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…

Rose Bazaar: For the Gods need fresh flowers everyday🌹

The vegetable vendor brings a special request from the wholesale market in addition to the normal quota of fruits and veg – stemless fresh cut flowers for puja at homes. The selection of red roses, yellow and orange marigolds are brought tied in transparent polythene bags and given to the ladies for the daily puja….

Roots & shoots 🌱🌵

We are soon to enter Lockdown 4.0 from 18 May 2020. The PM said yesterday that the new set of rules will be announced on 18th. I am tried from all the housework; the heat is not helping either. I called my maid asking whether she could come. She said travelling was difficult as public…

Morning musings🌤

3 May marked the last day of the lockdown. People were wondering what next? The answer soon arrived. From 4 May onwards for the next two weeks a new set of rules has been announced. A curfew at night between 7 pm to 7 am has come into force. During  daytime the shops can open,…

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,…

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…

21 days ‼️

…lockdown for the whole country, starting Tuesday mid-night, the PM announced yesterday. People took sometime to digest the news. Though drastic, everyone knows it is necessary to prevent a contagion. After accepting this, next thought is do we have enough supplies to get us going for the next 21 days? And this is where the…

Monday mayhem🌤

We needed to buy some groceries and drinking water. In Bangalore, we buy the drinking water; the tap water here is hard water. So in case of any lockdown, drinking water is the highest on the list to stock up. While moving to Bangalore, one of the major decisions is whether to be buying the…

Care for the hard-working hands🙋‍♀️

With the house in full attendance and my maid on leave till things cool down, the quantum of housework has increased. Though the washing machine is a household standard, we do not own a dishwasher. And as advised, we are currently on an overdrive in washing our hands more often than ever and liberal in…

Mango Showers : [2] A Pleasant Surprise 🌧

The day was hot as usual but come evening it suddenly became very cool, looks like it is going to rain; but we haven’t seen rain for sometime now. And soon it did, started as drizzle and then the clouds burst open in a heavy downpour🌧; it lasted maybe for 5 to 8 minutes only….

Precaution or paranoia : The debate draws on 🙅‍♀️

The first casualty of the kid’s endeavour to make an omelette is the pepper bottle. “It slipped from my hand !” he said as he was attempting to season the egg in the frying pan. Sheesh…more work for me🤦‍♀️. The glass splintered and the pepper scattered on the floor. I asked my maid to take leave…

Delightfully Ikea 🏵

Ikea – the organising haven😊. It was a bit surprising that bypassing the metros like Mumbai and Delhi, Ikea chose Hyderabad to open it’s first store in the country. For outsiders like me, Hyderabad just received another tourist attraction. The aisles for storage are usually never visible to the customer in any shop, but in…

Season’s special: Strawberries🍓

Strawberry jam, strawberry ice cream…a few of my favourite things made from strawberries are sweet and delightful; so could the actual fruit itself be any different. Unfortunately yes..!!   January to March is the strawberry season🍓 and these red juicy gold freckled fruits make their appearance in the supermarkets and wow…fresh sweet strawberries, we take…

Current Netflix faves

We are currently watching season 3 of Lucifer on Netflix. The story is about the Devil coming to earth for a vaccation. He likes it on earth and decides to extend his stay; takes on the name Lucifer Morningstar, opens a night club in Los Angeles. During the day he works with a LAPD detective…

As If I Care 😇

A sassy title😀…well that’s the name of my new lipstick for the year MAC’s As If I Care💄. It’s dark pink with a silky rich feel which they say is due to infusion of argan oil. I love it !! The name is cheeky and the shade is heavenly. Perfect match😘. Lipstick is the key…

Wedding weekend in Kerala💐

Republic Day weekend; the kid’s school sent a message asking us to watch the Republic Day parade on the TV to see “the newly inducted stealth attack helicopter Apache and the transport helicopter Chinook” taking part in the fly past for the first time. But we were miles away in Kerala attending a family wedding….

Women must learn to earn…an additional income🦹‍♀️

“A woman’s best protection is a little money of her own.” – Clare Boothe Luce (first American woman appointed as an ambassador) “My husband gives me Rs. 500/- to fill petrol in the car; I fill petrol for Rs. 300/- and keep Rs. 200/- for myself.” My friend is an MBA grad; she and her…

Forest Essentials – Premium Ayurvedic skin care

The Indian middle class, to which I belong, are renowned for our value for money mentality when it comes to spending cash – may it be on clothes, groceries, trips, cars, electronics, anything. Hence the multi-national companies when they customise products for the Indian consumer – more bang for the buck is what they know we look…