Divided by Society, Tied by the Heart

In the six years that I spent away from my hometown, I lived, learnt and traveled quite a lot. For some inexplicable reason, I am drawn to zoos in almost every place I visited. The pictures here are from the Bannerghatta Zoo, Butterfly park and Safari, which is the last place I went to, before…

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…

Tyger, Tyger

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies. Burnt the fire of thine eyes?On what wings dare he aspire?What the hand, dare seize the fire? And what shoulder, & what art,Could twist the sinews of thy heart?And when thy heart began…

Jub-Jub

I didn’t actually know about iguanas, before I watched the episode “A Fish Called Selma” from season 19 of The Simpsons. If you haven’t seen the episode, you should, it is a fitting tribute to Phil Hartman‘s genius abilities. Jub-Jub Bouvier as he was referred to, was Gladys’ pet that ends up with Selma through Gladys’…

Winds of Change

According to traditional belief, because the symbols and mantras on prayer flags are sacred, they should be treated with respect. These flags are usually placed at a height, ideally at a doorframe. Tibetan prayer flags come in sets of five colors: blue, white, red, green, and yellow. Blue symbolizes the sky and space, white symbolizes…