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Gangnam Style Goes Local in Mumbai

by Sharell शारेल on November 10, 2012

in Inspirational India

Today brought one of those moments that left me thinking, “Very cool India, very cool.” And even better it happened in my neighbourhood — a Gangnam Style flash mob!

Check out these Indians getting their horse dance on. Giddy up groovers!

(Thanks to for organising the event).

Here are a few photos as well. [click to continue…]

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Why You Should Never Have Direct Debit Set Up With Airtel…

by Sharell शारेल on October 31, 2012

in Daily Life in India

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… (And Why I’m Glad We Didn’t).

Prior to us living in our new apartment, Airtel was our Internet service provider. When we moved, they assured us that they could transfer our connection to our new place, no problem. However, a day before it was scheduled to happen, they called us to say that it wouldn’t be possible because they in fact did not service our new apartment building.

So, we terminated our connection (or so we thought) and settled our bill.

Much to our surprise and irritation, that hasn’t been the end of our relationship with Airtel. Their customer service department has been repetitively calling us, reminding us that our bill for the past couple of months is pending, and demanding that we pay. No matter how many times we tell them that we have not had a connection, they do not stop.

Of course, this is not the first time that we’ve had problems with Airtel customer service.

Today, I became so fed up with it that I took to tweeting about it to try and get it resolved. Although I got a prompt reply (see above), it only led me to believe that bewakufs handle the company’s Twitter account as well.

But, there is a bright side to all this. We did not set up a direct debit facility with Airtel for the payment of our accounts. Unfortunately, a friend of ours did. Apparently, it took him more than six months to get Airtel to stop taking money out of his account after he canceled his connection with them!

Update One Day Later:

And here’s the followup Twitter conversation after we got yet another annoying phone call this morning. Sounds really familiar. Ya just gotta laugh I guess! [click to continue…]

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Me on TV Show “Shanti, Au Coeur de l’Inde”

by Sharell शारेल on October 30, 2012

in Work in India

Many of you will know that I’ve been on a few TV shows, the most infamous being House Hunters in the US. However, my “debut” was around three years ago when I had the honour of showing a French Canadian TV hostess the Mumbai nightlife (that was!) for a documentary on India.

A friend of mine, DJ Reji, recently dug it up from the depths of the Internet, so I thought I’d share it here. Apart from me, you can see him being interviewed on a swing, upstairs at Zenzi Mills. It was once one of Mumbai’s hottest bars but has since been a casualty of the nightlife here.

So, for those of you who’ve wanted to know what I sound like, this should satisfy your curiosity!

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Recently, Sheryl from Southern Life, Indian Wife got in touch with me to share her blog. I was amazed and thrilled by her remarkable story — happily married for 20 years to an Indian man in the US, and with five gorgeous children! So inspirational! I just had to find out more. Sheryl, and her husband Dharmesh, have been very honest and generous with their answers to my questions. I’m sure you’ll find what they have to say as interesting as I did. (Sheryl also says she’d be happy to give advice to anyone who needs it. Do have a read of her wonderful blog).

Where are you both from?

S: I really can’t call one place my home. My father had a goal of climbing the corporate ladder in his career, and moved us around the country frequently. By the time Dharmesh and I met in Memphis, Tennessee, I had lived in 8 states and attended 7 different schools. I was only sixteen. But, my parents were born and raised in Lousiville, Kentucky, and though we seldom visited family, I sort of feel like Kentucky is a home base. But now, we have lived in Georgia for 18 years, and have roots planted firmly in the red clay soil here.

I guess it is important to note that, wherever we lived, we always lived in exclusively white communities. In Memphis, which was a hotbed of the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement, racism was extremely overt, and though my parents did not buy into that, we lived in white communities because that’s where the good schools were. I had only known one black person by the time I reached age 12. And the only Indians I knew were the twins Hardeep and Pardeep in my school. But they were so different in appearance, accent, and style, that we didn’t befriend them. This was in North Carolina, a very traditional, southern state, and it was very clear to all of us kids, that whites stick together socially. Right or wrong, this unspoken code was very real. [click to continue…]

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Some Photos from 2012 Navaratri and Durga Puja

by Sharell शारेल on October 26, 2012

in Festivals in India

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Unfortunately, due to another really busy month of work, I was sadly unable to get to as many Durga Puja pandals in Mumbai as planned this year. In fact, I only visited my local one in Hiranandani Gardens, hosted by the Powai Bengali Welfare Association.

This year, their theme was “Gram Bangla” (rural Bengal). The idol of Goddess Durga was housed inside a 60 foot high hut, which took around 45 artisans over two months to construct. Its walls were painted with traditional patchitra art, depicting nine manifestations of Durga.

60 foot high hut built by 45 artisans.

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