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The Yoga Institute, located in Santacruz (E), is perhaps the most peaceful space in Mumbai city. Located at 2 minutes from the Santacruz railway station, the space is away from all the city chaos. Founded in 1918, it is the oldest Yoga Institute in the world, standing strong amidst all the gyms and health clubs mushrooming all over the city.

Founded by Shri. Yogendraji, the institute today is run by his son Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra and daughter-in-law Smt. Hansaji. Smt. Hansaji is also the President of the International Board of Yoga. The Yoga Institute was founded in the home of Mr. Dadabhai Naoroji in Versova. Only in 1948, 30 years after it was founded did The Yoga Institute form its permanent base in Santacruz. Shri. Yogendraji founded the first Yoga centre abroad in 1919 in the United States of America. Today, the Yoga Centre has institutes established in Australia, Brazil…

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Gone are the days when a witch meant a cruel, old woman who wore a pointy hat, pointy shoes, flew around town on a broomstick and brewed poisonous potions and tricked people into drinking them. Over the years, witchcraft has evolved from being a taboo-ed practice to a faith, a healing, a culture, almost a fad. And witches, over the years, have evolved from being that creepy woman who lived in that haunted house, all by herself, to an educated woman who, for all we know, must be the one sitting next to us in the local train, or living in the adjacent apartment. The witch of today uses Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about her faith and attract more and more people to follow it.

But this of course, is the urban Indian witch. The plight of witches in rural India is very sad. Every year, hundreds of…

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Most of the world celebrated Eid on the 20th of August this year. Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, also known as Ramzan. World over, Muslims observe fasts and offer prayers during Ramzan. These fasts, that involve refraining from consuming food and liquids, are observed from dawn to dusk for 29 or 30 days, depending on the visual sighting of the crescent moon. At sunset, Muslims offer a prayer and break their fast. This fast breaking meal is known as ‘Iftar’.

Being a foodie, the month of Ramzan, is something that I look forward to every year; only for the Iftar. Every year, I make it a point to treat myself to at least one Iftar. Mumbai has endless number of places that offer excellent Iftar food; the most well known being Mohammad Ali Road and Bohri Mohalla. There are no two ways about the…

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Earlier this week, I had the opportunity of meeting Mr. Vitthal Shanbagh- artist, sculptor, painter and an ex-HOD of the sculpture department at the J. J. School of Arts and have a conversation with him about the inseparable relation between art and the Hindu religion.
Mr. Shanbagh, a firm believer in God, resides in the Parleshwar temple, Vile Parle. He sculpts the Ganesha idol that is worshiped in the temple during Ganesh Chaturthi.
I approached him and told him that I wanted to know more about the art of sculpting Ganesha idols, without getting into the religious details of the festival. To this he said to me, “It is almost impossible to separate the two.” “This,” he said, “is because, the Hindu religion is based entirely on art.” Initially I did not understand what he was trying to say. However he later explained to me, that, “our Gods are a…

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Millions of civil cases have been pending over decades across the country now. Most of these cases are at the level of the High Court and Supreme Court. ‘File a case at the trial court level, and you will be over and done with it in about 3 or 4 years,’ said a family friend, who is a lawyer himself. ‘But once you approach the higher courts, justice becomes long, tedious and delayed. That’s where the trouble begins,’ he added.

The Bombay Civil Court is flooded with as many as about 362,949 cases dated from decades ago. Most of these cases are related to encroachment, division of property, breach of contract, compensation etc. My father, over tea, was telling me about the case he, along with his elder brother, has been fighting for almost 60 years now. ‘It is an extremely simple case; justice clearly needs to be ruled in…

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There is a lot to the infamous lifeline of Mumbai, also commonly known as the Mumbai local. The trains that run from Churchgate to Virar on the Western line, CST to Thane on the Central line and CST to Andheri and then Andheri to Panvel on the Harbour line, carry approximately 7.24 million commuters daily. It’s truly a miracle as to how these trains work-the power supply, the punctuality (well, almost), the changing of routes, the traffic control, the efficiency of the motormen and so on. Local trains bring an image of over-crowded train compartments with people literally hanging out of them, dirty smells of sweat, filthy station platforms and odd train timings i.e. 8:27 am, 5:49 pm etc to one’s mind. There is enough said about these aspects of the Mumbai local.

I have been a regular local train traveler for about five years now, and I can vouch…

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