertaken of the site and hospitals?
3.Compensation will be announced for the dead?
4.The home minister will get another great opportunity to show his class and style in dressing?
5.The Pakistani angle will be explored?
6.Underworld links will be established?
7.The investigation will continue?
8.Those who are directly not involves will forget the attack slowly?
9.The spirit of Mumbai will be praised and commended?
All this till the next terror attack???
Then what ??
All this will be repeated again!!
We will continue to get the third grade policing and security.
Yes VIP security will be increased many fold??
Welcome to my India and my home Mumbai.Don't worry till its your turn..

Mumbai terror strike...

Mumbai: In one of the most violent terror attacks on Indian soil, Mumbai came under an unprecedented night attack as terrorists used heavy 
Terror attacks in Mumbai
Dome of Taj hotel in flames in Mumbai after the terror attack (AFP Photo)

machine guns, including AK-47s, and grenades to strike at the city's most high-profile targets -- the hyper-busy CST (formerly VT) rail terminus; the landmark Taj Hotel at the Gateway and the luxury Oberoi Trident at Nariman Point; the domestic airport at Santa Cruz; the Cama and GT hospitals near CST; the Metro Adlabs multiplex and Mazgaon Dockyard -- killing at least 80 and sending more than 900 to hospital, according to latest reports. 

The attacks have taken a tragic toll on the city's top police brass: The high-profile chief of the anti-terror squad Hemant Karkare was killed; Mumbai's additional commissioner of police (east) Ashok Kamte was gunned down outside the Metro; and celebrated encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar was also killed. 

The attacks appeared to be aimed at getting international attention as the terrorists took upto 40 British nationals and other foreigners hostage. The chairman of Hindustan Unilever Harish Manwani and CEO of the company Nitin Paranjpe were among the guests trapped at the Oberoi. All the internal board members of the multinational giant were reported to be holed up in the Oberoi hotel. 

Two terrorists were reported holed up inside the Oberoi Hotel. Fresh firing has been reported at Oberoi and Army has entered the hotel to flush out the terrorists. 

An unknown outfit, Deccan Mujahideen, has sent an email to news organizations claiming that it carried out the Mumbai attacks. 

The Army and Navy in Mumbai were put on alert. 65 Army commandos and 200 NSG commandos were being rushed to Mumbai, Home Minister Shivraj Patil said. 

The Navy commandos too have been asked to assist the police. Special secretary M L Kumawat is in constant touch with the state police. 

Some media reports attributed the attack to Lashkar-e-Taiba. There were also unconfirmed reports that some of the terrorists came in by sea. A boat laden with explosives was recovered later at night off the Gateway of India. 

Well after midnight, sources said two of the terrorists were shot and wounded at Girgaum in south Mumbai. The two were driving in a commandeered silver-coloured Skoda car. Earlier, these men had sprayed bullets from a police Bolero, outside the Metro Adlabs multiplex. 

The attacks occurred at the busiest places. Besides hotels and hospitals, terrorists struck at railway stations, Crawford Market, Wadi Bunder and on the Western Express Highway near the airport. Several of these places are within a one-km radius of the commissioner of police's office. 

"This is definitely a terrorist strike. Seven places have been attacked with automatic weapons and grenades. Terrorists are still holed up in three locations Taj and Oberoi hotels and GT Hospital. Encounters are on at all three places," said Maharashtra DGP A N Roy. 

St George's Hospital and G T Hospital were said to have received 75 bodies and more than 250 injured people, additional municipal commissioner R A Rajeev said. Bombay Hospital got two bodies and 30 injured people were admitted there; Cooper Hospital, Vile Parle, got three dismembered bodies. 

Three of the deaths occurred inside the Taj and one G T Hospital attendant died in a shootout inside the hospital. There were reports of people cowering under tables and chairs at both the Taj as well as G T Hospital. 

Metro Junction resident Manoj Goel said: "My brother, Manish, died in the firing at Colaba's Hamaal Galli." Cops fired back at the men -- probably from one of the Lashkar groups, dressed in black and with backpacks and SRPF, Crime Branch, ATS and teams of military commandos were summoned to the spot. Train services at CST were suspended and all roads leading to and from south Mumbai were blockaded. 

Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh cut short his Kerala visit and was returning to Mumbai. He described the situation in Mumbai as "very serious". 

Deshmukh promised "stringent action" against the assailants but the mood across Mumbai was not so optimistic. 

Friday, November 21, 2008

Too little too late....

