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…

Sculpted Love

Bangalore is known as the city of lakes and gardens. A pensioner’s paradise that has slowly and reluctantly transformed to an IT hub. Despite the high-speed nature of technology, the city that hosts it continues to be laid back and slow in it’s pace of life. The South of Bangalore continues to hold on to…

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…

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…

Sita Kalyanam

Sita Kalyana VaibhogameRama Kalyana Vaibhogame The great celebration of the marriage of Sita, The great celebration of the marriage of Rama, Pavanaja Stuti Patra Pavana Charitra Ravi Soma Vara Netra Ramaniya Gatra (Sita) He who is praised by Hanuman, the son of wind, He who has a very holy story, He whose eyes are the…

Onam Ashamsakal

I feel privileged to be born and raised with a very cultural diverse background. My parents were born in two different ends of Tamil Nadu, my father’s ancestral village is on the border of Kerala. I am Bombay-bred, and grew up with people from all walks, cultures and ethnicity of the world. Being an agrarian…