POTD: Summer sky ☁️☁️

Blue skies framed by Gulmohar A glimpse of the creator I thank him for opening my eyes ! 💮💮💮 Till next post, take care !!

Gulmohar ♥️🌿

The trees in bloom in Bangalore are harbingers of the changing seasons. It’s just a month ago that the Garden City was swathed in delicate pink and yellow from the tabebuia rosea and aurum trees 👉Tabebuia bloom in Bangalore 🌸🌸 heralding spring. And in May the city’s canopy has changed to red – the bright…

POTD: River and rain in Kerala 🌧🌧

My folks at home in Kerala reported incessant rains from yesterday morning, 14 May Friday and it’s still raining there today also. The reason is a depression and low pressure over the Arabian sea that could potentially be a cyclone (named Tauktae) in the making. The rains though are providing a welcome relief from the…

Embassy Office Parks REIT: Opportunity amidst the uncertainty 🏢

It’s been two full years of operations since the listing for Embassy Office Parks REIT, India’s first listed office space REIT and during both years EOPREIT has delivered the payouts to the unit holders as per the set targets. For the pandemic year of 2020-21, the cumulative payout per unit for the year was Rs….

POTD: Prayer flags 🚩

“The Buddhists….put their prayer flags where the wind will blow them and their prayer wheels in the streams where the water will turn them and get on with their work while the prayers are said. I think that is wisdom.” – Rumer Godden, British author  The photo is a view from the Buddhist temple at the…

CDSL: Rock & Roll 🥁 (Doubles the dividend for FY 20-21)

My first post on CDSL was on 5 Oct 2020👉 Dividend Candidate (#3): CDSL 🤑, mentioning the company’s spectacular performance in Q1 of FY 20-21. The CMP (current market price) on that date was Rs. 482.70/- and the CMP on 30 Apr 2021 is Rs. 810/- ✨. And that is only part of the good…

Tasty Ajwain Poori 😋

Ajwain (also called carom seed) is a spice known for it’s distinctive and enticing aroma. When I saw this cartoon in today’s BL, my mind jumped to the strong aroma of ajwain and the morning’s breakfast was decided. Poori and aloo (potato) masala. Where is the ajwain ? In the poori – it’s Ajwain Poori…

POTD: Summer rain & reflections

It’s pseudo-lockdown in Bangalore due to the severity of the 2nd wave of Covid 19. All shops are closed but home deliveries are happening. With nowhere to go, the roads are empty. At the main roads there are cops asking why you are venturing out. And yes, there is vaccine shortage or maybe it’s just…

Gen Y Parental Gift Traps 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 (guest post)

There is a current trend among Gen Y parents to ensure that their Kids have a comfortable life and don’t struggle as they have had to. Admirable as this may seem, maybe Gen Y parents should also pay heed to Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.  Nature is the World’s best teacher and Gen Y parents can…

Investment ideas for 18-25 year olds 🚶🏻‍♂️🚶🏻‍♀️

In college and pursuing graduate courses; food, accommodation and other expenses paid for by parents, popularly referred to as Gen Z; but the kids themselves most likely will not have any investible surplus. So where is the question of investing? It’s the parents who want to start the kids on their compounding journey and want…

Semiya payasam 🎊

Three times this year we got to celebrate the New Year 🥳. Not many in terms of company for the festivities, but you can still bring some cheer and change by whisking up one of those special occasion dishes ! New Year is 1 Jan as per the Gregorian calendar; 13 Apr is New Year…

POTD: White Moon 🌝

Irrespective of how old you are and how often you have seen the moon during the day, you still can’t help exclaiming “The moon is out early !” How come ? You wonder silently. And if you are with company, you point the moon out to the other(s)😊. “Look !” And that was it. Can…

18 April: World Heritage Day 🌎 – Forts of South India

Celebrated on 18 April, it started off as “International Day for Monuments and Sites” and after approval from UNESCO in 1983, it was made popular as World Heritage Day. 2021 World Heritage Day theme is “Complex Pasts: Diverse Futures” This would be the apt title for our Indian heritage – it’s complex! The history text…

Iftar special recipe 🥥

Back in Kochi, in our second rented apartment, our immediate neighbours were Muslims. One evening, during the second half of the fasting month of Ramadan, the lady of the house rang our door bell and asked for two plates and two bowls. Why I asked? To give us some of their Iftar food, she said….

Memorable Easter brunch 🥂

Easter was last Sunday (4 Apr); we had cousins over for brunch and here’s a glimpse of the spread. Why am I writing a week after Easter? Because things didn’t go as per plan and it’s the little surprises along the way that make the occasion memorable 😌. So let’s start with the menu –…

POTD: A moment in memory

This would be a familiar picture for many. Any guesses !? I do not know if it is still there; this was an exhibit at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. We were there in 2017 👉Singapore Day #2: ArtScience Museum, Gardens by the Bay & Marina Bay Sands I don’t remember seeing any…

Seasons in the Hills 🌲🌸

April-May is school vacation; schools close for the summer and families plan to escape the heat and head for the hill stations⛰. Our routine in Kerala for several years was to hop into our car and drive to my parents home. The kid and grandparents are ecstatic to see each other and I am happy…

Equwise: Mindful beginning to FY 22 🗓

It’s already 7 April. The first week flew past mainly due to Good Friday and Easter; fasting and feasting🥂. March was year end and that pressure from work is over. And before we start making vacation plans, it is a good time to take stock of our individual balance sheet; to see whether we have…

POTD: Champa ❀❀

A reference to the Champa is found in almost all books Indian. It’s sweet scent is what attracts the pen “From across the road, the dense heavy scent of the champak wafts in.” writes Anita Nair about her home in Bangalore in the book Goodnight and God Bless 👉A charming slice of life 🍰📖 I…