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….

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…

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’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…

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…

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;…

Independence day photo trail 🦚

15 Aug 2020: Our 74th Independence day 🇮🇳 We had flag hoisting in our apartment complex in the morning. On the digital front, Google announced this special day with a colourful doodle😘. The public holiday also had a special treat for the residents of our apartment. Oven Story, a homegrown pizza brand was here to…

Adding a new rhythm to my mornings🚶🏻‍♀️

There are no school buses to catch, breakfast to be hurried or lunch boxes to be packed. In fact, mornings have become so leisurely and calm that it is an absolute pleasure to wake up to a new day. I spent most of the early morn sitting by the balcony window with my tea and…

Breakfast bites 💕

Good morning 🌤 Friday evening we had a visit once again from the Carnival Cakes & Breads people; they had a couple of new items on their menu this time – Focaccia bread, veg puffs, egg puffs and vada pav😘. The egg puffs were in demand and were over in the first thirty minutes of…

Sweet Carnival 🧁

Good morning⛅️ Tea and a butter croissant🥐, a perfect start to the day ! The butter croissant is from the local store Carnival Cakes & Breads; they had a sale outside our apartment complex yesterday and we bought quite a lot of bakery items. If the start of today was sweet, yesterday night was a treat…

Sour necessity

There has been a sharp spike in the daily count of COVID 19 cases in Bangalore. The IT hub of India hosts a large number of people from the neighbouring states and the newspapers on Sunday reported that the residents, anticipating another round of lockdown are fleeing the city; the inter-state borders are open and…

Breakfast bites ☕️

Sunday morning, breakfast is being served outside, literally😀. We have a stall from the food chain A2B set up in the visitor’s parking lot outside the flat and they are serving hot south Indian fare. This has been a new happening since the Unlock 1.0 began. Masala dosa and vada with sides of sambar and…

Trivia 🔺🧪

“Sodium is a loser” says the Chemistry teacher. Why? I wonder from the kitchen. I am making breakfast and the kid’s first online class is underway. “Chlorine snatches away the electrons” the teacher says next. “Sodium is electropositive, has the tendency to loose electrons; while chlorine is electronegative, has the tendency to gain electrons.” I…

As May ends…🗓

The weather changes towards the last week of May. It starts in the latter half of the day; the evening breeze becomes cooler and blows stronger, a welcome relief from the oppressing heat as the cool air rushes into the house pushing out the hot air trapped inside. In a few days, the breeze gives…

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…

Rose Bazaar: For the Gods need fresh flowers everyday🌹

The vegetable vendor brings a special request from the wholesale market in addition to the normal quota of fruits and veg – stemless fresh cut flowers for puja at homes. The selection of red roses, yellow and orange marigolds are brought tied in transparent polythene bags and given to the ladies for the daily puja….

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,…

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…