Deepavali 2020 Prep

Enjoy a few pictures of Gurgaon and our Condo complex all lit up for Deepavali 2020. The biggest Indian festival is here.

Celebrating Sacrifice …

Eid al-Adha Mubarak ! Krishnan and I visited Mongolia in 2015 and came away with a deep appreciation for their culture and history. Neither is Genghis Khan simply a “barbarian” as history would like us to believe nor did China ever rule over Mongolia. This beautiful landlocked country has some of the most benevolent practices … Read more

Celebrating the NaMo victory !

As news started trickling in on May 23rd of yet another Modi wave, we made preparations for our celebration. We were sure that BJP and Mr. Modi will win a comfortable majority so we started the day with tea in a saffron cup 🙂 Breakfast was millet khichadi, followed by OPOS Biriyani for lunch. Then … Read more

Down Memory Lane – Amma’s 75th @ Tirunelveli

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

A string of “Deepavali” memories

Dear Appa, Yesterday, we made the Deepavali “marundu”…. with the mix that you had made in 2008. Yes, its still safe and not spoilt at all. We have kept it in an airtight bottle and anyway Hyderabad and Delhi have dry weather so things don’t spoil as easily. Appa, Amma and I were remembering how … Read more

Globalization and local festivals and customs …

Today is an important day for many communities in India – Tamilians, Malayalees, Punjabis, Assamese and Bengalis all celebrate their New Year. Malayalees call it Vishu and there is specific food to be prepared, new clothes are bought and lights lit. Punjabis call is Baisakhi and its a way of saying thanks for a good … Read more

Special birthday

Krishnan’s birthday today will remain a special one for a long long time .. First, because we woke up to see the beautiful Himalayas, pristine and glorious. Second, because the country got its second Independence with the dramatic victory of the Modi led BJP. We drove down to Gagar, a small village about 25 kms … Read more