This Beautiful Earth

2022 started off with a marvelous opportunity to read poetry at the Coimbatore Festival of the Arts. The theme was to choose a poem that immortalizes a place you love just as T S Elliot immortalized London in his writings. I wracked my brain, and tried to find one place – but found myself dithering. … Continue reading “This Beautiful Earth”

The Books That Lit Up 2021

There were times in the past year when I felt the old reading habit was flagging. There was simply too much going on to properly immerse in the beauty and peace of it all. Yet, somehow, looking at the list, there is a good combination of old favorite authors, re-reads of a few books – … Continue reading “The Books That Lit Up 2021”

Why is our sky not green?

The elementary school going son, like many children his age, pulls a full why-wagon with him wherever he goes. The questions tumble out with ease, and can be anywhere on the spectrum :  What is Time?  Should I have a fruit punch or grape flavor? Why is there no half-sun?  They are all fair game. … Continue reading “Why is our sky not green?”

Rajma on Titan or Mars

“Yeah! Rajma!” The little fellow slurped in mock exaggeration throwing his hands up into the air. I smiled. I wondered yet again how genetics seems to work in odd ways. My brother as a child had the same expression or at least sentiment every time rajma was made. How could my children who are growing … Continue reading “Rajma on Titan or Mars”

The Covid Vaccine!

One blissful afternoon a few months ago, when the summer heat was beating down upon us, I was curled up on the couch overlooking the Umpqua river. The river was flowing gently in the valley below.  A deer and her fawn were grazing nearby, music was playing on the laptop, a book on the History … Continue reading “The Covid Vaccine!”

That is the Earth!

“Do you know what this is?” “That is the Earth! From the moon.” said the son matter of factly. “I saw it before!” he said in response to my awed expression. We were looking at the back jacket of a book, that I flipped to the last page first. This is the Earth, by Diane … Continue reading “That is the Earth!”

Let’s care a whole lot!

T’was family movie night. An evening fraught with decisions, and everyone’s voice and opinion clanged over the dishes and sizzled over the noise from the stove. Suggestions rose, opinions swelled and movies quelled. “Uggghhh! No way!” “That again?” “What are you? A kid? Oh wait! Yes you are a kid! Okay never mind!” “Nope! Too … Continue reading “Let’s care a whole lot!”

Galactic Plumes

I had been mooning about the fields outside in the village where we stayed near Topslip National Forest. People told me to be careful about venturing out far – “There are Elephants nearby, and they love the fields. “, they said emphasizing the word, Elephants. My eyes lit up. The villagers exchanged looks that doubted … Continue reading “Galactic Plumes”

Magical Garbage Collection

I plonked myself in bed one night and stretched the tired frame. The feeling of the muscles relaxing against the mattress is a welcome one. The thighs and calf muscles let out a small moan of gratitude at being allowed to rest. How lovely it would be if I could just sleep for another 12-14 … Continue reading “Magical Garbage Collection”