Wisdom of the North ❄️: Wintering by Katherine May πŸ“–

January 2022, the Kochi airport departure terminal wears a deserted look. In keeping with the trying pandemic times, the theme seems to have shifted from aesthetics and comfortable experience to merely functional. Most of the eating joints have been shut. As a precautionary measure in the uncertain times I arrived at the airport well in…

Reading lists (2021) πŸ“

“In order to find the treasure, you will have to follow the omens. God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you.” reads the lines from The Alchemist. The book whose English edition was first published in 1993, was surprisingly the most popular…

Sparkle for the dreary days ✨

The edges of the book are worn out; it’s a second hand book from the bookshops on Church Street, Bangalore. The title was first published in 1997. My second Alain De Botton book; the first one was The Art of Travel πŸ‘‰ The perfect muse to (or not) travel 🧚 I have heard of and…

A pick-me-up for motivation πŸ“–

I was seated at a cafe looking forward to a few idle hours in the company of a book and some tasty food. As I was about to order, I recognised a familiar face emerge through the doors; a distant relative. Both of us were surprised to see each other. “What are you doing here?”…

The good old days… πŸ“–

This is my second RK Narayan book; second hand, bought from Blossoms on Church Street πŸ‘‰ A Sunday browsing second hand booksπŸ­πŸ“š My first RK Narayan book was a travel book The Emerald Route πŸ‘‰ Celebrating Karnataka: Beyond Bangalore🌱 I have not read his most famous books with setting in the the town of Malgudi,…

Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri πŸ“–

“I dislike waking up and feeling pushed inevitably forward. But today, Saturday, I don’t have to leave the house. I can wake up and not have to get up. There’s nothing better.” Yes, I bought a copy too. Amidst the pandemic, lockdown and cyclones raging outside, Amazon is still delivering πŸ˜ƒ. It’s a rare buy…

Landour Days by Ruskin Bond: 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 stationsβ›°. 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…

Tourist in my city πŸ‘’

I never imagined I will call Bangalore as my city. Kochi has always been my city simply because it is where my home is – a house of my own. Hubs definition of home is different; he plays to the gallery. He was asked once in our family WhatsApp group by my cousins on his…

The perfect muse to (or not) travel 🧚

I stumble into books; this one was an accidental discovery in an in-flight magazine; on their list of the five best books on travel and it was the first one the list. I remember watching Alain De Botton on YouTube once and I was very curious on what he has to say on travel. I…

A charming slice of life πŸ°πŸ“–

One chapter a day would be the ideal pace for reading the book Goodnight and God Bless by Anita Nair, I reasoned as I ordered the book from Amazon and awaited it’s arrival. The reviews said it was a collection of bedside ruminations by Anita Nair and would be a good bed time read. But…

A Sunday browsing second hand booksπŸ­πŸ“š

Downtown Garden City still has a green canopy! ☘️ It’s Sunday and since November last year, when we started going about the city again, once a month visit to Church street has become a casual routine. Three- fourth of the Church street has been closed to traffic and it has now become a popular backdrop…

Adding meaning to daily chores (Buddhist approach) 🧹

Finding some inspiration to carry out the mundane daily chores around the house is a tough ask. Inspiration just like motivation is needed every once in a while in small doses to keep the spirits up. And one such small and effective source is a book I spied called “A Monk’s Guide to a Clean…

Money is always found on an outlier’s tail 🧐

The title is hideous, I know πŸ˜‚. Below is the graph of the Indian benchmark index the BSE Sensex for the year 2020 so far. 23 March 2020 was a significant low for the Sensex. And looking at the way things have played out, the Sensex recovered smartly from the lows and currently it is…

A glorious afternoon at Church street, Bangalore πŸŽ‹

It’s been over a month since we stepped out of the apartment and it was high time. The kid’s mid-term exams were over, festival holidays were underway and we were yearning for a change in scenery. It was late morning on a Sunday and we drove over to MG Road. The shop fronts were decorated…