Some time ago I came across an interesting article, that I cannot locate now, that argued how people set-up or decorated their houses. The author made a distinction between people who were widely traveled and those who were home bound. Accordingly to her the traveler or those bitten by the wanderlust tended to have their … Continue reading Home Sweet Home: The Signature of the Dweller
Oh to Stand and Stare: Wild in the Not-so Wilderness
I've been planning to write a blog filled with photos of my shoot of Wild Life in the Not-so-Wilderness, but my 'very busy' schedule kept putting it off. Today I came across this post titled "The Disease of Being Busy": https://onbeing.org/blog/the-disease-of-being-busy I wondered, "now have I caught this disease as well". Remembered the famous poem we … Continue reading Oh to Stand and Stare: Wild in the Not-so Wilderness
To market, to market to buy a fat fish!!
Lac Bangles, Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur, Pink City Art Bazaar, Moscow I am not an etymologist so anything I say on this subject should be taken with a pinch of salt. As far as I understand, the word Mandi in Hindi means a market place. Mandis are named after the products they sell. So a market … Continue reading To market, to market to buy a fat fish!!
Welcome! Circus of Life, 2018
On the last day of 2017 I was very excited to see that the Great Golden Circus had pitched its tent relatively close to our house! Till the river front project took root the circus always played on the bank of the Sabarmati river. As a child in Calcutta my father took us to every … Continue reading Welcome! Circus of Life, 2018
On the Permanence of Celestial Bodies
On the way to the airport going to Trivandrum early in the morning, I saw the full red sun after a long time. It was not a classic sunrise over the horizon of the vast ocean or view from a sunset point on the mountains. It was a simple red ball of fire above a … Continue reading On the Permanence of Celestial Bodies
Healing the Hurt Body: Meditation
Budda Statue in Bodh Gaya Iam a great fan and believer of the practice of yoga to maintain a healthy life. I strongly believe that regular yoga exercises keeps the body flexible and helps to strengthen the spine, which helps guard against backache and every other ache. The kind of yoga our teacher practices is … Continue reading Healing the Hurt Body: Meditation
April Fool Ladies: After all What’s in a Name?
April Fools’ Day seems the perfect day to write this blog. I am also inspired by today’s The Ideas Page article in the Indian Express by Karla Bookman, “Hello, I’m wife of”. Most of us ‘married’ women have experienced this regularly, being addressed as “wife of”! Most of us don’t think about it and many … Continue reading April Fool Ladies: After all What’s in a Name?
Lesson from the Adenium Desert Rose and Patience of a Gardener
Trying to grow anything in the desert-like soil and climate conditions of Ahmedabad is like trying to grow grass on your palm! I have always admired how fresh and healthy all plants looked in my father’s apartment in Cochin! Just the moist air, which we curse for the sweat, is ideal for them. You just … Continue reading Lesson from the Adenium Desert Rose and Patience of a Gardener
The new order of the day in higher education is the concept of ‘Flipped Classrooms’. MIT, Harvard and top universities are adopting it where the students prepare for the class in advance by watching the lecture on a video at home. The students spend time in the classroom discussing examples and solving problems with the … Continue reading Flipped Classrooms
Worldly Wardrobe Woes!
In the early nineties, when I was a post-doc at Yale University, I insisted on not shifting to Western attire. "We are proud of our culture and will stick to it" attitude!. Well I wore long sleeved salwaar kameez through the four seasons. As summer set in, the Secretaries on my floor started to shed … Continue reading Worldly Wardrobe Woes!