Celebrating Life

Festivals in India is fun, festive and brimming with food. As you’d probably know, if you’ve been around a while, I get to celebrate 3-4 harvest festivals because of my lineage. I’m a Tamilian, who’s parents belong to either sides of the state’s border, and I was born and raised in Mumbai, which celebrates the…

Sukhkarta Dukhharta … Suravaravandana

Sukhkarta Dukhharta Varta VighnachNurvi Purvi Prema Kripa JayachiSarvangi Sundara Uti ShendurachiKanthi Jhalake Maala MuktaphalanchiJai Deva Jai Deva Jai MangalamurtiDarshanamatre Manakamana Purti Salutations the giver of joy, the remover of sorrow, and the one who eliminates hurdlesthe one who spreads love and grace everywherethe one with a beautiful body smeared with vermilionand the one who sports…

Mahalaksmi Ashtakam

Namasthesthu MahamayeSree Peede, Sura PoojitheSanka Chakra Gadha HastheMaha Lakshmi NamosthutheReverential Salutations to You, the Primordial Cause of Creation; Who Abides in Her Transcendental Abode and is Worshipped by the Suras,Who is adorned with a Conch, Discus and Mace in Her Hands; Reverential Salutations to You, O Devi Mahalakshmi. Namasthe GarudarudeKolasura BhayamkariSarva Papa Hare DeviMaha Lakshmi…

It’s Christmas Eve!

May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope; The spirit of Christmas which is peace; The heart of Christmas which is love. Ada V. Hendricks

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…

Ram Leela

Like I’ve mentioned before, I am one of the luckiest souls to be born in a very diverse Indian cultural mix. So from Raksha Bandhan to Holi and Ramlila to Vijayadashmi to Diwali and Christmas, we get to witness and celebrate everything under the sun with much fanfare. Most Ramlilas in North India are based…

Navratri Fanfare

I LOVE stories.. it is the butter, jam, jelly, caramel and pickle to my bread. As a story teller, Navarati is most certainly my most favorite festival of the year (well, second to Diwali, which is usually birthday time!). For the past few years, especially since I moved to Bangalore, I look forward to setting…

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…