The Western railways started 23 new services in Mumbai.If it would have been any other city it would have meant considerable improvement in the  prevailing situation but Mumbai Meri Jan is different??
 What you do of a travel system where 16-17 person /square meter travel during peak hours.
The bone crushing pressure is to be experienced to be believed!!
During those inhuman and painful moments my heart cries out loud,This is the status of the transport system of the financial capital of India??
I also let a silent prayer go for the fellow commuters who die each day in pursuit of going to office and Home!!
Mumbai loses 3500 lives per year due to train accidents,majority due to fall caused during peak hours.
Think of it you are so helpless and fending for your own life that you let the person next to fall from a running train to be killed instantly or maimed for life..Mumbai Ishtyle!!(Hadso ka Seher
Each year the rail minister pases the Rail budget and ignore the plight of commoners dying in pitiful condition.
Government spends and make more flyovers??What about more trains??
When Maneka Gandhi cries against animal brutality i feel envious of the animal!Cause they have a spokesperson we have non.
The rich and influential travel in cars and air its the common man who is forced to travel in a train or crowded bus.
The situation is more so dangerous if one travels from Virar to Borivli.
The politicians who are fighting for trivial issues can take the trains cause in hand and gain a ready made irate customer who will vote for party which brings more trains.
As of now its too little too late...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mumbai's Local talk on economy!!!

They say the great Mumbai local is the kaleidoscope of livid and vivid Mumbai..
During my daily commute on the western track(Chuchgate to Virar) i observe a lot of things,best is the banter and free talk and camaraderie which the fellow hassled commuters share.
Its not surprising to find the reflection of current global meltdown in daily banter.
It all started when Lehman got bust..The joke doing rounds was Lehman has turned into Lemon and sells the same instead of shares and debentures!!!
The job cut initiated by the Citi group has been a cause of concern as its going to affect 52000 families.The hushed tones of share traders and business people is out and loud now.The stories of traders going berserk due to the downturn and suicides by Sensex affected families are abound.
The job cuts are evident as told by a fellow commuter a trading house has reduced its western staff strenght from 62 to 16!!
IDBI home finance western track has 9 sales man as compared to 19 just 3 months back.
The effect is evident in market and more so in malls,,
I wonder where has all the money went in last three months and why its getting worse by the day.
Hiring in most companies is on hold,the flashy biz schools are worried about the placements and job scenario.The real state market is still holding tight..
There is caution in the approach people used to do business earlier its a lack of trust and faith in the system...

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Chatth on despite tension in Mumbai.

Police, paramilitary forces and CCTVs kept a close watch over scores of Chhath Puja venues in Mumbai on Tuesday despite Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray's assurance about not disrupting celebrations.

There are 19 main locations around various beach fronts in the city, including the oldest and most popular venue, Juhu beach, where nearly half a million devotees are expected in the evening. The festival is primarily celebrated by people from Bihar.

Chhath Puja will also be held at the historic Banganga Tank, Navy Nagar, Gorai Creek, Bhayander Creek, Thane Creek, Marve Beach, Manori Beach, Madh Island, the beach front in Navi Mumbai and Thane, and the Ulhas river in Thane district.

In an unprecedented step by the state government, Mumbai Police will be aided by the Rapid Action Force and State Reserve Police Force to monitor the law and order situation during celebrations.

Security has been beefed up in view of recent attacks on non-Maharashtrians, particularly those from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, by the MNS. Under fire for the violence, Thackerary has said, he is not opposed to Chhath Puja as long as it is not politicised.

But police are taking no chances.

Additional Police Commissioner (West Region) Archana Tyagi said apart from the 19 main venues in the city and suburbs, police will also be present in strength at all the approach roads.

When asked about possible disruptions, Tyagi said: "We are fully geared for any kind of eventuality and will take appropriate action as warranted by the situation."

Similarly, in Ulhasnagar in neighbouring Thane district, the town’s legislator Suresh Pappu Kalani has deployed 1,000 activists of his Republican Party of India (RPI) to keep a watch on celebrations at the main venue on the banks of Ulhas river, and in the nearby Kalyan-Dombivli towns.

He said his party activists would ensure that north Indians get an opportunity to perform their traditional festival peacefully.

Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam, who initiated public Chhath Puja celebrations in Mumbai in 1998, said the response among people was “tremendous and enthusiastic”.

“We do not foresee any disturbances for a purely religious gathering and we are sure that with police out in large numbers, the celebrations will pass off as usual,” Nirupam said, while supervising the last minute arrangements at Juhu beach.

Incidentally, he started Chhat Puja celebrations in Mumbai in a big way when he was a two-term Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member, and it was seen as an attempt to woo the north Indian community.

The city administration has advised organisers to play devotional songs instead of blaring out Bollywood numbers during celebrations. They have restricted political parties’ logos or slogans on banners and hoardings at prayer venues.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Mumbai Tensed!!!

