Sweet Nothings

I’m not a sweet-toothed person, but a sweet shop is a visual delight. The way a sweet meat or cake shop is set up, it is just built to entice you to buy something. The beautiful cakes, cup cakes, muffins, donuts, eclairs, coffee and lollipops make your heart sing with joy. When I was putting…

Let It Shine

How could I let Diwali pass me by without a miniature in tow? This was a dream house that I struggled to put together, so it was time to light it up with the traditional kandil (lanterns) and put up the pretty lights. I couldn’t manage to get a traditional rangoli in the scale I…

Relax and Retreat

I can’t paint, can’t even draw a straight line with a scale (ruler) to assist me. I even manage to get measurement conversions wrong and usually mess up my crafts. But I know how not to panic and have endless patience for fixing my errors, or what we call in Bombay, I can find my…

Artistically Inclined

I love putting miniature settings together. I would have started with small little trinkets, without any vision. Then I started creating a scene. Backgrounds and accessories became an obsession. I had that kind of mind space and desire to escape and be fully consumed in such creations at my disposal. But life is never static….

A Cinderella Story

Fairy tales make for a lovely read, but they seldom comes true. I enjoy love stories as much as I am invested in whodunits, I can watch a Hallmark movie and an episode of Forensic Files with equal enthusiasm. No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you…

Pop Goes the Weasel

I have a strange affection to merry-go-rounds and carousel and giant wheels. To me, they signify a circle of life: what goes around comes around. This is a recurring theme in many of the books I adore (all fiction of course). Let me share a few that come to my mind seeing these crafts that I…

Welcome Home

Home isn’t where the heart is; it is what captures a piece of your imagination and you place it in a special part of your soul. It is where you feel the safest and most comfortable. My home is more than a roof over my head: It is my people, my food, my favorite books,…

Cycle Of Life

There is nothing more simple or complicated than life itself. We all go through the waterfall of life: hesitation, denial, blame, acceptance and eventually submission. In between denial and acceptance, we tend to experience a gamut of emotions, mostly angst, betrayal, sadness, impatience and remorse. Then there are random acts of kindness. The world doesn’t…

Tailor-Made

I like functional clothes, clothes that basically cover one up comfortably. Aesthetics in clothing or fashion don’t really excite me, but I do prefer well-tailored clothes. Alas, my sedentary lifestyle means my clothes go out of size faster than they go out of fashion. This may surprise people who probably know what I do for…

The Legacy of Relationships

I am very lucky to be the bratty younger sibling to my naughtier and more thrill-seeking elder brother. Yet the rush of threatening to tattle on him is something I cannot express in words. Years rolled by, but we never became confidants. People often ask me if I am close to my brother, and I…