Monthly Archives: January 2015

Childhood Treasures


It is cleaning time at home. Today I attack the children’s room.  There is a box labeled ‘to be sorted later’, which has art and other school projects that the children have worked on, over the years.  The idea is … Continue reading

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The Inexorable Passage of Time


Call it what you may, but I have this compulsive urge to know the time at all hours of the day.  Our home has wall clocks and time pieces in every room, sometimes even two or three in a room.  … Continue reading

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A Night on the ‘Mottai Maadi’ (Terrace)


Recently, I visited the city of Chennai (formerly Madras), after nearly a decade. This city holds very fond memories for me and as the cab drove into the city from the airport I was amazed at how the city had … Continue reading

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The Math of Cricket


There was a hush at the dinner table.  The half-yearly school reports had been brought home for parental review. The two sisters of the three-sibling trio had acquitted themselves rather well in terms of overall performance. The quiet that prevailed … Continue reading

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A Bride’s Journal


Journal entry #1 The  date for my wedding has been fixed. In two months, I will move to my husband’s house. Sid is a nice guy, in as much as I could glean from the three meetings we have had.  … Continue reading

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Forward Ho!


For the umpteenth time today my phone pings indicating that I have 20 messages. Except for two of these messages, 18 texts comprise jokes, videos showcasing the unique talents of people, lectures given by people at University graduations, quotes by … Continue reading

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An Unforgettable Train Journey


We reach the station in typical Bollywood climax style…with barely 10 minutes to spare. We’ve been looking forward to this 36 hour train journey, on the Rajdhani Express, from Delhi to Bangalore for a long long time. Water bottles, Tinkles … Continue reading

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The World in Colours


The bright red of a heart, the red bindi on a woman’s forehead, the red of a rose, the shining red of a car, the red of an apple, the spicy red of Indian mango pickle, the red of lanterns … Continue reading

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Murugan – A short story


It was business as usual for Murugan.  His day started at 5.00 a.m.  The world was still dark as he stepped out to the water-pump at the end of the narrow street with his bucket, soap, toothbrush and paste.  He … Continue reading

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Coffee, me, myself Part II – Enter the dragon


I have to warn you that if you want to drop by at our home between 7 am and 8 am on a weekday morning, you may not meet me but a fire-spewing dragon. I am a night owl, and … Continue reading

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