My dad’s dad was a patriot with the firm belief that each year the Republic Day Parade got bigger and better. Consequently, every grandchild of his had to watch every moment of the parade every year, from start to finish. We needed to be showered and seated in front of the telly long before even… Read More We, the People of India
If you are Indian, there is a 99.9999% probability that you have seen the wedding pictures of Virat (the captain of our cricket team) and Anushka (a famous Bollywood actor). Our country has two obsessions – cricket and OTT musicals. Add to this, a really inspired wedding trousseau designer, an exotic wedding destination, and the… Read More #toocool for #socialmedia
Pico Iyer asks a poignant question, in his TED Talk of ‘Where is Home?‘ Unlike him, I have not lived and grown up across several countries; but like him, I find it challenging when other Indians ask me, ‘where are you from?’ My parents are from Rajasthan, but no one in several generations of our… Read More The Magic of Christmas in Kolkata
I have been deeply puzzled by what keeps my women-friends so very busy all the time. Irrespective of whether it’s a Wednesday afternoon, a Friday morning, or a Sunday evening, IF she is a mom, she doesn’t have time to go for a movie, have that drink or catch up for coffee. Having a rather… Read More What drives Mother?
A unique feature of being self-employed is periodically feeling poor as the proverbial church-mouse. It’s a bit bleak. The expenses seem to add up (the mouse wants feta cheese to add to her salads) and the bank account seems unable to withstand any onslaughts (dairy related or otherwise). So, at such moments, I look at… Read More The Provident PF
This weekend, I begin my first backpacking trip, and my first solo trip. I am too ‘old’ for the former and besides, have spent many years preparing for and then climbing the rungs of the corporate ladder, primarily with the view of funding my travel adventures. Firmly of the opinion that we should spend our… Read More My Tryst with Destiny
Last month, I organized an epic trip for my family (the husband – SG, my mom, my cousin sister- Stu and her dad/my uncle – who I call chacha) through South West USA. I was responsible for planning and organizing, making reservations, time-keeping, and making sure that all us vegetarian people ate their vegetables. The… Read More Notes to myself: My struggles to become a tour guide