What will people say?

This question was the guiding principle of the Rajan family. All decisions, be it Appa buying a second hand car, Amma wearing nighties at home, or putting Kavita in veena classes, or letting Swati ride a Scooty to college, were made after putting it to the test of “what will people say?”. If the family... Continue Reading →


Tell me a story

“Mummy, mummy, story, please!” Little Ritika hovered around tugging at Indira’s sari. “Not now, dear, I have a lot work to do”, she bustled about the kitchen chopping, frying and stirring. Rishi had invited his friends for drinks. Again.  He’d called her just as she was stepping out for her yoga class, and told her... Continue Reading →

To my little girl

My dear little girl, I fell in love with you the moment I saw you. Your father, well, he thinks the sun rises when you open your eyes, and the best music in the world is your laughter. As parents, we have many hopes, dreams and wishes for you. And we also have our secret... Continue Reading →

Book review: Shattered dreams

Like every other Indian kid, I grew up hearing the Ramayana at my mom's knee. Amma kept me interested (and obedient) at the dinner table and during bed time with little tales of Rama's life. Later on I graduated to Amar Chitra Katha, Rajaji and Devdutt Patnaik's versions, but every retelling of this great epic... Continue Reading →

Book review: One part woman

I must admit I bought this book when I heard about the surrounding controversy. But reading Perumal Murugan's Madhorubagan (translated as 'One part woman' by Aniruddhan Vasudevan ) was an illuminating experience. Whatever the custodians of culture claim, essentially this is a tale of love, loss and hope. Though set in the 1920s-40s, in a remote... Continue Reading →

Book review: Bandra bloodline

Some years ago, during my post grad years, I stayed as a 'paying guest' with a Pali village family. Living with aunty Sandra was an interesting experience, especially her English dialect and turn of phrase. So reading this book 'Bandra bloodline' by Godfrey Joseph Pereira was a delightful nostalgia trip. Set in Bandra, Mumbai in a time... Continue Reading →

Tamarind City: Tangy and tasteful

I recently read this book ‘Tamarind City’ – a unique chronicle of Chennai, from its earliest avatar as the foundation of modern India (even before Delhi & Kolkata were born)  to its present day reputation as a tech-savvy yet traditional city.This book is a treasure trove of trivia. For instance, did you know that:The Yale... Continue Reading →

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