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…

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…

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,…

Tailor-Made

I like functional clothes, clothes that basically cover one up comfortably. Aesthetics in clothing or fashion don’t really excite me, but I do prefer well-tailored clothes. Alas, my sedentary lifestyle means my clothes go out of size faster than they go out of fashion. This may surprise people who probably know what I do for…

Coffee, Anyone?

It’s been forever that I’ve been out and about. When I moved back home after a six-year long hiatus, it was time to let go of crammed weekends and meet my friend ant time they are free. Well, they are free alright, but alas, meeting is no longer feasible. Eating out and meeting over weekends…

Built Up & Torn Down

There is something very strangely unsettling about power. Authority is merely a by-product of responsibility: If you are qualified to enough carry out a task, you are responsible for it’s outcome and need to be granted the required authorizations to carry it out efficiently. But most “powerful” people forget this teeny tiny detail. They build…

Bowling Alley

I haven’t really tried my hand at bowling, though some of my friends did try to take me to a bowling alley, with very little luck. Even if I do try my hand at a strike, I’m pretty sure, I’d end up with either a gutter ball, or a three-pin-score. But whatever I end up…