MUmbai is tense and volatile now.There is clear demarcation of Bhhayas and non Bhhayas.
While the Bihari and UPites feel insecure moving around the multitude of migrants feel secure.
Raj thakre has got bail and is resting at his residence.
But he has got an unfinished task of cleaning Mumbai of its migrants.Great work sir!!
Once you are done with cleaning Mumbai of All Bhayiyas think of Gujarati,Parsi,Muslims,Catholics and oh the omnipresent Malyalis the Sheety's and the backbone of your multimillion dollar film industry Punjabies.
How wonderful Mumbai will look if only Marathis are left!!
One step further keep only Kolis in Mumbai after all it was there village??

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Terror and our response!!

We have become used to the blood and gore on our streets,courtesy the extremist who are hell bent on killing Innocent humans for god knows which dogma.
In my opinion we are the most soft state when it comes to terror and tackling it.
The union home minister believes in looking prim and proper for the photo op rather than providing the courage and direction to the crippled state machinery.
terror is a swift blow by anti nationals the response too needs to be swift?
Our government is not responsible!
Because if i define responsibility: its your ability to  respond?
Our home ministry officials say they are getting experience courtesy blasts?
Wonderful?
We common men have been subjected to all sort of weird experiments all ready please spare our lives.
The unsolved terror cases of past are the certificates our security agencies take pride in wearing on their sleeves.
Today when i travel in local trains of Mumbai the common refrain from people is why don't the politicians are killed why the common man?
A Wednesday depicted the common mans anger and what could happen if even a common man decides to fight back.
Our politicians lack the guts to take terror head on cause they will antagonise Muslims.
Its a wrong notion the common god fearing Muslim is not the terrorist its the minority extremist.But Islam has to look into its conscience why majority of terrorist world over are Muslims.This is such a stigma which makes common Muslims feel ashamed.
Frankly when in public places i have stopped to look around and be suspicious of threat,cause its my destiny when ever terror strikes.
Its a surreal feeling which every office goer faces in Mumbai today.
We are counting days,one more day has passed and god willing i am back with my family.Lets see tmrw>>

Monday, August 04, 2008

Cancer its impact.

I wrote once life is relative.

Pain, sorrow happiness and ecstasy all relative.

Like the weather, it’s a perpetual cycle which keeps the wheels of life running.

One of the best places to see this motion of life is a general hospital, where there is happiness in the maternity ward cause some one is getting born!

But sorrow in the trauma and casualty ,some body died young cause of a deadly road accident!!

My trips to Tata hospital has been a source of introspection and thinking about life. The sorrow the pain the anguish, the irritation and helplessness of the family members!!

The whole atmosphere is so frightening that a toughie like my father started to realize the gravity of having Cancer.

The innocent and hollow faces of the children’s of Cancer are haunting. My Heart cries for the loss of health and childhood of these gifts of God.

The sufferers are the parents off course who move from one department to the other carrying their child like zombies!!

I can’t forget the incidence when a small boy was brushed lightly by my hand while crossing the crowded ally of Tata memorial hospital Mumbai; the deep cry of pain made me stop and sooth him by saying sorry profusely.

In response to my touch on his head the crying child turned towards me, what an innocent face but minus one eye?

The darkness in the hollows of the eye socket hit me hard!!

Why god why the children??

They never smoked? They never committed the sins of current lifestyle to attract Cancer?

I have to take Papa to Tata tomorrow; my heart is dreading the place for the pain and anguishes the despair and the emptiness. It’s a tough call!!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Cancer!!!

Cancer!! The word itself spells doom. This is the worst that could happen to the human mind. It takes just the knowledge of the fact that you have got a cancer that the whole outlook towards life changes. It was during the routine checkup of my father that a small lesion in the left kidney was found. Thanks to the brilliance of the physician Dr Santosh Pillai from Vasai. My father who is a toughie suddenly became pale and looked weak. Once the Dr declared after the CT scan that we need to see a specialist he grew suspicious and scarred. He started to tell me what he owes and what others owe him? I told hang on papa you are going no where and this is just the start and since we know it so early it can very well be resolved. All these words had very little effect on his mindset. But when I took him to Tata memorial hospital at Parel he saw the vast multitude of people suffering with different cancer and of different degree. What pained him maximum was the suffering of the kids as young as 3-4 years old. The cancer kids are conspicuous by there bald head due to chemo and medication. What doesn’t change is the child in them! I saw a 5 yr old kid who got a report from one of the labs. As soon as he got the paper he went in to a rush to file it in his fat medical file treating it as a mark of achievement!! My heart cried for the suffering the poor kid is going thru, but was happy to see the child in him so energetic and full of life. In evening when my Papa returned home he was a different man. I could see him holding my 5 months old child tightly and longer than usual as to thank god for the gift of good health to our kids! Life is relative all bliss and all sorrow is relative

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Mumbai voted the best for Business.

