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”

Boarding the Flight of Fancy

A version of this post was published in The India Currents Magazine: On a Flight to a Land Without Borders I boarded the flight at the end of a long week. I was going to be away for a week, and I had spent weeks trying to get things in order for the week I … Continue reading “Boarding the Flight of Fancy”

Weaving The Sequins Of Time

This article was published in The India Currents magazine dated 17th Feb 2018: The Magic We Miss Every Night Taking a drive up the mountains is always a nostalgic experience for me. Regular readers know I grew up in a small village nestled in the mountainside and every time I spot a pine cone or take … Continue reading “Weaving The Sequins Of Time”