Built Up & Torn Down

There is something very strangely unsettling about power. Authority is merely a by-product of responsibility: If you are qualified to enough carry out a task, you are responsible for it’s outcome and need to be granted the required authorizations to carry it out efficiently. But most “powerful” people forget this teeny tiny detail. They build…

Be Grateful and Celebrate

Ever since this lock down started, we’ve all been looking for reasons to either stay in or step out. The women in my society are all facing the reversed cycle of life: dealing with helicopter kids, as they are now discovering, is no fun after all. We don’t let our moms step out of the…

A Fervent Salute

Times have moved from being testing to exhausting. What started as an exuberantly urgent phase of normalizing the world has now made us either crippled us with panic and fear or becoming completely oblivious to everything around, You can see that with weary cops, government officials, health officials and those who helped all of this…

Quarantine Party

The quarantine phase has been quite rough on almost all of us. It did save many lives from the deadly virus, but also brought out a lot of subdued toxicity. There is only so much time one can spend with certain set of people, some bridges have too much water underneath and are abandoned, lest…

Bowling Alley

I haven’t really tried my hand at bowling, though some of my friends did try to take me to a bowling alley, with very little luck. Even if I do try my hand at a strike, I’m pretty sure, I’d end up with either a gutter ball, or a three-pin-score. But whatever I end up…

On and Off the Trending Train

Like I mentioned before, I am not too keen on cooking unless I have cravings or am hungry. Food fads and trends don’t really excite me too much, unless I wish to craft around it. Although I am a coffee-holic, it’s too much work to just make a cup of coffee that I’d love in…

Solitary Solitaire

Solitaire is any card game played alone, where you use up all the cards by forming specific sequences. My oldest memory anyone playing this of this kind solitaire in flesh and blood was my mom’s neighbor. She’d sit on the floor with a set of cards and patiently lay them down and play, only to…

Fancy A Break?

A more traditional Indian breakfast, depending on the region you come from, is light yet filling. You’d barely find many people consuming cornflakes back in the days, but now our on-the-fast-lane life is making corn our first meal. (Pretty much like beefing up cattle to be slaughtered. Ironic, isn’t it?) To get kids eating some…

Lock Down Baking

I like cooking, but I don’t find the activity therapeutic or spiritual. There was a time I would bake a lot of nankhaties (Indian shortbread cookies) in my mother’s microwave, but that phase faded when college ended. A lot of life happened, and cooking eventually became a burden. I did start cooking again when I…

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…