It’s India Inc’s Love Story 2050. And the theme remains the same. Top corporate bosses in India are still going with Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi as the cities of the future. The new-age wannabes such as Pune, Surat and Indore may have got their act together, but so far India Inc is not ready to buy into their script. At least not just yet.

Bangalore — India’s very own Silicon Valley — may be plagued by bad roads and terrible traffic but that hasn’t stopped the city from getting ahead of the capital Delhi to emerge as the second most futuristic city in the country. Delhi is, however, ahead of Bangalore on the list of India’s investment-friendly cities.

For corporate India, Mumbai still tops the chart of investment-friendly cities, and is positioned as India’s most futuristic city. ‘Cities of the future’ is a ranking on the basis infrastructure preparedness and getting policy in place.

According to the SundayET CEO perception poll, conducted by global market research agency Synovate, the list of top five futuristic cities also include Ahmedabad and Chennai.

The corporate honchos ranked Hyderabad and Kolkata as sixth and seventh, whereas Patna and Guwahati are perceived to be the most investor-unfriendly cities.

The perception survey, conducted between May 12 and 21, 2008, had a sample size of 150 CEOs who were chosen from ET 500 companies. The CEOs based out of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Ahmedabad, belonged to diverse industry sectors such as FMCG, manufacturing, IT, telecom, financial services and auto among others.

Though experts feel that new kids on the block — Pune, Surat and Indore — have rolled out the right strategies to position themselves as cities of the future, the captains of India Inc are yet to perceive them as leading urban hubs in the decades to come. Whereas Pune is ranked as the eighth most futuristic city, Surat stands at 10th in the list of 20 cities.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Why to Blog?

It was in October 2006 getting inspired by the super girl Abby Lee A la "One track mind"that i started this blog called "Bombay Today".

The experience has been interesting and fulfilling,i have got praise as well as brickbats also.My blog "Indian Thinking" gave me exposure and i was contacted by an Italian magazine called 'JACK".
They asked me to write a short piece on Mumbai as an insider sees it.I did the piece and was informed of its getting published,but the real thing was so good to see when i received my personal copy of JACK via courier.They also paid an honorary amount of Eur 200//.

More than the money part it was the recognition which mattered.

I have written some casual,some serious some boring some hilarious post's,the best is yet to come.
I do take pride inspiring some talented people who crossed my life to share their valuable insights and they obliged.
My other blog Lalu Leela has its own share of fans,the blog got a mention in "THE TIMES OF INDIA".Bombay today got acclaimed in Mid Day,Mumbai.
The love and cooperation of fellow bloggers and readers has always given a high.
For me the biggest kick is when i search my name in Google and see this.
I have not been posting recently due to my professional commitments and lack of connectivity,but i love to write and shall do so routinely,If Aamir and Amitabh Ji can find time to share their view i too can.He he....
And to Aamir and Amitabh ji i can always say i am senior to you as for as Blogging goes!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Current happenings!

The recent surge in crime and criminal activity has racked the media and the society.Special mention of the Grover murder in Mumbai and Arushi-Hemraj double murder in Delhi.
The trauma on children has been reported by many publications.Parents are turning to psychiatrist for help as even slight anger by parents causes mental trauma to child.
Children requesting parents not to kill em !
The insensitive way news is handled by the TV media is gross but profitable for them as it gives more eyeball's.
The Gujjar riot going on in Rajasthan has cost 42 lives already!The political parties can never condemn the hooligans for causing loss to nation cause its Vote bank.If this demand is meet whats the guarantee other communities will not demand the same??

Friday, May 23, 2008

How can they do this??

Kannada film actress and her naval officer boyfriend, arrested for allegedly murdering the creative head of a TV production house and disposing of his body after chopping it to pieces, have been remanded to police custody.

Marrayya Monica Susayraj (27), the actress and her boyfriend of over 18 months, Lt M L Jerome Mathew (25) were produced before the Borovili court on Thursday.

The court remanded the duo to police custody upto May 29. Matthew was brought here from Kochi by the police.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria had on Wednesday said that the murder of 25-year-old Neeraj Grover was fallout of a love triangle.

Grover, creative head of Synergy Adlabs, was missing since May seven.

Marrayya, who has acted in four Kannada films, came to Mumbai in March trying to get into Hindi serials and had also auditioned for the newer version of Mahabharata. She came in contact with Grover while applying for work and both started "going around", to which Matthew had objected, police said.

On May seven, Mathew took a flight out of Kochi where he is based and reached Marrayya's place at 0730 hours the next morning, where Grover was already present. An altercation ensued between Mathew and Grover which ended with the latter being allegedly stabbed to death by the naval officer.

Marrayya went to a nearby mall and made a host of purchases which included a few knives, curtain cloth, bed linen and sports bag. "The couple chopped off the body into pieces, replaced the blood-stained pieces of cloth and packed the body into the bags," Maria had said.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Bravo Mumbai Indians.

