Donkey Days

It isn’t everyday that one gets to meet the inspiration behind a star.  Not just any star, but an internationally loved one, with no scandals or gossip magazines thrusting their weight of circulation and readership behind them. Where do such stars exist? you ask thinking of all the gossip columns, and the entire magazine staff making … Continue reading “Donkey Days”

Snail Tales

When R K Narayan said, writing is like a yoga, I suppose he didn’t quite envision the exact pose in which inspiration would strike. For me, it seems to be in the Shavasana(sleeping or corpse) pose. Take Saturday night for instance. I had mooned about the hills early in the am. Happy  cows, and cheeky … Continue reading “Snail Tales”

The Statues of Liberty

I have had the luxury of traveling and reading the past few days. I read and watched the following in one glorious spurt: I preferred the books and movies with animals & the magic of our thriving universe in them over the ones with just humans in this lot though. Forgotten Beasts  – by Matt … Continue reading “The Statues of Liberty”

Back from the Brink

Matt Sewell’s, book, Forgotten Beasts: Amazing creatures that once roamed the Earth is a highly captivating book of animals that once roamed the Earth. Beautifully illustrated, this book is a marvel. Every time, I marvel at how life managed to thrive, sustain, and regenerate in all its fantastic forms. As I thumbed through the pages, … Continue reading “Back from the Brink”

Is This Bohemian Chic?

We have been gallivanting across Boston and New York the past few days.  I remember reading a children’s book a long time ago about the country mouse who came to visit his cousin who lived in the town. Not surprisingly, I commiserated with the little country mouse who was dazzled and sprazzled by the city.  … Continue reading “Is This Bohemian Chic?”

The New Nest

The chirping of the birds in the morning is a welcome sound. I hadn’t really stopped to think about it much till the pandemic year came about. The sudden quieting of the traffic, the necessary stalling of our maddening rush all contributed to this I suppose. I found myself taking my little cups of refreshing coffee … Continue reading “The New Nest”

The Laughing Life

The son tumbled out of his room with yet another joke. His teachers apparently tell them a joke every now and then, and he repeats them to me if he finds them really funny, or remembers to. One of the many gifts of the Covid lifestyle are little snippets like this. I stood there waiting … Continue reading “The Laughing Life”

The Magic of Story-Telling

“Stop being a Jellyfish!” said the husband. “I knew you were going to say that – you are such an open book yourself!” said I. We both giggled like children at our own pathetic joke. T’was the time for hulking men with or without mustaches and serious women to quack like ducks, twirl like fairies, … Continue reading “The Magic of Story-Telling”

The Animals Within

  The evening was a beautiful one. The children played looking like little angels in the glowing sun, and I threw affectionate glances at the noise in the playground. I was mooning about the streets admiring the shabby looks of late summer. The same hills that looked brown and uninviting in the distance during the … Continue reading “The Animals Within”

How To Be a Good Companion

Simba who was introduced me around a decade ago passed away last week. This post was there in my drafts for over a year since I read My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. Simba’s passing made me acutely aware for the gratitude I feel for these furry friends. Ask Sanku, Simba, Bogie, Luna, … Continue reading “How To Be a Good Companion”