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…

Le Creuset lunches 🍛

This Advent season, I bought a few colourful dinnerware pieces from Le Creuset. I wanted to buy their cast iron cook pot, but felt it too heavy. I don’t want to do such heavy lifting in the kitchen right now. I am a Corelle fan, their plates are the absolute best. But the colour on…

POTD: November Rain 🌃

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…

POTD: Diwali lights💡

Happy Diwali 🪔 November nights are cold here in Bangalore, but aglow with a thousand LEDs. It’s a lovely sight to see. Almost every balcony is decorated and it’s hard not to be mesmerized by the twinkling lights. It’s that time of the year again and it’s beautiful !! Till next post, take care !!

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…

Life has it’s moments…👩‍🏫

“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 🙆‍♀️

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…

The making of our Onam Pookkalam 🌸

Happy Onam dear readers 🌹 !! Yesterday, 31 Aug was the Thiru Onam Day. This time, I decided to make a Pookkalam at home and just to make things merrier why not hold an online Pookkalam competition in the family WhatsApp group !? Yup, we did just that and like all good competitions this one…

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…

Oh My Gold❗️

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…

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…

POTD: Vallam 🛶

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 🌴

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 running🌧. 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 🌈

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 evening🌧, but stopped within an hour. Soon the clouds gave way…

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…

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…