Goddessness

I am yet to hear of Kings or Queens who are atheists. While the levels of religiousness may wary, it seems that anyone who earned unprecedented power, did attribute a fare share of their success to luck and the powers from above (or in some case below). Most palaces and forts that I have visited…

Breaking Bread

Cravings are inevitable, when you are explicitly told a stern no. When things were freely available, I’d usually avoid breads and fruits not because I don’t eat them, but because I am lazy. There is always a weekend to stock up, especially when you have a list to stick to. But when you become the…

One For the Home

Ever since I’ve been confines of my home, I’ve realized that my consumption of fluids has reduced drastically. Leave alone the occasional beer that I’d have over weekends, which is now completely dry in my locality, I seem to have completely forgotten to consume water even, and no, I don’t rest my hind all day…

Vishukani

Vishu, and Tamil Puthandu are the start of the Solar calendar in the two states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. As my father is originally for the border of both states, we observe both festiviteis at our home. For Vishu, the celebration involves setting up a Vishukanni. In Malayalam, kani translates to “that which is…

Over the Rainbow

So after the country-wide lock down was announced, in the second wave, the PM invited people to switch off all lights, and light a candle, lamp or any torch for 9 minutes to show solidarity with those who are on the front line of curtailing the deadly disease. Since it did not involve creating a…

Stay Calm, Peace On!

The collective thinking of any race, or herd mentality, is a force to reckon with. Stupidity and confidence are two sides of the same coin. Knowledge through facts, and research guided by intuition is what keeps the world sane and logical. But when intuition (read over-confidence) becomes your source of knowledge, and you use research…

Difficult Times, Tough Measures

The world around is calm, with the unexpected breeze blowing on Mumbai skies. The incessant honking is replaced the chirping (rather cawing) of birds (my locality is home to more crows than any other birds). The silence can be deafening. The echo of every sneeze, that comes out from the kitchen windows when tempering spices,…

Being Royal

Whiskey and the army has a long standing association. I recently started reading a delightful yet compelling account of how the fearless jawans of the Indian armed forces fight valiantly and very few come out alive. The ones who live to tell the tales of their bravery are often treated with very expensive malts and…

A Whole New World

A whole new world (don’t you dare close your eyes)A hundred thousand things to see (hold your breath, it gets better)I’m like a shooting star, I’ve come so farI can’t go back to where I used to be A whole new worldWith new horizons to pursueI’ll chase them anywhereThere’s time to spareLet me share this…

Let It Shine

Butter lamps are an integral part of Buddhist traditions. By lighting butter lamps, you seek relief from suffering and set up a guiding light to the path of enlightenment. Lighting a Butter Lamp brings health, wealth, longevity and more deeply, to reveal wisdom to nature. In the Buddhist Tradition, Butter Lamps symbolize the clarity of wisdom….