Eye of the Pumpkin

“What?! Dancing in the kitchen?!”, said the son smiling his dignified smile of indulgence. “I haven’t seen you this happy for a long, long time!”     “Yes! I am dancing young man! You dance in the kitchen when you have a dignified President! You dance when a woman’s ambition is finally rewarded. You dance … Continue reading “Eye of the Pumpkin”

Published Articles

Some of my articles have been published in leading journals, newspapers and magazines. Author Profiles: The Hindu The Currents Magazine The San Francisco Chronicle The Times of Amma Nature Writing The Who Am I? page pretty well captures the flux of ideas in my brain. The Published eBooks page captures a little of  What I … Continue reading “Published Articles”

Tea!

“There is some Tea in school, and everyone is acting really weird!” said the daughter announcing her entry into the house a couple of years ago, dumping her school bag where it must not be dumped. “Oh – did you have some? Did you like it?” I said a trifle too eagerly. I am a … Continue reading “Tea!”

Oh Rapturous Spring!

A Version of this post was published in The India Currents Magazine : Oh Rapturous Spring! There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. Rachel Carson: A Sense of Wonder Growing up in the hills of South India, our seasons … Continue reading “Oh Rapturous Spring!”

The Three Selves

Mary Oliver’s, Upstream, is a book of many marvelous essays. One in particular stood out: Of Power and Time. This one is about the three selves in many of us: The Child Self The Social Self & The Eternal Self. Reflecting upon the piece, I realized we should know this by now, and we probably … Continue reading “The Three Selves”

The Degree of Shoshin

I wonder sometimes how the brain works. I mean, some references make us link to something else across the bridges of time and space where no ostensible link exists. Was astronomy the link? But that seems weak given that I ogle at the stars every opportunity I get. Could the 12 degree landing of Insight … Continue reading “The Degree of Shoshin”

Blooming Time?

A version of this post was published in the Nature Writing magazine: When The Kurinji Blooms In a small corner tucked away from the hectic panting of the world lives a small ecosystem,  nestled in a range of hills that is fast losing its unique beauty to ‘progress’. It is the place I was lucky enough … Continue reading “Blooming Time?”

If Mimosa Pudica Met Humpty Dumpty

The children ask me interesting stories about my childhood every now and then. They seem to think I lived in a fairy tale and maybe I did. I find my reminiscences are often seen through the endearing lens of time ignoring the trials and strife of living in a wet, rainy, cold place. My stories … Continue reading “If Mimosa Pudica Met Humpty Dumpty”

To Live Like Sultan

It has been fifteen years since I saw Bangalore. 15 years in which I heard stories about the beautiful city bursting to its brims and enduring horrendous traffic snarls. I had spent some very pleasurable years early in my career in Bangalore, and some of the friends I made there still warm my heart, so … Continue reading “To Live Like Sultan”

How The Train Chugged Memories

It has been a great pleasure to see that my article on the little blue train made it to The Hindu (a leading publication in India) The article also mentioned my email address as a contact and I received many messages from readers. I cannot make a sweeping statement for humanity based on the emails … Continue reading “How The Train Chugged Memories”