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Mumbai is one of only a few major conurbations in the world to boast urban flamingos. But a new bridge will cut through their habitat and most likely drive them away. For World Migratory Bird day on May 10, my web story (longer, more comprehensive reportage) appeared on the DW.de environment page. You can read it here: Bridge Threatens Mumbai’s Flamingos. But I also did a radio story that came […]

Mumbai’s Flamingos & the transharbour link


Every year here in Mumbai, Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of new beginnings, gets an 11-day party. He comes home to those who invite him. It’s a happy, fun and noisy time of year in this part of the country. For a festival that started out as a single day on which patriots could subvert the colonial government’s ban on public gatherings, it’s taken on a life of its own. But, […]

On Ganeshotsav – colorful, noisy, insane: A web piece for ...




Christmas in India is mainly celebrated by 25 million Christians – under 3 percent of the population. But in recent years, the festival has become very popular across India’s religious spectrum. For Earth Beat, here's an essay about how Christmas has changed in the last 30 years.

Tis the season and it’s changed – Earthbeat



An audio slideshow Lauren Farrow and I did for PRI's The World program's web site about Anant Chaturdashi, the last day of Ganeshotsave, when idols of Ganpati are immersed in water. To find out more about the ritual, we followed the processions of Ganesh's to Mahim where hundreds of small, big, medium, and quite large Ganeshas were immersed. Check out the slideshow

Ganesh slideshow on PRI’s The World




At Sewri, an industrial suburb near Mumbai, you can find a treat for tired eyes. Along the backdrop of industry and with the whistle of a train ringing through the air, like rose petals clustered on glass, you can see a flock of real live flamingos - a thousand of them calmly rocking on the waves.

Pink Guests in Maximum City


Karmayog's third annual Corporate Social Responsibility report is out and we got an exclusive sneak peak at the findings. This year 13 companies got 4 points out of a possible 5. Who are they? And what can the rest do? And why should we, as citizens, as consumers, care?

Bombay Talkies: CSR 2010, India



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A graffiti project has been launched in India that’s about more than just spray cans and eluding authority. Actually, “The Wall Project” is a sort of “graffiti for good”, for a sense of common space, aesthetics and a whole lot more — follow the RNW link to listen to the program (click the |> play button 😉 and stream it from the Earthbeat page) or listen to just my clip […]

graffiti for good-Mumbai’s Wall Project