When I was clearing out Mom’s place in Hyderabad in 2015, I found some of the floppy disks that we used in our computer centre between 1993-96. Don’t think many children born after 2000 would have even seen these things ! DSDD – Double Sided Double Density. Amkette made these and it was a prized … Read more Floppy Disks – Remember Them ?
Some chance meetings are so special …. today happens to be the 36th anniversary of (then) Sqn Ldr Rakesh Sharma becoming the first and so far the only Indian to have journeyed to space. After the space odyssey he came back and went around meeting students, to motivate and inspire them. As part of that … Read more Meeting Astronaut Rakesh Sharma
In 1995, we were running a computer centre in Madras (now, Chennai). I had a huge fascination for perpetual calendars with a quotation for everyday and I got one made as a “giveaway”. When the business folded up, I kept some of these perpetual calendars with us and over these 25 years I gave away … Read more Calendars and Quotations
Yesterday was Mahashivaratri and I saw pictures of the Shankaracharya temple in Kashmir being all lit up after many decades… Obviously I knew nothing about the Shankaracharya Temple of Kashmir. I only knew that Adi Sankara had spent time in Kashmir at the Sharada Peeth. Enter Wikipedia and I found out that he had visited … Read more Soundarya Lahiri and a long lost memory …
Dear Appa, Yesterday while cleaning one of the drawers at home, I found a postcard from you … This was a letter you wrote me in 1989. You were posted in Vizag and I was in Hyderabad completing my degree from Wesley college. Amma was planning to come to Hyderabad on the 14th of Aug … Read more A letter from Dad ..
I don’t remember when I first came across the epic short story “Kabuliwala” by Rabindranath Tagore. It was part of our school syllabus is how I remember it but I could be wrong. The images it evoked of a “pathan” from Afghanistan who came to Kolkata to sell raisins, dates and almonds are imprinted in … Read more Remembering “Kabuliwala”
In December 2018, we started planning a surprise for my mother who turned 75 yesterday. Amma doesn’t wear new saris and she doesn’t like parties etc, but she loves the place that she was born and grew up in – Tirunelveli. So Krishnan suggested that we celebrate her 75th at Tirunelveli. I immediately booked our … Read more Down Memory Lane – Amma’s 75th @ Tirunelveli
Ever since Nisha introduced me to OPOS I have been an ardent follower. I am not the kind that swoons over fancy dishes and cooking is just an essential skill – the sooner am done making what I want the better it is. The kitchen is not my refuge nor is cooking a passion. I … Read more The OPOS kit – inaugurated