Category Zephyr Times

.. and it was not Valentine’s Day

An L&M post for Valentine’s Day, especially since neither of us give it even a thought? Gasp! My regular readers are sure to do a double take when they see the title and read the post, for this one is a little ‘hatke’. The man himself was mighty pleased and smiled smugly. After all, he has […]

Navratri – Nine nights of Shakti

The Navratri kolu itself is a showcase of the artistic and aesthetic sensibilities of the people and is a combined effort of all the members of the family.celebrated in different ways around the country.

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.

An evening with a ‘Culture Vulture’

I had forgotten that being upper class snobs also makes them rude, as they consider themselves above such civilities.

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.

A ‘no-camera’ moment

Sometimes an image captured by our eyes and imprinted in our memories is more enduring and evocative than one captured on film.

Today is the first day of the rest of my life!

The fact that we have woken up in the morning means that we have been given another chance to better the previous day and ourselves.

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 […]

A bagful of treasures

We go through life collecting treasures of precious memories — to hold close to our heart and pull out one at a time to savour at leisure.

Feminism and the Gen X woman

The issues confronting women were and still are infinitely more serious and life-changing than making choices about the size one wants to be, go pubbing or have sex outside marriage.

Of mice and boy

The boy had learnt his lesson in compassion from two mice – one a big field rat in a trap and one a tiny dead mouse.