The Royal Challengers of Bangalore and the Deccan Chargers are pretty much out of this year's DLF Indian Premier League, but they are perfectly capable of spoiling someone else's party.

There are five teams vying for three places in the semi-finals and they will be hoping that the Chargers and the Challengers will continue to play as badly and not cause an upset. The Rajasthan Royals are already in the semis, but they will want to maintain the winning rhythm. What they can do is to try some of the players who haven't played so far or give a bit of a break to some of their bowlers since it is hot and there is every likelihood of them picking an injury in these conditions. So it may make sense for them to be careful with the bowlers and keep them fresh for the semis and beyond.

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As for the Mumbai Indians, they might have won six consecutive games, but it only becomes tougher for them as they are set to play two of their competitors for a place in the semi-finals after which they have to play the Rajasthan Royals. So they have a hard grind ahead of them, but the manner in which they have responded has been brilliant.

They will no doubt miss the services of Dwayne Bravo, who made such a massive contribution as soon as he joined the team. He lifted the team with his fielding and his energetic batting and bowling, giving the Mumbai Indians options and flexibility. It won’t be easy to fill his shoes, for all-rounders of his class are not easily available in international cricket.

The big plus for them is the return to destructive form of Sanath Jayasuriya. He has batted quite superbly in the last few games and if he gets the team off to a flying start again then the Mumbai Indians can put up a challenging total on board. The bowling of Pollock also has been a big factor as he has not allowed the opposition to get a good start. And don't forget Tendulkar hasn't fired as yet with either bat or ball. So they have a big chance of getting into the semis.

The other teams fighting for a place in the semis are the Chennai Super Kings, the Kings XI Punjab, the Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knightriders. They are going to be up against good teams and so will have to be at their best to move ahead. It is their inconsistency that will worry their supporters, for they have some fine players, but not all of them have clicked and they cannot afford to have that going into the final leg of the tournament. Yuvraj needs to replicate his form from the ICC World Twenty20 and while Gambhir has been aggressive and consistency personified, the same cannot be said of his skipper Sehwag, who can demolish any attack but is getting out even before the main course is served. He batted splendidly against the Challengers and could well be getting back to his destructive best.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

No Bombay call it Mumbai.

Many would say what's in a name? But ask anyone who has grown up in Mumbai and they will possibly say Mumbai doesn't sit well on the tongue.Bombay is the city they know. But now it seems that Sena is not having any debate over Mumbai or Bombay. It says Mumbai it is.After a long lull, the Sena is back to what according to many it does best - change names.And its present target is its oldest.The Sena has demanded that all remnants of old Bombay be wiped off from schools, institutions and companies.Even the Bombay Scottish school, where Udhav Thackeray's younger son Tejas still studies, was not spared.The school sign was wiped off and the Sena version was stamped over it. Next stop, the barometer of the markets the Bombay Stock Exchange.''These people are sycophants of the British and the East India Company,'' says Abhijeet Phanse of Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena.And then, arguably one of the city's best known brand recall Bombay Dyeing, whose mills gave thousands of jobs, mostly to Marathi mill workers, was attacked.And the government, as usual, is walking the middle path.''We will take a legal opinion whether or not brand names and names of institutions need to be changed,'' says R R Patil, Deputy CM, Maharashtra.Mumbai is the name of this city. But some of its ageless signposts had so far retained their names and their glory.But if the Sena has its way, the city's symbols will have to be painfully rechristened

Saturday, May 03, 2008

WOW..

The 27-storey residence of Reliance chief, Mukesh Ambani costing $2 billion will be the most expensive home in the world.Also the Supreme Court on Friday decided not to intervene in the construction of the building on Waqf board land in Mumbai and has directed the matter back to the Bombay high court.The property in question at the court is worth Rs 400 crores and is located on Altamount Road in south Mumbai.The Waqf Board has told the Supreme Court that it sold the property thinking it was to be used for an orphanage and that commercial buildings are not allowed on Waqf land.Earlier, the Bombay High Court had stayed the Waqf Board proceedings.The house will feature a silver stairway, magnificent crystal chandeliers, six floors just for parking, a panoramic view of the city from 550ft above sea level.A separate gym for each family member, four floors of open-air gardens, a 65-seat theater, complete with a wine and snack bar, a spa, a swimming pool, jacuzi and even a personal helipad.If this wasn't enough, there are also plans to make an ice room, where the Ambanis could beat the heat on a hot summers day.This house named Antilia is expected be ready by next year so that the Ambanis can move in from their current 'modest' 22-storey home.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Congestion at Mumbai Airport..

Last Night i took a same day return flight to Bom from Delhi with Kingfisher Airlines Flight IT 316 which leaves from Delhi at 21.00.

