10 Ways you can benefit from ‘People Watching’ while traveling!

Have you ever tried people watching when you travel? I have. Airports are the best places to practice people watching. So are train stations, bus depots and quaint cafes by the roadside. There are seven billion people living on planet earth. Except for the few in our family and friends circle, all of these are … Continue reading 10 Ways you can benefit from ‘People Watching’ while traveling!

This Rapist lost his Genitals? Sorry, but I don’t feel sorry!

I don’t know her. But she could easily be my sister, mother, aunt, daughter or niece. She could even be one of my dearest female friends – those soul sisters who uplift my spirit every time I feel low - or she could simply be a stranger on the street, one I unknowingly brush against … Continue reading This Rapist lost his Genitals? Sorry, but I don’t feel sorry!

Love in the Luft – One mile at a time!

Me Indian, Period My Indian identity has several avatars. I have to constantly switch between the happy Indian, the proud Indian, the frustrated Indian, the defensive Indian and on some days the ‘apologetic Indian’ – something to do with those crappy headlines. The complexity however, is what makes it unique. I was born and live … Continue reading Love in the Luft – One mile at a time!

Hong Kong – My 5 day Itinerary

When I mentioned to a friend that I was going to Hong Kong she exclaimed that there was nothing to see there except buildings. A family member echoed the same sentiments. I suppose if you are going to Hong Kong with the intention of glimpsing the remnants of an ancient civilization you might be sorely … Continue reading Hong Kong – My 5 day Itinerary

20 things every woman should NOT say to another woman

(Especially in the Asian sub-continent - MIL’s to DIL’s, Mother’s to daughters, Friends to/about friends, Female teachers to female students, All women to/about female strangers) Haven’t we all heard how women are women’s BIGGEST enemies? Don’t we all know this to be true in some context or the other in our own lives? Have we … Continue reading 20 things every woman should NOT say to another woman

A day with Khamis the Fisherman!

Location: Khor Grama Island, Sur, Oman Meeting Khamis for the third time somehow made me realize how strangers can be friends with minimal effort from both sides. All it takes is enthusiasm and a whole lot of smiles. My friend Chris Amy already shared a special friendship with Khamis and it was enough for him … Continue reading A day with Khamis the Fisherman!

Why I celebrate love every day, not just on Valentine’s Day!

The intoxicating perfume of the Jasmines assails my senses as I walk across the market square in my small hometown in Southern India.  The flower sellers are sitting yoga fashion in a long row, about fifteen of them, with baskets filled to the brim with white Jasmines. These flowers symbolize love and are auspiciously used … Continue reading Why I celebrate love every day, not just on Valentine’s Day!

30 Years of Parenting, and Here Are the 10 Most Important Lessons I Learnt

I’m going to be a parent until I die. I realized this not too long ago, when my continuous attempts to stop worrying about my children brought no results. It’s not like I have nothing going on in my life. I do. But there are days or nights when I suddenly wake up, knowing instinctively I … Continue reading 30 Years of Parenting, and Here Are the 10 Most Important Lessons I Learnt

Kerala – Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady

My trip to Cochin last week began on a very positive note. I flew Jet Airways from Oman and got upgraded to business class. There’s nothing like Chicken Chettinad, bottle gourd dumplings poached in young shallots and a tropical fruit straddle to put you in the best of moods. When I walked out of the … Continue reading Kerala – Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady