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

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