The scheduled arrival time was 23.00 at Mumbai.Guess what time the flight reached Mumbai??

No its not the handiwork of Kingfisher its the Cramped and medieval services and facility in Indian Aviation,
we circled over Mumbai for almost an hour though the flight has reached spot on time!!!!

Why cant we deserve a fully functional second airport in Mumbai to handle the rush,
What a shameful waste of time Aviation fuel and environment by making a flight revert and do merry go rounds for an hour.
Its a shame and must be corrected ASAP.

Jaipur..

On my recent official trip to Jaipur i noticed the warmth of the Rajshthani Culture and how to make ones heritage sell.Through out my trip i was not fleeced or felt cheated people ewre true to there words and appered genuine and warm.

My trip to Chokhi Dhani was amazing in just three hours i soaked in the culture and traditions of Rajasthan.the food was distinct and very rich.I stayed in a heritage hotel which was once a Palace for a king?The high of staying as a Raja can be felt by the historically feudal people.

Jaipur's life style is laid back and royal,people are indebted to the visitors in the city and regard them as priceless assets.When you leave Jaipur you go with a firm resolve I'll come back again!!
Padharo Mahare Desh!!!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Whts going on??

Four people were arrested for allegedly damaging five taxis, owned by North Indians, in the wee hours on Saturday in Central Mumbai, police said.

Efforts were on to ascertain whether the arrested belonged to Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), which had run an anti-north Indian campaign last month, they said.

"At around 0200 hours, a group of four motorcycle-borne men stopped three taxis in Worli area and asked the drivers where do they hail from. On being told that they belonged to North Indian states, they broke the window panes of the taxis," police said.

Later, they went towards nearby Lower Parel area and damaged two more taxis, police said, adding police patrol parties across the city were alerted and the four were arrested immediately.

The arrested have been identified as Ashish Parab, Pravin Pawaskar, Sameer More and Milesh Shelar.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Early morning flights!

Huh. There was a time when i use to fancy the idea of being a high flying exe.Who rushes for the early morning flight!Now when i am doing the same its a pain in the @**.One has to let in of sweet early morning sleep go to the airport and line up.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Morality for middle class only!!

Read a news piece in TOI today about the legendary writer V S Naipauls way of life and how he admits taunting his wife to death.
This old man kept mistresses and was a regular at brothels!!
He was known the world over as a prolific writer and an astute thinker.Why does he do what he do?why a Salman Rushdi ahs many wives and girls?Why does a Sanjay dutt marry thrice? Why does a settled AAmir khan deserts his wife and kids and marries another.
My question is why are these so called icons of today have this tendency to disobey the normal way of life and being monogamous?
Is it that good manners and the rules and laws apply only to the middle class??
Why creative people lead such a double standard life? Some comments?

Friday, March 14, 2008

Scarlett murder in Goa.



The news was a shock,going by the Goan way of living,where people live and let live. Scarlett should have lived her fair share of life,god bless her soul.


What angers me is the utter nonsense her mother is creating,Why in the first place she let the girl on her own.Poor girl had to sleep with hugs to get food and shelter.She had a troubled childhood thanks to her Mom,who ave had as many as 5 boy friends and several kids.The lady made a mockery of her lie as well as the kids.


I condemn the brutal attack on poor Scarlett at the same time hate her mother to leave her child in such peril.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Mumbai and Delhi congestion to ease.

Air traffic congestion over Delhi and Mumbai is expected to ease by June when Airports Authority of India (AAI) puts in place a satellite-based navigation system which will enable it to guide aircraft flying over the high seas. The GPS Aided Geo-Augmentation Navigation (GAGAN), developed jointly by AAI and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), would be made fully operational by 2010, AAI Chairman K Ramalingam said today at a seminar on "Emerging Trends in Space and Aviation Meteorology". "The final phase results (of GAGAN) are very encouraging and we are confident of making the system operational by 2010," he said. Unlike traditional ground-based navigation aids, GAGAN will cover the entire Indian airspace and also provide navigational information to aircraft flying over high seas. India would be only the fourth such country, after the US, Europe and Japan, to have such a sophisticated system, Ramalingam said. The performance-based navigation system will come into place by June this year in Delhi and Mumbai airports which is likely to reduce air traffic congestion there, he said. Ramalingam said modernisation methods being carried out by the AAI should match those of the Indian Meterological Department for which the two entities have entered into an agreement to ensure safe and efficient management in aviation meteorology.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

What a farce????

