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.
It is a pity that many of the games that were played a couple of generations ago have become virtually ‘extinct’ today.
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 […]
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!
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.
Today, festivals like everything else are all readymade, easy to use –almost designer stuff.
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 […]
A pencil extender from my childhood set this post off.
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.
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…
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.