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

Redwoods & Sequoias – The Gentle Giants of California

The Muir Woods in northern California and the King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Forest in central California – two different locations and two different visits yet, I have clubbed them together here in this write-up for the similarity of experience I had in both places. Living on this earth for eons, these redwood and sequoia … Continue reading Redwoods & Sequoias – The Gentle Giants of California

Sacramento, California – My Moments in the Sun!

Here I was in Sacramento, the capital of California, just three days before the 4th of July.  The city was bedecked in the blue, white and red colors of the American flag.  The festive atmosphere and the beautiful weather were close friends that summer. It was a wonderful time of the year to visit with … Continue reading Sacramento, California – My Moments in the Sun!

Alone this Christmas?

It’s never easy to be alone during the Christmas season.  Your colleagues at the office will be talking about going on family trips, there will be decorations everywhere on the streets, and everyone you know is busy shopping for presents.  Then when you get home and switch on the television, there’s good old Santa telling … Continue reading Alone this Christmas?