Bangalore Days

Bangalore. The garden city. The Silicon Valley of India. Not to be confused with Nainital (the official city of lakes), this city has a lake everywhere you turn. It is also a city with several books written about it — I’ve read many of them myself (My Days in the Underworld: Rise of the Bangalore…

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…

Spark of Life

I love Diwali, which you know by now if you’ve stuck around here for a while. I love the festivities, the clay lamps, lights, and the delicacies of the season. I have never been a big fan of noisy crackers, and growing up rockets that exploded into a beautiful spectacle of light were beyond reason…

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…

Let There Be Light

I love Diwali. Apart from the common traditions, I have my own ways and means to celebrate. I tend to buy a lot of locally made clay lamps, and I love experimenting with paints of different types. I love them bright and clean; glitter or shimmer is not my thing. This year, I picked small…

Celebrations of Life

Like I’ve mentioned many times before, India is incredibly festive as a country; we look for reasons to cook, dress up and celebrate with everyone around. Many of these recipes are an indication of the region you belong to and the season the celebration is in. Since I have lived in Bombay since I was…

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,…