Monsoon memories 🌧

The books arrived one by one on different days; I tear open the plastic envelopes in happy anticipation. Finally I have the five books to read through the monsoon months of June, July & August. Am living in Bangalore, but half of me is synchronised to the events calendar in Kerala🗓. By 2 June, monsoon arrived…

Breakfast bites 🌅

“Your online class will start in 15 min⏰” I shout from the kitchen. Some things never change. Earlier the line used to be “Your bus will be here in 15 min…get up !!” The kid would be awake, just lazy to get out from the warm covers. Mornings in Bangalore are chilly now. But still…

House 🩺

“Any doubts?” asks the teacher “Say something idiots !” Couldn’t help overhearing. The kid’s online classes are underway and the sound is on speaker. “Very good beta (meaning son in Hindi)” applauds the same teacher when a kid answered correctly. The kids vacillate between idiots and beta depending on their class participation. I first thought it rude that…

Mangoes & Music 🥁🎶

“What mangoes are these?” asks the lady to the vegetable vendor who visits our flat. “Banganapalli” says he. “You want?” he asks The lady does not reply. The mangoes looked perfect like a big yellow juicy commas. “What mangoes are you looking for?” another lady asks “Alphonso?” “Yes” says the lady no.1 “Ah! they are very…

Safe to Shop…⁉️ 🛍

It’s official, the Lockdown 4.0 is declared till 31 May. There are however some relaxations and opening of standalone shops that can maintain the social distancing norms is one. The shops have marked squares three feet apart from each other, designating where you have to wait for your turn to enter the shop. Cash is…

Panchayat on Prime : A glimpse into rural India🌻

Panchayat is a new series on Amazon Prime. Rural India is often described as – charming, colourful and rustic; sugar coated words really – rural India is poor, dusty and lacking in infrastructure. Why would anyone want to go there? And that’s exactly the feelings of the protagonist Abhishek Tripathi, an engineering graduate who gets the…

Roots & shoots 🌱🌵

We are soon to enter Lockdown 4.0 from 18 May 2020. The PM said yesterday that the new set of rules will be announced on 18th. I am tried from all the housework; the heat is not helping either. I called my maid asking whether she could come. She said travelling was difficult as public…

Morning musings🌤

3 May marked the last day of the lockdown. People were wondering what next? The answer soon arrived. From 4 May onwards for the next two weeks a new set of rules has been announced. A curfew at night between 7 pm to 7 am has come into force. During  daytime the shops can open,…

Storm in a cup ☕️

By 7:00 am the sun is up and blazing. But people are slow risers now, what’s the rush? In fact households were still waking up. The milk packets are seen piled up on the table in front of security cabin at the main gate. The delivery guy is not allowed into the building, so he leaves…

Between now and then 🗓…

Day 1 of the lockdown🗓… There are two shops in our vicinity for grocery shopping. One was closed. As we approached the second one there were a large number of cars parked near it, but the shop’s shutters were down and a group of people were standing outside with carry bags. People were waiting for…

A booming business amidst the lockdown 💻

The kid’s classes are scheduled to begin in the first week of April and it doesn’t seem like it will. Then the institute came up with the plan to conduct online classes. But do we have the infrastructure for that? And that’s when I first heard about the Zoom app. As per the institute’s instructions,…

Collateral Damage 👫

“Why can’t you take some responsibility?” wow…that’s crystal clear and it came from one of the adjacent flats. I am not eavesdropping😇; I was at my kitchen sink washing dishes. I could always hear pots and plates being noisily moved about in the nearby flats’ kitchens but I have never been able to catch a…

21 days ‼️

…lockdown for the whole country, starting Tuesday mid-night, the PM announced yesterday. People took sometime to digest the news. Though drastic, everyone knows it is necessary to prevent a contagion. After accepting this, next thought is do we have enough supplies to get us going for the next 21 days? And this is where the…

Monday mayhem🌤

We needed to buy some groceries and drinking water. In Bangalore, we buy the drinking water; the tap water here is hard water. So in case of any lockdown, drinking water is the highest on the list to stock up. While moving to Bangalore, one of the major decisions is whether to be buying the…

Care for the hard-working hands🙋‍♀️

With the house in full attendance and my maid on leave till things cool down, the quantum of housework has increased. Though the washing machine is a household standard, we do not own a dishwasher. And as advised, we are currently on an overdrive in washing our hands more often than ever and liberal in…

Mango Showers : [2] A Pleasant Surprise 🌧

The day was hot as usual but come evening it suddenly became very cool, looks like it is going to rain; but we haven’t seen rain for sometime now. And soon it did, started as drizzle and then the clouds burst open in a heavy downpour🌧; it lasted maybe for 5 to 8 minutes only….

Precaution or paranoia : The debate draws on 🙅‍♀️

The first casualty of the kid’s endeavour to make an omelette is the pepper bottle. “It slipped from my hand !” he said as he was attempting to season the egg in the frying pan. Sheesh…more work for me🤦‍♀️. The glass splintered and the pepper scattered on the floor. I asked my maid to take leave…

So far, so good🌤

Kids’ board exams just got over, he is happy and we are thankful. The exams went on as per schedule with masks and hand sanitisers allowed in the exam hall. All the schools have long been shut, only the board exams are being conducted. There were smiles of relief and joy on faces of kids…

The waiting game

The weather in Bangalore is hot and dry. It feels uncomfortable, we would much prefer some humidity to the dryness. Considering the efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, all schools, malls, theatres have been closed. Kids and spouses are at home. It seems to be the prefect time to take-off together for a holiday somewhere….

Delightfully Ikea 🏵

Ikea – the organising haven😊. It was a bit surprising that bypassing the metros like Mumbai and Delhi, Ikea chose Hyderabad to open it’s first store in the country. For outsiders like me, Hyderabad just received another tourist attraction. The aisles for storage are usually never visible to the customer in any shop, but in…