Fun activity for the holidays at home 🧩

It’s the first major break since school started in June. Travelling is ruled out during the Puja holidays this time. 10 days at home….what to do? We need an off screen activity and no books please as it’s a break from school and online classes. One fun project that comes to mind is jigsaw puzzles….

Golden chickpea curry 🌟

Kadala or Kabuli channa or Chickpeas make an easy curry that goes well with rice and chapatti. The gravy is rich and creamy, the chickpeas are soft and delicious, combined with the aroma of kasuri methi makes this dish a delicious treat. The only constraint is to remember to soak the chickpeas overnight in water…

Dividend Candidate (#3): CDSL 🤑

CDSL is a business that did well during the pandemic. Take look at the company’s Q1 numbers 👇 The Story So Far… CDSL is Central Depository Services Ltd, in the business of holding securities in the dematerialised form and enabling their transactions. Like the two stock exchanges in India namely BSE and NSE, the depository…

September Dividend Stars ✨

The FMCG giant ITC Ltd gave out a dividend of Rs. 10.15/- per share. The Central Depository Services Ltd (CDSL) paid a dividend of Rs. 4.5/- per share. The media company and Radio Mirchi owner Entertainment Network India Ltd (ENIL) paid Rs 1/- per share as dividend. These were the portfolio payouts for Sep 2020….

Blue start to a new month 💙

The weekdays of 30 Sep and 1 Oct slid past together and it’s only on 2 Oct the realisation that a new month has dawned actually sank in. It helps that 2 Oct is a public holiday marking the birth anniversary of Gandhiji and this time it fell on a Friday. A long weekend to…

A half yearly update on Passive Income 🤑

April & May saw zero income for me from equity. This maybe due to the fact that for companies in India, March marks the financial year end; the next two months are spent compiling the financial results and when the results are finally approved and announced, so are the dividends, if any. Even the Q4…

Prawn delights 🍤

You know the curry is good when the kid says “Why don’t you make this more often?” 😁 Roasted coconut is often added to curries to make the gravies rich, thick and so much more tastier. But the fact that you need to grate coconut, roast and then grind it into paste translates to more…

An afternoon in the city 🏙

September is a birthday month; the kid had zeroed in on his birthday gift months in advance. The weekend was relatively relaxed since not much work spilled over from the weekdays and so we thought of going out and getting the gift shopping done. Saturday dawned as a sunny day, but by noon when we…

Life has it’s moments…👩‍🏫

“Would anyone like to share a joke about Maths?” asks the teacher to the online class. The kid’s Maths teacher was trying to cheer up the students while commencing the second Maths class of the day. This particular teacher radiates positivity and energy that’s infectious and it permeates to the students as well. The Maths…

Life’s new normal 🙆‍♀️

Sept & Oct are busy months in the academic calendar. The mid-term exam dates are announced; there are both practical exams and theory papers. Practical exams without school !? Old habits die hard 😁!! Yes, even during online classes, practical records are to be maintained for experiments that are to be watched on Youtube and…

The making of our Onam Pookkalam 🌸

Happy Onam dear readers 🌹 !! Yesterday, 31 Aug was the Thiru Onam Day. This time, I decided to make a Pookkalam at home and just to make things merrier why not hold an online Pookkalam competition in the family WhatsApp group !? Yup, we did just that and like all good competitions this one…

Stalk and the Bean 🍃 (guest post)

Our appetite for coffee took us further north (a gruelling road trip 300-km long) to the heartland of coffee plantations in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka state where a homestay, Nature Nirvana was arranged. Genuinely located in the lap of nature, this was a place for which Google could not find travel routes. Instead, we had to rely…

Postcards from Wayanad 🛤 (guest post)

Bidding adieu to the teak forests in Nilambur, we travelled further north of Kerala to reach the district of Wayanad. This sleepy district was suddenly thrust into the limelight when Rahul Gandhi decided to contest the Lok Sabha elections from here. Barring the sudden political spotlight, Wayanad has always been a popular weekend getaway for…

Green escapades in north Kerala🌴 (guest post)

Nilambur is a green, picturesque town in the northern district of Malappuram, Kerala renowned for it’s magnificent teak plantations and forests. A perfect green escape from the concrete jungles and asphalt plains of the city. The place is chequered in spectacular hues of green and there is no escaping the majestic trees !! Teak wood…

Good times ahead 🎉

Shashi Tharoor wrote “If America is a melting pot, then to me India is a thali, a selection of sumptuous dishes in different bowls. Each tastes different and does not necessarily mix with the next, but they belong together on the same plate and they complement each other in making the meal a satisfying repast.”…

Craving an Eat Out ⁉️🍹

This time the Independence Day, 15 August fell on a Saturday robbing us of a long weekend🙃.  You may ask whether in the present work from home and online classes situation, do holidays really matter? Isn’t it just another day at home ? Yes, they do matter. We need a break from the online classes…

Good reads for the monsoon 2020 #3 🕌

Time travel does not require a time machine, a good book will suffice. One such read is Istanbul by Thomas F Madden. This engrossing  saga spans the conquest of this port city by the Greeks, Romans, Persians, Arabs, all the way to the making of the modern Turkey, weaving a tapestry of history, myth and legend….

Oh My Gold❗️

I remember this as the name of a TV series hosted by Lisa Ray on TLC, where she explores the love of this precious metal across the different states of the country. This yellow metal is very dear for us and it helps that it is ingrained in our culture that gold ornaments are considered…

POTD: Fish Biryani

I make fish biryani atleast once a week. Easy to make one pot meal keeps everyone happy. The fish I used this time is boneless cubes of sea bass or kalanji in Malayalam.  Crispy pappadam and raita completes the meal😋. The bright yellow hue also adds colour to an otherwise grey and cloudy day here in…

On a learning trail 🌱 (guest post)

The morning air was crisp and cool, and the world was waking up to the sounds of chirping birds and squeaking squirrels foraging for food. My plan was to walk through the campus of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore along a serviced trail that stretched nearly 6 km. This stretch has twin benefits;…