Seeing Differently

Seeing Differently

A few weeks back I was strolling the cosmetic aisle at Longs drugstore looking for eye makeup remover. As my eyes searched the shelves, I saw Revlon hypoallergenic eyeliner, Maybelline mascara for extra long eye lashes, eye color pencils in royal blue, smoky green and...
Baggage: The Fine Art of Overpacking!

Baggage: The Fine Art of Overpacking!

With the school year drawing to a close, the overarching concern in my mind is not if I should seek out summer camps or let my kid be a ‘free ranger’ in our backyard. Rather I find I am consumed by a strange manner of anxiety mixed with excitement centered around...
Of Lemons and Lemonade: A Home Away From Home

Of Lemons and Lemonade: A Home Away From Home

Across the seven seas they soar. For bread ‘n butter and much more. Who are they? If you haven’t guessed already, I’m talking about the offspring of seniors living in India. We send our children abroad for higher studies. They soon like living there. Initially, they...
Lust For Life

Lust For Life

I must have looked aghast at her bare feet, for Ajji smiled her widest, toothless best, and said, “Back home I never wear chappals. If I did, I’d probably leave it somewhere and forget about them.” But I was thirteen and as with most children at that age, I was...
A “Job” Well Done: A Poem For My Daughter

A “Job” Well Done: A Poem For My Daughter

Finding you Fearless… I taught you to  Fear. Eternally Curious… I taught you Indifference. Charmingly Honest… I taught you Pretence. Openly Friendly… I taught you Caution. Implicitly Trusting… I taught you to Doubt. Clingingly Needy… I taught you Independence…...
An Unusual Whatsapp Rendezvous

An Unusual Whatsapp Rendezvous

Last night while scrolling through my WhatsApp messages, a new message popped up. The number looked familiar and on closer examination I remembered that it was my old phone number from almost 15 years ago. I looked at it frantically. How was this possible? In utter...