Weather Monsters

“Have you gotten your bags ready?” my friends’ voices piped over the phone.  “Uh – not yet. Got a bag down from the loft – will get to it.” I said shuffling my feet as I said so. “Well..what are you doing now?” “Writing about the weather over the past week.” I said somewhat sheepishly, … Continue reading “Weather Monsters”

How do we exist?

It had been another long day, and as the clock ticked towards midnight, the body yearned for sleep, but the mind looked longingly at the tsundoku pile, and craved for some quiet moments of solitude. I peeked out of the window, and the moon sailing high through the skies tugged at my heart. There is … Continue reading “How do we exist?”

Shiva & Buddha Together

After all the years in which several girlfriends and I sat around planning grand trips involving sky-diving, snorkeling and weeks in Bali – we decided just like that, to set off to Sedona, Arizona. It sounded like the most exciting place on Earth. Like the son said, there is such a matching ring to it, … Continue reading “Shiva & Buddha Together”

November Novelty

A Version of this post appeared in The India Currents Magazine – the article focuses on communication. The quality of the evening was ethereal. The cold November evenings had begun to set in. I had turned the thermostat up a couple of notches, the white light effused a warm glow against the fall colored curtains. … Continue reading “November Novelty”

Biophilia

Oh! What a surprise amma?! The book, Nature’s Fix appeals to you.” said the daughter peals of laughter barely concealed in the sentence. “I know right?! I always keep an open mind to see how else I can improve, my dear!” I said not to be undone in the sarcasm department.  “You are cooped up … Continue reading “Biophilia”

A Pluviophile’s Song

The night lamp was on, and I had a harried, desultory look on my face. It had been one of those days in which a lot had happened, but nothing had really happened. Days sent to try stout persons souls. The husband came and told me that I should probably try meditating for a bit, … Continue reading “A Pluviophile’s Song”

Hola Amigos! Tres Bien Nachos

This article appeared in The Hindu’s Open Page Section dated 15th October 2017 “Hi Amma. Konichiwa!”, said the little fellow as he pranced home from school. “Konichiwa?” “It means Hola! Hello in Japanese.” said the fellow beaming. “Oh that’s nice. Konichiwa. It sounds like a tinkling windchime. Koni-chiwa. “ “Ni Hao is Hello in Chinese.” said … Continue reading “Hola Amigos! Tres Bien Nachos”

Ma With Fahrenheit 451

As I took a walk one morning, I tried to identify the flowers and trees in the neighborhood, and found myself humbled by my meagre botanical knowledge. A bird or two chirped nearby, and I tried my best to enjoy the quiet by zoning out the drone of the constant hum of traffic from the … Continue reading “Ma With Fahrenheit 451”

Where To Go During The Third World War?

We had been to attend The Physics Show a few weeks ago. Living in an area housing the world’s most frightful technologists does that to you. One scientist tells his neighbor, who tells his friend, an engineer, who tells his friend, a Biochemist, and from there it passes on from one to another, all bound … Continue reading “Where To Go During The Third World War?”