Sweet Nothings

I’m not a sweet-toothed person, but a sweet shop is a visual delight. The way a sweet meat or cake shop is set up, it is just built to entice you to buy something. The beautiful cakes, cup cakes, muffins, donuts, eclairs, coffee and lollipops make your heart sing with joy. When I was putting…

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

A Visit from St. Nicholas BY CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the houseNot a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;The children were nestled all snug in their beds;While visions of sugar-plums danced in…

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…

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…

On and Off the Trending Train

Like I mentioned before, I am not too keen on cooking unless I have cravings or am hungry. Food fads and trends don’t really excite me too much, unless I wish to craft around it. Although I am a coffee-holic, it’s too much work to just make a cup of coffee that I’d love in…

Lock Down Baking

I like cooking, but I don’t find the activity therapeutic or spiritual. There was a time I would bake a lot of nankhaties (Indian shortbread cookies) in my mother’s microwave, but that phase faded when college ended. A lot of life happened, and cooking eventually became a burden. I did start cooking again when I…

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…

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…