Switching the exam mode ๐Ÿ“

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 ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ“–

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) ๐Ÿงน

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 outโ—๏ธ

“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 ๐Ÿ‘‘

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 ๐ŸŒƒ

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 โ˜๏ธ โ˜๏ธ

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) โžฐ๐Ÿ

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 ๐Ÿงฉ

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 ๐Ÿ’™

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 ๐Ÿ™

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…๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ

“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 ๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™€๏ธ

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 ๐Ÿ˜!! Yes, even during online classes, practical records are to be maintained for experiments that are to be watched on Youtube and…

Oh My Goldโ—๏ธ

I remember this as the name of a TV series hosted by Lisa Ray on TLC, where she explores the love of this precious metal across the different states of the country. This yellow metal is very dear for us and it helps that it is ingrained in our culture that gold ornaments are considered…

POTD: Vallam ๐Ÿ›ถ

There is a road, a highway actually in front my parents home in Kottayam, Kerala; along the banks of the Meenachil river. The river water has spilled onto the roads again this monsoon. While the buses and cars have stopped plying, it’s time to bring out the vallam, the small black beaked boat popularly sighted…

Another August Monsoon in Kerala ๐ŸŒด

Sitting in Bangalore, I can romanticise the monsoons in Kerala. But the people in Kerala esp. in this month of August will fail to see my excitement. It’s a hat trick for the state in terms of the floods in August; this year is third time in the running๐ŸŒง. From the past two years’ experience,…

Free reads from Medium

Taking up the 3 free reads from Medium happens on the 1st of every month and August was no exception. It’s just that getting down to writing about it took some time. Here they are: [1] 5 Things You Should Do Before Lunch by Shaunta Grimes We definitely do more than 5 things before lunch;…

Catching a rainbow ๐ŸŒˆ

Everyone agrees that rainbows are magical. Their rare appearance make them a miracle and hence when you chance upon one it definitely feels special. Whoever sees one, will start calling everyone else around to come and see… It began to rain abruptly on Saturday evening๐ŸŒง, but stopped within an hour. Soon the clouds gave way…