#LockdownTales I rang in my 51 birthday with a saree that was gifted to me by my dearest friend Geetu for my 50th birthday :). Since I had already got my special saree for my 50th birthday, I kept her gift to be worn for this birthday. Its a beautiful printed silk and has Madhubani … Read more Birthday in a gifted Saree
Oct 24, 2019 I met her at the Chemistry lab of Wesley Women’s College, Secunderabad, the day I joined the college. A common friend and a senior Meera had introduced us and it was like friendship on first sight. Vidya is my soul sister and one of my closest friends since 1987 (To my Soul-sister … Read more For my Soul Sister – A Handpainted Bishnupuri
Everyone feels blessed having one mother but I am twice blessed because my mother-in-law was like my second mother and with the same name even. She and I became friends the minute we met. She was strong-willed, persistent and so courageous. A never-say-die attitude, a super-quick wit and loads of gumption – just my kind … Read more For a Mother …… (in-law)
Geetu and I became friends almost on day one way back in 1980 and have been best friends since. Geetu and I are a classic case of opposites attracting – I am volatile and she is all calm, I am loud and she is soft spoken, I have no creativity in any traditional arts and … Read more For my BFF – an Assam Raw Silk !
Today is Krishnan’s birthday and we celebrated it with his favourite food and of course ice cream. He has stayed away from ice cream for almost six months now so a little indulgence is just fine. Mr. Modi made his day even more special by sending him birthday wishes on email …. and made me … Read more This Day, That Year
I bought the saree in Jan 2017 a full two years before my 50th birthday at the Cooptex “Festive Weaves” exhibition in Gurgaon. There were two of them.. one in black and one in deep purple. I tried to like the deep purple against my natural affinity for black but then Rao Sir and Venkatesh … Read more The Birthday Saree – “Air India” Arani Silk Saree
… And that’s how long 50 years feels. On 6th April this year, I completed half a century in this lifetime. Wasn’t it yesterday that I was crying when the train pulled out of Dehu Road station as Appa got posted to Shillong? And wasn’t it in the morning that I walked to KV Happy … Read more Poof …. Half a century old !!!
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
When we were planning the U.P and Bihar leg of the ShikshaDaan Yatra, we decided to be in Varanasi on Krishnan’s birthday which is today. We reached Varanasi yesterday from Allahabad… after a 3 km harrowing drive through a narrow lane. More of that in a separate blog. Krishnan’s birthday celebrations started off with a … Read more Birthday in Benaras
When Krishnan and I visited Egypt, way back in 2004, I had carried two cameras and a video recorder. In a 12 day trip I must have taken 2000 photos and that too using film rolls because we didn’t have a digital SLR. Then we upgraded to the digital SLR and I lugged that around … Read more Learnt something new !