October bliss β˜”οΈ

Puja holidays have started in Bangalore, schools are closed for the next 10 days and people are mulling travel πŸ˜€. The intermittent rains and the cloudy days give a kind of holiday feel to Bangalore. Bliss !! The gardeners had cropped the rain lilies in September; but now they have grown back and are beginning…

September, so far…πŸ—“

The month is almost half done and this Monday, we are recovering from the lethargy of a long weekend. Friday was a festival holiday, Ganesh Chaturthi, followed by the weekend. This weekend we ventured to a new restaurant housed inside the 1MG Mall; more on that in a separate post. September was the due date…

A week in pics πŸŽ‹

What’s news !? Rains β˜”οΈ The weather in Bangalore is dreamy. The lockdown here has been lifted and under the erstwhile normal we should be stepping out to explore the city esp. during the weekends; but not so much now. Surprisingly, we are still content to remain at home ! The home deliveries have been…

POTD: Spotted πŸ¦‹

When you have the time to click butterfly photosπŸ¦‹, it’s a sign that you are relaxed and have time on your sideπŸ˜„. Both are good indicators because June so far has been hectic; more on that later. But today morning was unhurried and so while venturing out to collect the fish delivered at our apartment…

Switching the exam mode πŸ“

The academic year 2020-21 has been unique experience for the teachers, students and parents, with the online mode of learning. The kid is in Grade 11 and had changed school after his 10th. He went to his new school to write their entrance exam for admission and since then hasn’t set foot in the campus….

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…

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…

POTD: Lights out❗️

“People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (famous for the theory of the five stages of grief) A photo a day keeps my blues away…

People of the Pepper Kingdom πŸ‘‘

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…

POTD: November Rain πŸŒƒ

I keep a T light candle lighted by my kitchen window. The small glow gives me warmth and company as I wash the dishes at night. Nights are cold in Bangalore now. On one rainy evening, the rain drops created this beautiful sight in front of me. The light outside is from a street light…

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…

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…

POTD: Misty morning in Namma Bengaluru

All seasons are to be enjoyed !! The weather in Bangalore is glorious. The view outside today morning was magical. My apartment is on the 1st floor, so this is a bottom up view. For someone living on the 14th floor, the top down view would be equally spectacular !! Have a great day ahead…

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 πŸ’™

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 πŸ™

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 has it’s moments…πŸ‘©β€πŸ«

“Would anyone like to share a joke about Maths?” asks the teacher to the online class. The kid’s Maths teacher was trying to cheer up the students while commencing the second Maths class of the day. This particular teacher radiates positivity and energy that’s infectious and it permeates to the students as well. The Maths…

Life’s new normal πŸ™†β€β™€οΈ

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…