The ‘joy’ of giving..

Okay, I know this title makes it sound as if I am going to launch into a tedious, goody-goody sermon but don’t worry, I won’t. But I can’t help puzzling about this topic at times. The other day, I ordered a couple of pastries to give to our household help. I gave them to her…

Sucker for a Quote

A good quote is a failsafe mood changer for me. Quotes are like concentrated bits of magic; you read one and the next moment you are a different person. I simply can’t resist reading a quote, even if it is printed on somebody’s T-shirt. And I can tell you, I have got many funny looks…

Of woes & Choices..

I leave from work, glum and blue. ‘Life is so unfair’ I think wallowing in self-pity. ‘Why does almost everyone I know have a much better life than me?’ Tears sting my eyes and I brush them away roughly. I am in no mood to reach home and I decide to take a walk. Immediately…

The Vagaries of Blood

We have all found ourselves at some time or other wishing for a better parent, brother or sister. There are siblings who have stopped speaking since ages and fathers who have left their kids. True love can never be one forged by blood? Love is what you feel for your girlfriend, your husband or your…

There is Still Hope..

I make a rule never to read a newspaper or watch the news before evening. By that time, anything wrong that has to go with my day has already taken place. So, then it’s safe to expose myself to the news. There is hardly anything heartening about the news most days. Makes no sense starting…

There is Something about Frying!

Ever wondered why fried stuff tastes so much better than food cooked any other way? Why even a brinjal or a cauliflower tastes oh so wonderful having had a dip in some grease? You might disagree and might even mean it but tell me what would you rather eat when you are in a hurry…

The Kindness of Strangers

I woke up with a sore throat. I couldn’t speak, could only croak. I croak a normal daily question to my husband. He doesn’t even notice that his wife is speaking like a crow. I get the morning chores done and take my kid to school. I talk to my friend on the phone. She…