Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Mandharai Leaf


Earlier this week, one of my friends spoke to me about a South Indian delicacy called Kanchipuram Idlis.  We then went on to talk about how these idlis are sometimes steamed in small cups made out of the leaves of … Continue reading

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What’s the best gift you can receive?


All of us like gifts. I am no exception. There are gifts that we remember with fondness, others that trigger memories of first love, some truly special ones from our parents and siblings, crazy ones from friends, and the list … Continue reading

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The Viewing Point


When I was about seven, our home was on the top of a hill, part of a long row of houses. About 150 metres from our house was a green slope, that had a vantage view of our little town. … Continue reading

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The joke’s delayed


Last week, one of my friends had been to Korea on work. To overcome the language barrier, there were interpreters and translators in every meeting. My friend told me something, which I found quite funny. During their meetings, after the … Continue reading

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Contemplation – A short story


Veronica woke up with a mild headache. Her head felt heavy, and she  wanted to hop right back into bed. Sadly, that was not an option. She worked at a primary school, and taught Grades 1 and 2. The headache … Continue reading

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My favourite uncle


Growing up, we’ve all had our favourite uncles, aunts and cousins. There were some ‘go to’ aunts and uncles, who indulged us, some whom we went to for advice and then again, others whom we didn’t bother with. My all-time … Continue reading

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Not a cent…


A couple of years ago, my son came up to me, and asked if he could start getting pocket money on a regular basis. I asked him if he needed to buy anything? “Yes, I need many things. So,  I … Continue reading

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Steel dabbas


Indian kitchens are usually loaded with stainless steel – cutlery, utensils, ladles and cookers. As kids, most of us carried lunch to school in small round or rectangular steel boxes. In India, they are called ‘dabbas’ (singular ‘dabba’).    Picture … Continue reading

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Bookworm silence….


Last night, both my children were reading, and when I asked them to go to bed, they pleaded repeatedly to be allowed more time to finish their books. Being a bookworm myself, I could not deny them that pleasure, so … Continue reading

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Cool fragrance


We Indians love our kitchen masalas and powders. These powders are typically eaten with hot, boiled or steamed rice and a dash of ghee (clarified butter). There is a whole range available to choose from – coriander powder, curry leaf … Continue reading

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