Reflections

The Turmeric Is Gone

The Turmeric Is Gone

Air India flight 101 touches down at 6:07 am. She enters your Queens apartment and rushes into the 10 x 1 ½ foot kitchen, still wearing her sneakers. In search for something specific, she rummages through your pre-war, knob-less wooden kitchen cabinets. Finally, she...
Sensing Home

Sensing Home

Hmmm… Oh, yes! Aloo- matar today, yay!! Until recently, I didn’t realize that that used to be my routine when I returned from school every afternoon in wintertime. As a young schoolgirl, intentionally I’d slow my steps to inhale the aroma before knocking on the door,...
In That Moment

In That Moment

As I stood there, and watched him walk those last steps of high school, time just froze and our journey together flashed in front of my eyes. It was a bittersweet moment as he proudly walked up to receive his high school diploma. He was a little less than three, full...
Much Ado About A Mango

Much Ado About A Mango

Much about a Mango My friend bought a giant mango from Berkeley Bowl and gave it to me. I squeezed it to see if it was  ripe; the way I saw my mother test them when the fruit seller came to the door of our flat in Mumbai many years ago. The mango felt soft to the...
From the Land of the Mindful

From the Land of the Mindful

Recently at my local grocery store I was juggling a cartful of groceries, while my toddler who was sitting in the cart was screaming and throwing protein bars from the nearby shelf onto the floor. Ugh! I apologised to every passing shopper for the noisy mess, and was...
Monsoon Special – Newsprint Peanuts!

Monsoon Special – Newsprint Peanuts!

“Pitter patter, sprinkle and pour Flash and dazzle, rumble and roar!” That sums up Monsoons in India.  As I prepare for my annual visit this summer, I find myself sharing monsoon stories with my child. No other rainy day experience has quite the charm or the nostalgia...