Police arrested Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Wednesday for inciting violence after his party's workers attacked north Indians who migrated to the city.
Extra police officers and paramilitary forces were posted around the city before Thackeray was arrested. He was later released on bail.
Police also arrested Abu Azmi, a local leader of the Samajwadi Party, which is based in Uttar Pradesh. He is accused of encouraging north Indians in Mumbai to retaliate and has also been released on bail.
Shops closed in parts of the city, either as a precaution against trouble or because they were forced to by party workers.
Media reports said a 55-year-old was killed after workers threw stones and damaged buses in Nasik.
There were also reports of protesters throwing stones and attacking vehicles in other parts of Maharashtra, as well as on the outskirts of Mumbai.
Police had been under pressure to arrest Thackeray since Sunday, when party workers attacked cinemas screening films in Bhojpuri and beat up dozens of north Indians, including some of the many north Indian taxi drivers.
Television pictures showed Thackeray wearing a blue sleeveless jumper over a white shirt, walking calmly towards a Mumbai court, surrounded by policemen.
For generations, poor Indians have left behind rural poverty to try and make a living in Mumbai and other big cities. Millions hail from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, two of India's poorest states.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Cold wave in Mumbai!!!

The western disturbance hitting north India had an influence over Mumbai too where minimum temperatures dipped to 8.5 degrees Celsius with weathermen saying on Friday, it might be the coldest day in the metropolis since 1962.

Not used to such cold weather, Mumbaiikars relied on heavy woolens and most of them chose to stay indoors, leading to suburban trains running with less commuters than usual.

"The current drop in the temperature in the city can be attributed to the western disturbances which are hitting north India," said K Sathidevi, director of the Regional Meteorological Department.

Met officials said this could be the lowest temperature recorded in the city since January 27, 1962 when mercury levels dipped to 7.4 degrees.

They said a respite from the cold wave is unlikely soon with the minimum temperature on Saturday likely to be around 9 degrees.

"With north India experiencing such cold weather we are also likely to get our share of it," Sathidevi said, adding it was unusual for the city to have such a prolonged spell of cold weather.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Back to Bombay!!!


Blessed with Challenge...

"Every one must be challenged. A day dawns, quite likeother days; in it a single hour comes, quite like aother hours; but in that day and in that hour thechance of a lifetime faces us."

- Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858-1901)

I have taken the gauntlet the lure of the metropolice has done the unthinkable to me and my life.

My great beloved city of Dreams here comes your dreamer back in to your arms.
My stint at Ahmedabad is over and i have joined a new company with a new industry,cause i was missing the city and the culture.I am hope ful and confident tat this new stint will be enjoyable and challenging.

Bombay lover is back in Bombay now!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Let Me Smoke: Shah Rukh Khan.


Actors should not be asked to curb their “creative liberties,” Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan said. He was responding to Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, who said he and Amitabh Bachchan should stop setting a bad example by smoking in public and in films as “children have their first puff of cigarette due to celebrities.” “As filmmakers we should have creative liberties because cinema is all about make-believe,” Mr. Khan said. He, however, said he agreed with Dr. Ramadoss on his concern over an increase in young people taking to smoking.

Dr. Ramadoss had said Mr. Khan should not have smoked in the stands while watching a cricket match in Mumbai and that he and Mr. Bachchan could learn a thing or two from Tamil film actor Rajnikant, who accepted the Minister’s suggestion to quit smoking on screen.

Defending himself, Mr. Khan said the stadium where he was photographed smoking was a private club coming under the Cricket Club of India; moreover, there wasn’t a ‘no smoking zone’ specified in the area.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Chill pill in Mumbai!!!

This year, Mumbai’s winter seems to be doing a Sachin Tendulkar — beating its own record with crisp regularity. While January 25 became the coldest day in the decade with 11.4 degree Celsius, on Republic Day it dived further to 11 degrees.

But windy Sunday had saved one: the weatherman recorded 10.2 degrees. The government-run Doordarshan channel, and usually reliable with such data, said it was the coldest day in 45 years. Since offices were closed, this could not be confirmed.

“It is probably the lowest in two decades,” said regional head of the Indian Metrological Department, C.V.V. Bhadram. The lowest recorded temperature in Mumbai is 7.4 degrees on January 22, 1962.

“There is a cold wave in the state because of the Northerly winds. It does not last more than a week,” said M. Rajeevan, director, National Climate Centre, Pune. The cold and dry Northerlies travel across Kashmir’s peaks and Gujarat’s plains to reach Mumbai.

In the state, Nasik was the coldest at four degrees. Pune is slightly warmer at six degrees.

The weather has become conversation over drinks, with brandy seeing a sudden and rare period of popularity. “Clubbing just got dressier. Everyone has got their New York boots and trendy jackets out,” said 28-year-old Juhu resident Shalini Kalra.

Doctors sound less peppy. “Mumbai is not used to such cold. Respiratory problems have doubled. We have had to increase dosages of asthma patients, and some had to be admitted to the Intensive Care Unit," said Hemant Thacker, consultant physician at Breach Candy Hospital. “People have to keep their chests warm and avoid early morning walks because of smog.”

