Category Nostalgia

Water woes

My maids have the biggest complaint against me – I ‘control’ them. Controlling what, you ask? The flow of water, of course! Yes, I am a control freak that way. So much so that I try to be in the kitchen when they wash the vessels. But it is of no use. The tap gushes […]

Remembering my math teachers

I finally lost my arithmophobia when I began running my home. The humble milkman, grocer and paperwala managed to teach me how to calculate faster than Chacha Choudhary — whose brain works faster than a computer!

The Eloquence of Silence

This silent national anthem is more eloquent than the ones played today in schools, when students stand up – silently.

Train friends and Tiffin Carriers

Train travel was magic in motion, at least for the kids, no matter how hot it was, no matter if the berths were just hard wooden slats.

Designer Diwali

Today, festivals like everything else are all readymade, easy to use –almost designer stuff.

Memories wrapped in melody

I have collected everything from pebbles to seashells to stamps to books, to sundry other stuff including carefully smoothed out candy wrappers over the years. I thought of them as hobbies, but all of them eventually disappeared – either given away, lost or simply discarded. But one collection has not only remained intact, but has […]

When recycling was a way of life

A pencil extender from my childhood set this post off.

Close encounters of the river kind

Though I had lived in cities with some beautiful rivers, it wasn’t till I set my eyes on the Ganga that I fell in love with a river for the first time in my life.

Chalees saal baad – a journey back in time

It was a reunion that made us forty years younger as we went back to school and relived the memories, acting out some of them, even as the spouses, children and teachers looked indulgently on…

Earthen Diya memories

Even as times change, there are some things that remain constant, such as the enchantment of the diya burning bright on Diwali, discovers my guest blogger Arti.

Jingles all the way

Radio jingles of nearly half a century ago are still hummable and many have even successfully been adapted for TV.

Two voices, one love – Mohammed Rafi, Ameen Sayani

There were two voices that I would have died for in those days and still do – Mohammed Rafi and Ameen Sayani.

Dussehra memories – Of drums and dread

Back in my childhood, Durga Puja brought with it drumbeats and terror. I don’t know why we were so terrified of the drums, but we used to rush blindly in the opposite direction of the drums when we heard the beats.