Monday, 29 September 2008

Women of Mumbai……Stand up and Be counted !

Speak up and be heard, Ring the bell (Bell Bajao) to stop the violence!

A campaign has been launched in Mumbai which focuses at protecting violence against domestic violence. The actor, Boman Irani, has been chosen as the brand Ambassador of the Bell Bajao Campaign.

Click HERE to see the video of the inauguration.

You can make the difference too. Your speaking out against domestic violence will give a voice to one out of every three women who face domestic violence behind closed doors. World over, domestic violence is a serious concern. It's not just happening to the woman who's beaten by her husband; it's also happening to the girl whose brother curses her and calls her names, and the elderly lady whose son won't give her money because, "she doesn't need it". Only men and women acting together can make a difference.

HERE to learn about how men can take the initiative.

Using bell bajao u can ring a bell and stop domestic violence immediately before it is too late!

Monday, 8 September 2008

Do Expats really love our city, ´Mumbai´?

My NRI family and friends always complain about heat, dust and pollution whenever they visit me and I am apologetic. They complain about the poverty on the streets and the time wasted in commuting from one place to another. But still, they have a very good time in Mumbai and always promise to return back again´.

Mumbai is the city of contradictions and who knows it better than French actor Julien Mulot, who decided to pack his bag, leave his home in Paris to write his memoirs of his stay in Mumbai and his coming to terms with the ways of this city. He had serious issues with Mumbai. His experience as a resident of Malad forms the punch line of the play: malade in French means sick, a fitting description for the chaotic suburb.

But a piece that begins as a complaint turns too hastily into a celebration of the city’s spirit of inclusion as Mulot marvels at a conservative society’s acceptance of hijras, a community that he feels would still not be tolerated in Europe

The silent dimly lit auditorium is jolted out of its lethargy as loud music breaks out from a stereo and a motion picture runs on the projector behind the stage. A tall young man clad only in white rises from his stupor and starts talking in French. And you don't have to read the English subtitles on the screen behind to get drawn into the powerful performance and get engrossed in this monologue, which is a telling account of an outsider struggling to adapt to a culture that is alien and yet familiar to him. Mulot rants about his love-hate relationship with the city as projections of clichéd images of beggars, rag pickers, slums and traffic jams flash across his body.

Mulot’s character falls asleep dreaming of hijras and wakes up in the second half in The Fridge, which seems disconnected from the earlier rant. This intensely hallucinatory, well-crafted piece by French-Argentine writer Raul Damonte Botana hinges on five hysterical characters raving about their age, drug addictions and sexuality, without seeming to follow a logical train of thought. At the heart of this monologue is an ageing model who has decided to write her memoirs. Mulot juggles between male and female characters with relative ease and skilfully conveys their erotic and psychotic states.

Stars On Earth is divided between two parts - the first is written by Julien and his experience as a Frenchman in India, while the second part is written by French writer Raul Damonte Botana. There are seven characters in the play, and all seven are played by Julien.

But despite its split personality, the story enfolds seamlessly, and is primarily about a foreigner living in Mumbai. Julien has incorporated his personal experiences to portray his journey. Watching this play will surely make my NRI family and friends to look at Mumbai in a different perspective,

And stop complaining.. Will you?

Source : Time Out Mumbai , Google

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Welcome Ganesha, Welcome to My City of Mumbai

Ganeshutsav in Mumbai city is earmarked by the elaborate decorations and all wadis, lanes or sarvajanik mandals, as they are called, are dancing with joy.

There is sweet fragrance in the air and the good vibrations everywhere.

The famous Lal Baug cha Raja will welcome and bless more than one million visitors.

Adorned with jewellerys and fine clothing, he sure looks like a King.

SALUTATIONS to Lord Ganesha who is Brahman Himself, who is the Supreme Lord, who is the energy of Lord Shiva, who is the source of all bliss, and who is the bestowed of all virtuous qualities and success in all undertakings.

Mushikavaahana modaka hastha,
Chaamara karna vilambitha sutra,
Vaamana rupa maheshwara putra,
Vighna vinaayaka paada namasthe

MEANING: "O Lord Vinayaka! The remover of all obstacles, the son of Lord Shiva, with a form which is very short, with mouse as Thy vehicle, with sweet pudding in hand, with wide ears and long hanging trunk, I prostrate at Thy lotus-like Feet!"


The name "Bombay" was derived from 'Bom Bahia' (The Good Bay),

.... a name given by Portuguese sailor Francis Almeida, in 1508 ....“Bounce back Mumbai” it is called by the locals, it is a city that has been through a lot in the recent past – floods, bomb blasts, riots – and come out stronger each time.

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