The true secret of life lies in taking a genuine interest in all the detail of daily life.

                                          William Morris

Mumbai Diary

‘Help’less and Happy #MondayMusings

Helpless without help? After three weeks of being almost completely ‘help’less, my home finally returned to normal this week. My regular cook returned the middle of the week but there was no sign of the resident home help. I was happy that the cook was back. But I was disappointed that the resident home help …

photo

Farewell Ganesha #ThursdayTreeLove

A tree lined road that has seen a million Ganeshas passby as the people bit farewell to Lord Ganesha

photo

Lilies in the Garden #WordlessWednesday

As per my knowledge, these lilies bloom at Easter time and are called Easter Lilies. But Easter is a long way away,so I was quite surprised to see them today. What is more amazing is that they are growing right in front of my car parking space but I didn’t notice them all this while …

BLOG HOPS & CHALLENGES

Come September #GratitudeCircle

Image for Come September

‘Come September ‘was popular tune played at Parsi Navjotes and weddings in the 60’s. It was also a favourite with Nankhatai bands that played it with gusto while the Bandmaster waved his baton and directed the musicians.  And whenever September comes around, I remember this song. I can hardly believe that the first week of …

BLOG HOPS & CHALLENGES

When it rains #WordsMatter

“Sssh, go back to sleep,” Bheema shushed the baby in the middle of the night. It was hot and humid and she felt equally uncomfortable squashed between the children. She was wondering when it would rain. “Aji, it’s hot,” whined the three year old. “I can’t sleep.” “Sssh. You’ll wake the others. ” “But I …

photo

Goodbye Lord Ganesh #WordlessWednesday

Last night after dinner we heard the drums beating frenziedly downstairs. So we rushed out to the balcony and saw a sea of orange-clad devotees saying goodbye to Lord Ganesh in a raucous procession. While the festival is for ten days, many households keep him only for one and a half days. (Since we have …

Opinions

Busting Myths Of men and money #BookBytes-1

Image for BookBytes

  Source Being a student of Economics and Psychology, I have always been intrigued by men and money. What motivates a man to make money? And is there a difference in the behaviour of first-generation millionaires and those who have inherited their wealth? Shreyasi Singh’s book The Wealth Wallahs actually talks about the new age …

PHOTO

Flowers for Ganesha #WordlessWednesday

There is an air of festive activity in Mumbai . Whether it is a private celebration at home or a community celebration, hectic preparations are afoot to receive Ganesha. Especially in the flower markets that are filled with flowers for Ganesha. Thankfully, the rain gods are giving us a breather. And the flower markets are …

Mumbai Diary

Lying-in with back pain on Monday Morning #MondayMusings

Image for Lying-in

The first time I ever heard the term Lying-in was when I read the name  Parsi Lying-in Hospital across the road from school. I used to wonder what the building actually was for,  because we never really saw it bustling with activity. And the only time we visited it was for our annual vaccinations and …

PHOTO

The Fishtail Palm #ThursdayTreeLove

I was at my father’s this weekend when I noticed this Fishtail Palm. Actually it was the shower of golden berries hanging outside his bedroom balcony caught my eye.  They looked quite splendid like a bunch of cascading gold beads. I thought it was some kind of betel nut but bit my father said, “It’s …

FOOD

The Tale of Two soups and a Meal #ThursdayPotLuck -2

Image for #ThursdayPotLuck

Two wholesome soups that are nutritious and tasty and just the way to end a weekend with.

Mumbai Diary, PHOTO

Happy morning walkers #WordlessWednesday

While waiting with Ms Papaya for the bus, I cam upon this happy group of morning walkers. These three handsome Labradors are old but are still sprightly. The Labrador remains my all time favourite breed as they are affectionate, mild and even tempered. I would love to have one at home and might give in …

Opinions

Cover Reveal

the intriguing cover of Damayanti Biswas’ debut novel You Beneath Your Skin

PHOTO

#WordlessWednesday – A Garden Snail

Last week in the garden we came upon this snail . It was a wonder because for many years our gardens were invaded by huge African snails that were more destructive than we imagined. I don’t know what the name of this snail is but it didn’t tuck his head in shyly as most of …