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Smells in Bombay’s Local Train

Smells in Bombay’s Local Train

In the stations and compartments of Bombay's local train, there is a new smell offered up every second.  These smells range from tantalizing to nauseating: one will make your mouth water, and the next will make you gag. One businessman stands on the platform and has...

Atma: The Soul of Mumbai’s Educational NGOs

Atma: The Soul of Mumbai’s Educational NGOs

As I anxiously await the processing of my next Indian visa, I dream about the job I'm going to do when I get back to Mumbai. I volunteered with Atma Education Trust for three months before being invited on board to work with the NGO. Though I've done volunteer work...

Not to be Missed in Mumbai: 10 Must Do’s

Not to be Missed in Mumbai: 10 Must Do’s

Having spent many months running all over Mumbai, day and night, I can confidently recommend the following 10 places, activities and experiences. No matter how long you're in the city, do your best to enjoy a well-rounded visit: you will be blown away! In no...

Between Vancouver and Mumbai

Between Vancouver and Mumbai

As I'm currently in a space living between Vancouver and Mumbai, I can't help but imagine and invent the differences between peoples' lives in each place. Today in Vancouver, it's sunny and 14 degrees outside. Some leaves lie crunchy on sidewalks; others that had...

On Pavement Dwellers in Mumbai

On Pavement Dwellers in Mumbai

Over 100 new migrants squeeze into Mumbai on a daily basis. Those counted come with official papers, so the real number is probably around 500 people. Many, many of these migrants become "pavement dwellers." It's impossible to move around the city without seeing whole...

A weekend in God’s Own Country

A weekend in God’s Own Country

One of the first things I observe about any place is the ratio of city to jungle. Of man-made infrastructure versus nature. The most modern and cosmopolitan cities are made of marble and glass, and even a blade of grass has a hard time popping up between the curbs....

Remembering Varanasi

Remembering Varanasi

"I'm also from Uttar Pradesh!" I confess, in Hindi, to rickshaw drivers in Mumbai. Most of them are from Uttar Pradesh or Jharkand area. I don't look Indian though, so they shake their heads disbelievingly until I explain: I'm actually from Canada, but...

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