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…

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…

The Legacy of Relationships

I am very lucky to be the bratty younger sibling to my naughtier and more thrill-seeking elder brother. Yet the rush of threatening to tattle on him is something I cannot express in words. Years rolled by, but we never became confidants. People often ask me if I am close to my brother, and I…

The Bliss of Books

In my experience, bibliophiles tend to have the best noses. What is the correlation, you ask? Ask anyone who reads, they’d unflinchingly tell you how much they long for and love the smell of books, new or old, worn, fresh of the press or used. But very few take the pains to see the year…

The Worn-out Chair

We all have a favorite object of desire that we refuse to abandon. A lucky pair of socks, that cozy t-shirt or a rare book, each have a story to tell. Whether a hoarder or not, you cannot deny that somethings are too hard to let go off. It may be a car, a PJ…

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…

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…

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…

Ideation Therapy

A bathroom or the loo is everyone’s safe haven. You can spend hours in there and people understand the pull of nature’s call. This confined space is uninhibited. Think of all the perfect sales pitches, the singing contest victories and dance moves that you’ve honed in your shower. In fact Archimedes had his Eureka! moment…

Unwind and Rewind

There is nothing loving than the love of grandparents and pets. Imagine being a in a rustic old house with your favorite old people and doggies that give you unconditional love? If I could be half the person my dog is, I’d be twice the human I am. Charles Yu