Thursday, 28 May 2020

It’s not Fair!


Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder” and for me beauty has always been inside-out because not everything is here to stay.     

I wouldn't call it love at first sight, but even in her demure self she was attractive. She had a sense of gentleness in her words, her smile was always welcoming, her bright-brown eyes were an ocean of emotions and never-ever she sulked, come what the questions put forth. Oh, how I adored her graceful walk! Her dainty, slim structure swayed so elegantly at every step, she took. Her wavy hair followed the rhythm of the wind and her million-dollar smile took my greys away.

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Airy Tales

Childhood travel memories were mostly on the rails and journey down south were a 3-day transit through a million stations. The quick-temporary friendships, at times meeting your own classmates and if your stars are shining really bright then definitely, teachers whom you never want to see again 😁😁. Also sometimes strange people, with stranger tiffin boxes and with the strangest stories to tell.

How could I not mention those pantry ‘chettans’ for all the delicious pazhampuris (banana fritters), parippu vadas (lentil fries), hot upma, tomato soups…lip smacking oily snacks which never added calories… and every journey turned worthwhile!  

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

So long, Coron-tine!


A little over a week of quarantine, without anybody flooding your place but a downpour of memories, turns on each of your day and stimulates most of your senses. 

The reminiscing of all the places you have been, all the moments captured (even if it means crying homesick), all the culture battles fought, all the friends made (and who stayed),  all the new-broken languages learnt, all the scrumptious cuisines savoured, all the appreciation-criticism garnered and all in all, for the hope of a better life, to be lived.

Friday, 21 February 2020

Over Cookies and Coffee - Part 2



When the crazy world rested upon their comforters, that was 
when they went for strolls. The dim streetlights, few barking dogs, rare reckless bikers and a couple of sleeping, homeless people on the pavement, were the only sights around in that small town. 

Of course, that never bothered them, instead, they enjoyed their ignorance for they let them be themselves. Cupid strikes or scientifically speaking, when Oxytocin is released, does anybody care about the rest of the world? At 56 and 65, falling in love and building their own little kingdom could have sounded weird to most of them. But, age… what’s that? 

Mark Twain once said, 'Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't even matter.' And for them, it was the most blissful feeling so rightfully, it never mattered.

Friday, 9 August 2019

5 Things to do in India


Ever wondered, why we rush to foreign lands for our luxurious holidays even when it means burning gigantic holes in our little pockets and spilling it over for several compensatory months together…?

It’s about time we appreciate, that, our nation offers much beyond the highly popularised label ‘land of elephants, magic and snake charmers’. Yes indeed, once you step onto this land and explore the unexplored, not a single soul can escape being mesmerised by the magnificence of our country! Be it an adventurer, a foodie, a loner, a yogic, a nature lover… there’s something for everyone. As a matter of fact, the wonderful amalgamation of geographical differences along with diverse cultures, vibrant festivities and distinguished cuisines is like, more than twenty countries rolled into a single, appetising wrap, which you can keep savouring for a lifetime and still not suffice your taste buds.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Over Cookies and Coffee

They barely met, barely spoke, barely texted, barely browsed the social media and with no extra efforts their friendship had somehow managed to survive over several years. It always stayed distinct, like stardust sprinkled around, however, with a few unanswered questions. Meetings were uncalled but certain universal factors brought them together, usually for work which sometimes ended up with cookies, coffee and naughty glances. Every meeting kept getting better, it encapsulated them in those little moments which carried utter joy and consummated everything around them.  
So a meeting, one of its kind, happened on a summer evening, which changed their lives. ‘Forever’ seems a distant word because life knocks at your door, in little surprise packages but indeed, undeniably, it was something to stay in their hearts, for infinity and beyond.

Friday, 16 November 2018

After all this time

She turned the key in the lock and opened the door with goosebumps and a helluva hesitation.

Linda was simply sent the house keys through the driver who picked her up at the airport and everything seemed hard to decode. He’d promised to be there right from the moment she stepped in this unknown city of peace and tranquillity, but there she was, all to herself and travelling like, as if she was on pins and needles, through the countryside for almost two hours. 

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