When I started planning to move to India in 2005, my friends said I was mad. “How can you work in a newspaper there? You don’t even speak Hindi,” one said. Read more
The heavens have opened and the rain is pouring. Who cares if there is a leak in my kitchen and Mumbai’s roads are waterlogged once more? Read more
Well, well, well. I did not have my anticipated reaction to Kites. At all. The way the film was promoted was such that I thought it was going to be mere ego boost to Hrithik Roshan – a chance for him to dance around, flex his muscles and kiss and dance with several foxy women. Read more
Mumbai nightlife is getting very exciting. I have always said the two best things about this city are the nightlife and Bollywood. And it is being proved true yet again.
This weekend India’s first ice bar opens up in Oshiwara, Andheri west, Mumbai, opposite the Mega Mall. Read more
While I was in the UK recently I came across a worrying genre of woman: the desperate woman in her 30s and 40s – the new Bridget Jones (BJ) – who has not yet met her soul mate.
Unlike in the actual film, when BJ was 33, the western BJ is now aged anywhere between 36 and 45. And she is desperate to get hitched. Read more
A few weeks ago I was a western extra on a Bollywood set. It was for the film tentatively titled Jihad. I had to pretend to be a passenger in a US domestic flight. The shooting happened in an old aeroplane parked at a water park near Karjat, about an hour from Mumbai. Read more
A friend of mine was acting in a Hindi play at a Mumbai theatre on Sunday. I decided to go not just to support him but because I like the theatre and fancied seeing a play.
So, I invited a load of friends, both Indian and expat, as well as some Bollywood directors, whom I thought may enjoy it and, who knows, cast my friend in their next movie. Read more