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Growing up Mom #6

On a hot dry afternoon in 1970 in Dehu Road, my dad brought two guests with him for lunch unannounced. Amma was new to cooking and I was a few months old… She struggled and managed to put up some lunch for Appa and his two colleagues. That day she decided, that never again will … Read more Growing up Mom #6

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So, you think you got trouble ??

On Saturday night, we happened to record David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II on BBC Earth. One particular species that he covers in this episode, just blew our minds. The Marine Iguanas are only found in the Galapagos island. They are vegetarians and live off the moss and other sea plants that are found on the … Read more So, you think you got trouble ??

Prime candidate for “regularising”?

On Friday we were criss crossing the Delhi Cantt area and found this “jhuggi” or “tent” colony right next to one of the MES offices. It worries me that such temporary dwelling has come up inside a cantonment area, because of security reasons. The next point is, this will soon become a “regular” settlement. The … Read more Prime candidate for “regularising”?

Find a Cause, Rent an Activist :(:(

All over the world, activists pick on topical important issues and find ways to rally more people around their view. Many revolutions have been started by these activists and some of them have had outstanding results – change of regime in Egypt for instance. The revolution started on FB if I am not wrong and … Read more Find a Cause, Rent an Activist :(:(

A good looking Sardar !

We went to a meeting in Ashok Vihar in the morning. While getting back, somewhere in Rajouri Garden, I clicked this young good looking Sardar doing something that he should not !!! Cellphones are a rage and it almost seems as though, we cannot live without them ! Just 15 years back, they weren’t ubiquitous … Read more A good looking Sardar !

Osho Story #9 – Today and Tomorrow

This excerpt is from the book “Come, Come, Yet Again Come”. The opening lines in the first page are so beautiful that I want to post the picture here, more to reinforce the message to myself … Ours is not a caravan of despair ! oh, only Osho can say that and that is the … Read more Osho Story #9 – Today and Tomorrow

Growing up Mom #5

My father gave Mom a name – “Ba-Tu-Ta”, naming her after the great Chinese traveller who came to India during the reign of Mohammed Bin Tughlaq. Amma’s name though is an acronym – “Ba” is written as “Pa” in Tamil script, the alphabet for Pa and Ba being the same and the context decides the … Read more Growing up Mom #5

Different states, different Sarees – flashback

I found this post from 2016 when I was reviewing my draft posts. I don’t know why I never posted it at that time. Interestingly this was the year that I spent being gray before restarting colouring of my hair :). Maheshwari and Chanderi are from Madhya Pradesh. The single ikkat from TamilNadu, inspired by … Read more Different states, different Sarees – flashback

Usman Road and my Mother-in-Law

When we were in Chennai a couple of weeks back, we happened to go to Usman Road, T.Nagar and Krishnan and I both remembered my mother-in-law’s liking for “Thirattu Paal”  from the Gomathi Shankar sweet shop. Amma would eat very little of it but Krishnan would polish it off :). My introduction to Usman Road … Read more Usman Road and my Mother-in-Law

Real Charity Vs Not-so-real Charity

This year one of the Padma Shri awardees is Mr. S Ramakrishnan, who founded the Amar Seva Sangam. Mr. Ramakrishnan was not born as a disabled person, but due to spinal injuries at the age of 20, he became paralysed neck down. He was trying to join the Indian Navy when he had an accident … Read more Real Charity Vs Not-so-real Charity