Author Archives: nimi naren

Walking down market street for Pongal


It’s been raining non-stop for the last week. The streets are wet, and water puddles gently splash around people’s footwear. My friend and I are walking down market street to shop for our harvest festival, Pongal, which will be celebrated … Continue reading

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Not so remote problems


The afternoon sun pours into the living room, leaving long streaks of gold on the floor. The flowers in the vase on my coffee table sway gently in the breeze. Everything seems peaceful, but I am not. I am repeatedly … Continue reading

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Should it be a 5 or a 6?


I am reading a book. My son sits next to me playing a game on the iPad. I pause to look at how adept he is at navigating the game. Virtual creatures seem to fill-up the screen; as an observer, … Continue reading

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10000 steps in Kaziranga


We are shivering in the morning cold in Kaziranga. We are on pins to get started on the Elephant Safari that will take us through the thick bushes and grasslands, to see the famed One-horned Indian Rhino. Nearly a hundred … Continue reading

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Seeds and Shells


Tamarind is an integral part of South Indian cooking. Tamarind extract forms the base for many yummy dishes like sambar, rasam & tamarind rice. However, this post has very little to do with tamarind and cooking. As kids, tamarind seeds … Continue reading

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Up in the clouds….


We are up in the hills, on our way to Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, also known as the ‘Scotland of the East’ and ‘the abode of clouds’! The road snakes right and left, as our car makes its way … Continue reading

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A walk down Howrah Bridge, Kolkata


It is only 4.50 p.m. and the sky is pitch-black! The city’s lights are glittering gems! As tourists, we had spent the day taking in all the ‘must-do’ local sights – the monuments, the temples and the zoo, with a … Continue reading

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Shopping, paranthas & peace


My sister and I are out shopping. There is no specific shopping list; we are willing to buy anything that grabs our attention. Read – ‘as many shops as we can visit in one afternoon’. Our children are with their … Continue reading

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What’s cooking?


I am heading home from my evening walk. The sky is turning a deep blue. I see the silhouettes of birds flying back to their nests. Many birds are already home. There is a lot of chirping; the birds are … Continue reading

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Chance meeting


We are in a cab, making our way across the city of Bengaluru in India. As a mother, I have reached ‘that’ stage, where I am not given a choice to opt for a window seat in any vehicle. I … Continue reading

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