Laptop for Corporators.

Municipal Corporators in the city will soon be provided laptops to make them easily accessible to people in their wards.

The scheme to provide laptops to 227 corporators of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) will be included in the next year's budget, Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak said.

As per the scheme, which is under consideration, the corporators will use the laptops while in office and may be allowed to buy it at a depreciated price at the end of their tenure, he said.

This scheme had been implemented in some state government offices and can be thought of here as well, Phatak said.

The MCGM, with an annual budget of over Rs 10,000 crore, is one of the richest civic bodies in the country.

Additional Municipal Commissioner Manu Kumar Srivastava said the laptops would be acquired through a tender process and the contract would include a maintenance contract for the machines.

"We had recently started our website and our intention is that all corporators should be able to use it and have greater interaction with citizens," Srivastava said.

Screen Awards 2008 winners!!

Best Pair: Shah Rukh KHan & Deepika Pudokone
Best Actor: Shah Rukh Khan for Chak de India
Best Actress: Kareena Kapoor for Jab We Met
Best Film: Chak De India
Best Director: Shimit Amin for Chak De and Amir Khan for Tare Zameen Par


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Tare Zameen Par : 5 awards
Chak De India: 4 Awards
LIfe in Metro: 3 Awards
Guru: 2 Awards
Jab we Met: 1 Awards ssa-5.jpg
The blue Umbrella: 1 Award

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

IPL bid Changing face of cricket INDIA!!

The IPL issue was as good as an IPO!!The kind of media attention it got on print and television was tantamount to the importance the game is given to in India.The non decrepit league cricket in India has transformed overnight with big money hitting the lowest level.It bodes well for cricket as it will give the impetus to finding new talent and nurturing them.The super rich and famous have got there designer cricket team to show off and of course make money and enjoy limelight.
The very banal urge of rich and famous to hold more acquire more and get more turned the biddding into a happy tantrik trance for the BCCI.Niranjan bhai,Pawar saheb and company including Rajeev shukla must be grinning brim to brim!!
What they have done in a single stroke is to re affirm to the masses that the thret from Zee TV's ICL is a no starter.
It will be interesting to see how does the Zee group can keep the focus and attention in this onslaught of money and collective power of Mukesh ambani,Vijay Mallya,Shah Rukh Khan,Nes Wadia & Priety Zinta?
The Cricketing world is going to be on par with Bollywood vis a vis glitter and glamour the thin line will get thinner now.Shah Rukh had his last laugh about enjoying a cricket match!!No body can stopp him as he owns a Team now!!
The page three parties in AAmchi Mumbai will have new discussion!!Who has got the biggest??Come on silly,i mean team!!
I hope the glitter and money reaches the lowest level and cricket be the beneficiary in all the glitter.
As for Shah Rukh its continuation of a dream life and charisma.I salute the guts and the bussiness accumen of the bidders..

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Shah Rukh Khan,Mukesh Ambani,Preity Zinta,Vijay Mallya win IPL bids.

Mukesh Ambani has won the bid to sponsor the Mumbai team of the Indian Professional League (IPL) tournament promoted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Mukesh Ambani won the bid for the Mumbai team for $111.9 million.

Following are the bid amounts and winners for various teams in the Indian Premier League:
Vijay Mallya won the bid for the Bangalore team for $111.6 million.
Shah Rukh Khan won the bid for the Kolkata team for $75.09 million.
GMR Holdings won the bid for the Delhi team for $84 million.
India Cements won the bid for the Chennai team for $91 million.
Deccan Chronicle won the bid for the Hyderabad team for $107.01 million.
Emerging Media won the bid for the Jaipur team for $67 million.
Preity Zinta won the bid for the Mohali team for $76 million.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Bala saheb speakes.


In an interview to his party mouthpiece, Saamna, Shiv Sena supreme Bal Thackeray has advocated that a certain quota of homes in new construction should be reserved for Maharashtrians in Mumbai. It is a reaction to the Maharashtra Government's doing away with the Land Ceiling Act, opening up more space in Mumbai for real estate development.

Sena supreme’s concern is that Marathi Manoos or the average Maharashtrians may end up being marginalised in Mumbai after the repeal of the Urban Land Ceiling Act (ULCA) as a result of soaring real estate prices.

Thackeray's comments come on the back of his scathing attack on non-Maharashtrians, asking for permits to be issued to those working in Mumbai.

Thackeray said, "In the towers that are going to come up in Mumbai, allocation for Maharashtrians should not be ten or twenty percent but about fifty percent.
Otherwise, we won’t even allow a brick to be put in place. Builders should give a written undertaking to this effect, with a clear mention about the space allocation to Maharashtrians. We are not specifying how much area should be allocated but it should be enough to allow for comfortable living."