Musically Inclined

As I already discussed about what Golu has in store, this is one of the small nuggets that I picked at a nice annual golu stall in Bombay. The set has tablas, a harmonium and a sitar. My only grouse with the set is that it is made of PoP (plaster of Paris) and is…

Tring Tring

A bell’s not a bell ’til you ring it, A song’s not a song ’til you sing it, Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay, Love isn’t love ’til you give it away! ~Oscar Hammerstein II

Small and Large

“Elephants love reunions. They recognize one another after years and years of separation and greet each other with wild, boisterous joy. There’s bellowing and trumpeting, ear flapping and rubbing. Trunks entwine.” ~ Jennifer Richard Jacobson, Small as an Elephant

Shabari Ke Ber

  Meera Bai’s love for Krishna is epic and the devotion of Shabari for Lord Rama is just as popular. Shabari was a tribal girl, looking for her spiritual calling. After days of hunting, she met Sage Matanga at the foot of the Mountain Rishyamukha and accepted him as her guru. As she grew old, the…

Naga Nrithya

  The story of nag nrithya is very popular in Indian scriptures. Kaliya was said to be a multi-headed poisonous snake that had made Yamuna river in Vrindavan his home. The snake had spread its venom and poisoned the river, ensuring no living creature could use the water. Garuda, the foe of all serpents was cursed out of Vrindavana and…

Holy Unity

A few years ago, I had the chance to revisit the Chamunda Devi temple near Mysuru as an adult. It’s a beautiful temple on a high hill with well defined steps to take you to the destination. There, as a tourist you will be conned to buy stuff unassumingly. That’s how I ended up with…

Hello Kitty!

Gather kittens while you may, Time brings only sorrow; And the kittens of today; Will be old cats tomorrow. ~Oliver Herford

Transformation

Optimus Prime: “For now, the Decepticon legions are vanguished. And fate has yielded its reward- A new world to call home. We live amongst its people now, hiding in plain site…But watching over them in secret. Waiting. Protecting. I have witnessed their capacity for courage. And though we are worlds apart, like us, there is…

Mini Foods

The Chinatown Street market in Singapore is probably when I first fell in love with miniatures and trinkets. Every time you visit, you will see a new collection of fancy miniatures at jaw-dropping prices. Whatever regret I have of shopping at this place is not picking up enough variety of fake food bowls! Unit next…

Troopers Alert

Horses and elephants were both a very essential part of the war cavalry in old India wars. While the use of horses with archers and swordsmen is quite popular, elephants were used in siege operations and bringing down doors and breaking into fortresses. If you visit old forts across India, guides will enlighten you about…

Numero Uno

Uno is one game that brings back so many memories of so many different stages of life! As kids it was being competitive and winning, but as grownups it’s more like revenge. You save up all the Draw 2 and Draw 4s to get back at people. Then there are the drunk games that made…

It’s Party Time!

  Today is a special day, my lovely mother turns a year older. She’s already wise in many areas, so its going to get tough to handle her if she adds on to that wisdom. Like for most people, Ma is a role model, not just for me, but the scores of students who studied…