Sizzling in the Sun

I’ve never cooked or eaten in an outdoor barbecue. There are indoor restaurant chains across India, which means I have eaten food cooked on skewers and over hot coals. I’ve been at a late evening barbecue party at my brother’s friend’s place and even have a on-gas grilled meal. But my brother is quite used…

Bar Scenes

When you watch shows like Cheers! or movies like He’s just not that into you, you automatically assume bartenders are part time psychologists (much like hairdressers to women). But Moe Szysla of Moe’s Tavern from the Simpsons is my all time favorite. Come to think of it, all real bars are like Moe’s tavern, slurring…

Date Night

It’s so much fun to take you young cousins or niece and nephews out once in a while. Imagine keeping secrets from your parents and not getting blackmailed about squealing on a daily basis (like I tortured my Big B though my childhood :-)). So, after I earned a Supergirl figurine, I found out she…

Story Time

It is an art to not be socially awkward and enjoy small talk. I don’t have that art, but I am a good listener and a decent story teller. But I have most fun in places when I am out with like minded friends, and can talk about anything under the sun. So this post…

It’s Not Easy

Have you ever reached your work place, and didn’t know what to do and how you made it there in the first place? Have you ever tried to keep all the doors open, only to find no one coming your way? Sometimes, you need to turn into Superman because you always liked it and it…

Tug and Pull

All five classic elements of nature— Air, water, fire, earth and space—are essential to make us the beings that we are. Our body is 70% made up of water; the air passing through our voice box and ear drums convert into sound. The fire in our belly makes us hungry. Our body is biodegradable (we…

Fire and Ice

This is possibly one of my most favorite memories from my time in Pune. Unlike Bangalore, Pune doesn’t boast of too many water bodies and growing up near the sea makes me a water baby of sorts. Though this stream in Pu La Deshpande Garden has too much moss to walk on but kids care…

Bliss

History is not always about wins or losses. It’s not always bitter either. They can bring some soothing moments back. But like Margaret MacMillan cautions us: “We can learn from history, but we can also deceive ourselves when we selectively take evidence from the past to justify what we have already made up our minds…

Rewind. Pause. Learn. Repeat

I usually prefer my own company for meals; I know I am the only one who cannot bail of out a plan. I trust my presence more than anybody else in the world, so when plans cancel they don’t bother me too much. For me, the most interesting thing to do in a restaurant, when…

Go On, Light A Bulb

Swades is and will remain one of the most finest patriotic movies I have ever seen. A few years ago, I wrote about this children’s book (This India, Sheila Dhar) that I managed to get my hands on eventually. It changed my perception of being Indian, just like this movie did. This movie has no…