Sunday, 4 October 2020

More than Cookies and Coffee! - Part 3

She never enjoyed visiting the markets or conflicting with the vendors. Firstly because she never trailed the price drill, secondly because she never understood the vendor slang and lastly because she didn't know the tricks of trade and ended up buying the most useless things. 

Friday, 26 June 2020

In Pursuit of Happiness

This is what Mark Twain said, “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up”. 

Who does not want to be happy in this world healing from so many catastrophes? 

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Let Us Share...it is trending!

As a little boy, I was always showered with gifts like toy cars, bikes and guns. Meanwhile my sister happily played with her little kitchen set, crushing Marie biscuits, pretending to mother her dolls, bathe them, make little frocks out of leftover rags, basically and ethically, knowingly and unknowingly, had started preparing herself at a very early age.

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.

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