Homemade

I hated cooking. I had a 9 to 5 job and before leaving home, I had to slave in the kitchen for 2 hours, to make breakfast and lunch; followed by another 2 hours after work for dinner. Cooking was a daily chore and though I got the job done, the results were lacking –…

Smoking sizzlers

Saturday, 26 January, was our Republic Day. In the past when I was working, it used to be a holiday in Jan that I used to look forward to; a day to spend at home. But now being at home full-time, it has become a day I look forward to venture outside. The morning kicked…

Plan(ner) for 2019

“Spontaneity is one of the joys of existence, especially if you prepare for it in advance.” Alan Dean Foster, Nor Crystal Tears I have not read the book, like the quote though. The beginning of a brand new year and its a good time to consider getting a Planner. It’s been most helpful to me – tracking…

Happy New Year 2019 !! The best is yet to come

The vessel is called Uruli, once used extensively in the households in Kerala for cooking on the wood fire. Later with the advent of gas and electric stoves, the use of uruli in the kitchen diminished. And now they have re-emerged in living rooms as decorative bowls, filled with flowers floating on water. Here’s wishing such…

A December to remember

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”  Nelson Mandela 2018 is about to end and I reached 100 posts. Starting off in Jan 18, to reach 100 by the year end was a plan, publishing 2 posts a week and its done !! Maybe targeting a definite number of followers or views or likes would…

Table for one

Eating out alone is not an activity that most people enjoy. When alone, most opt for the take-away or order-in. I was uncomfortable the first time I had lunch alone in a restaurant. To add to the discomfort, the tables for two  are usually placed as space fillers in a restaurant; either in the middle,…

Sweet November

The post has nothing in common with the movie of the same name. “Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again.” by Eleanor Roosevelt is currently my favourite birthday quote.  Last week of November saw a dual birthday day in the family. One was my brother’s and my sister-in-law made…

Parent traps: An awareness for Gen X

A weekend workshop was organised at the kid’s school and the topic was Positive Parenting. The pictures in the post are the cartoons that appear in the Times of India newspaper everyday.The workshop started with a reminder about all the mistakes we keep committing as against the Positive Parenting guide. Then to the main areas…

A weekend away

We have routines for the weekdays; many have vouched that it is the best way to get things done. We are on auto pilot, things are pre-planned, compiled from the many lists we keep and we simply have to stick to the final to-do list. The days are devoid of the daunting task of decision-making…