People of the Pepper Kingdom 👑

Accompanying me on this trip to Kerala is the book “Eating India” by Chitrita Banerji. Borrowing a line from the book on Kerala… “A state tourism brochure proclaims: ‘With the Arabian Sea to the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 meters to the east and networked by forty-four rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that…

Musings @ 32,000 ft ☁️ ☁️

It suddenly struck me that, one of the things that I have been missing for over a decade or so is claiming the window seat in an airplane. Once you have kid(s), the window seat becomes their privilege and you settle for the middle or aisle. Its nice to get the window seat.  I was…

Punalur – A (road) trip down the memory lane (guest post)🚂

So far our road trip from Bangalore to Kerala was uneventful; we sped along the empty highways crossing Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and finally arrived at the borders of Kerala. After 8 hours of non-stop driving and a ½-hr pitstop, it was the Tamil Nadu-Kerala interstate check post at Aryankavu which was proving to be a…

Bee an Angel (guest post) ➰🐝

I was comfortably seated in the cool ambience of an Audi Q3 Quattro. The Q3 moved and behaved like a king on the road; in the 650-odd km run to my home, I was constantly aware that no other vehicle overtook it. The cruise control served like a charm on long stretches, and the sporty…

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…

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…

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,…

Cutting through the clutter: Oaktree Memos 🍀

Howard Marks is the co-founder of the investment management firm in the US called Oaktree Capital Management. He is an author on financial markets, his most famous book being Mastering the Market Cycle. He is also a guru to many investment managers around the globe. He dispenses his thoughts and views on the financial markets…

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…