The Feast is Laid

Love it or hate it, plum cakes have been an integral part of our Christmas celebrations. My brother’s school would usually give each student a loaf each, which would make me slightly jealous. Our neighbor would diligently hand a few slices to us after she came back from Midnight mass. No gifts get exchanged, our…

Greet Your Friends

Thank you for being a friendTraveled down a road and back againYour heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant I’m not ashamed to sayI hope it always will stay this wayMy hat is off, won’t you stand up and take a bow And if you threw a partyInvited everyone you knewWell, you would…

Awaiting Good Luck…

Nutcrackers usually signify breaking open tough nuts like walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds to enjoy the deliciousness within. To elaborate, in German folklore, nutcrackers are said to bring good luck to your family and protect your home. Nutcrackers stand for power and strength, and are meant to guard you against evil forces, and also brings in…

Set Up the Mood

Right from August, the festival season starts in India. With guests walking in and out of our houses, it becomes rather important to keep your den presentable and clutter free. I’m neither a pig nor a clean-a-holic. I live with acceptable standards of cleanliness, though my friends may think otherwise. As we gear up for…

Hello, Mister Snowman

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks.Dressed in holiday styleIn the air there’s a feeling of ChristmasChildren laughingPeople passingMeeting smile after smileand on every street corner you’ll hear Silver bells, silver bellsIt’s Christmas time in the cityRing-a-ling, hear them singSoon it will be Christmas day Strings of street lightsEven stop lightsBlink a bright red and greenAs the shoppers…

Imploring From The Windowsill

If you live in a city as bustling as Mumbai, it’s a miracle if you live in a house with windows that open and not slide. Space is a major constraint in the financial capital of India, so luxuries like balconies, ledges and sill outside your window are a rarity. Romeos implore their Juliet on…

Frost For The Feast

‘Tis the last festivities of the year before the curtain falls on a very difficult decade of my life. If you are a regular here, you’d realize the secular nature of my upbringing. As a child, I loved Diwali as much as I looked forward to Christmas. Studying in a convent meant we’d practice for…

Bahubali!

I was mesmerized with the Buttermilk falls, a lot more than I imagined. Right in the center, high up the falls, there is a rock that resembles a fallen tree. Now don’t get me wrong, this is not the place that the famed shivlinga scene from the famous movie Bahubali (part 1) was shot. I’m…

True Love

I have never understood how a foodie is described socially. I love trying out different things, but sadly I have a small stomach. So I can eat a lot of different things, but not a lot in quantity. My gastronomic journey in Bangalore has been disappointing to say the least. One of my favorite things…

Falling To Rise

We live in strange times, reality and fantasy is a blur. Sometimes, I feel we live in a Jumanji-esque universe-when the game is over, the world will become normal again. Forget politics or the mess made by the rich and powerful people in the world, the life I lead also seems to be crumbling around…