Seeking Gratitude…..

The year that dawned for us with a magical sunrise over Bagan, has reneged on its promise. We have spent the past several months in and out of hospital ICUs. My remarkable 95 year old father-in-law has miraculously pulled through. But my brother, a victim of Alzheimer’s, succumbed to an infection last month. Three weeks to the day, my handsome,…

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Grief, Pride & Hope In My Submerged City

Its been eerily silent this past week. I normally revel in the quiet of my neighbourhood, but this is the silence of devastation. Of a city knocked to its knees.  I miss the sounds I whined about. Of engines backfiring in the distance. Of the howling of strays or the keening of koels that shake me from my sleep at…

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A Mothers Day Safari….

Having plumbed the depths of love, guilt and sorrow in a 2012 tribute to my mother brought on by a visit to my childhood home, I pretty much ignored mothers day on this blog for the last two years. Today, I take you on a lighthearted exploration of the maternal-filial bond with these four legged creatures,…

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In Honour Of Trees….

I grew up surrounded by trees. A huge variety of them. Like those nostalgic songs that evoke different stages of my life, trees transport me to those carefree days when we spent every spare moment outdoors. I remember the undiluted pleasure of reading favourite books ensconced in the leafy, low hung branches of a cashew tree. Of dawdling beneath the night jasmine, before hopping…

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Embrace The Light

While this isn’t exactly the pylons of Karnak temple on the winter solstice, the sight of sunlight streaming into my living room at the end of a gloomy day is a sight to be celebrated.  Never mind, that it is blocked out most evenings for the discomfort it generates in muggy Madras. –   Wishing you all,…

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