Monthly Archives: March 2016

Slow on the uptake


I am out for lunch with my friends. We are a noisy bunch, as we tuck-in to yummy food and girly gossip. Just before we say our byes, one of my friends and I visit the powder room. I wash … Continue reading

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Chic and smart…I wish


There is a heat wave in the region, and I feel irritable. Aircons, cold water and staying indoors are only temporary solutions. I sit in front of the TV, my mind far away, seeking some respite. A light bulb flashes … Continue reading

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A tale of two wrist watches


I have a plastic box in my wardrobe, which contains two wrist watches.  The watches are old.  Each of these watches has its own story. The bigger watch of the two belonged to my Dad.  After his death, my sisters and I … Continue reading

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Pain in the neck


I was on a cleaning spree last week. I dusted, lifted, cleared, evaluated and purged. It was going well. I lifted a carton to move it to a new place, and felt a sudden painful twinge at the back of … Continue reading

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Mom’s cooking


Indian cooking is elaborate. Every dish requires time to perfect. Most dishes involve multiple processes such as wet grinding, pounding, roasting, seasoning etc. We Indians celebrate many, many festivals each year, and the high point of these celebrations is the … Continue reading

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Life and its many moments


Yesterday, after a nice Sunday meal, as I relaxed on the couch, I saw a beatific smile on my husband’s face. Turned out  he was having a ‘Moment of tenderness’ looking at an old image of our kids. This got … Continue reading

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Boring is ‘cool’


I am rushing home from the supermarket, my hands loaded with plastic bags. Just as I enter my apartment complex, a school bus drops off a group of kids. All of them look tired after the long day, as they … Continue reading

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Candy fight


Last weekend, my husband and I had gone out to lunch at an Indian restaurant in our neighbourhood. In most Indian restaurants, sugar-coated fennel seeds, cumin seeds and sugar candy are usually served after lunch, as mouth fresheners.  As I … Continue reading

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The Happy Kite – A short story


The summer holidays had arrived. The small village of Tapanam was bustling with activity. From sun rise to sun down, little boys and girls ran around the village, played on make-shift swings made of car-tyres, played hopscotch, threw stones to … Continue reading

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Bliss stop


I stand transfixed, like I do each time I am here. I am in one of my favourite bookstores, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of books. After a mean cup of coffee, a book store is the second best ‘bliss … Continue reading

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