Happy Nooks 😊

I came across these lines by Mircea Eliade who used to be a Romanian historian of religion, a fiction writer, and a philosopher-‘There are, for example, privileged places, qualitatively different from all others-a man’s birthplace, or the scenes of his first love, or certain places in the first foreign city he visited in youth. Even…

Karkidakam – The month of rejuvenation and healing.

This is Karkidakam, the last month in the Malayalam calendar. Though I always wanted to, I never got to experience the incessant rains that soak Kerala during this month. Due to unforeseen situations, my stay in Kerala was extended by a few weeks back in June. It was just the beginning of the monsoon season…

Contrived Ambiance

I am unable to recollect where I heard this but looks like there are apps that create an ambiance of a coffee shop which helps generate a feeling in people that they are writing or working or reading from inside a coffee shop without having to actually go to one. It might probably not be…

Happy World Book Day!!

It seems today is World Book Day. My association with books started very early in my life, with children’s magazines like Tinkle and Champak, Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ and ‘Secret Seven’ to the books by various authors and the different types and genres that I am reading today, it continues. Books are my constant friends…

Hyderabad Food Diaries

It has been over a month now that I moved to Hyderabad. I had visited Hyderabad a few years back and I spent a weekend here predominantly to cover all the tourist attractions. Like any tourist would do , I looked around for good Hyderabadi biriyani. A local taxi guy suggested Café bahaar. The biriyani…

Welcome 2021!!

My new year eves have mostly been low key. I either spend them at home, waiting for the clock to strike midnight, wish my family and send messages to friends and relatives, or they are spent working in the office. This time was different, and was a great one too. My husband and I had…

The Namesake – thought provoking.

I recently finished reading Jhumpa Lahiri’s book – The Namesake. The story revolves around the lives of Indian immigrants in the United States. The story has many threads and sub-plots in it. I am not writing a book review but what stuck me the most is how she writes about the loneliness these immigrants experience,…

Happy 381

I have written and talked a lot about this beautiful city I am living in but it never seems to be enough.Like many of you who are living here , Chennai (then Madras) is not just any place for me, it is an emotion.It is true with anybody who lives in any place around the…

Simpler times.

It was the mid 1990’s.I don’t remember the exact year or how old I was , must be ten years old or younger, old enough to still remember this.I had just finished having my dinner sitting on the rugged floor of the long kitchen in our maternal home in Kerala – Kanji(Rice porridge) with chutney,…

What friendships do to us.

I got a call from an old friend a couple of days back, after nearly five years.It is always nice to get unexpected calls like these, makes your day sometimes.The conversation revolved around the usual stuff, each other’s lives, jobs, the pandemic, weather etc.After a while the person said, “It’s nice to talk to you…