Category Zephyr Times

Sundal – a favourite Navaratri snack

If Navaratri comes, can sundal  be far behind? For it is that naivedyam that is offered to the Devi and then distributed to everyone who visits your home for kolu and/or  haldi-kumkum. Children get an extra-large packet 🙂 Though sundal is a naivedyam for Ganesh Chaturthi too, its association with Navaratri is unmistakable for the above reason […]

Dussehra memories – Of drums, dread and thrill

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.

Where have all the games gone?

It is a pity that many of the games that were played a couple of generations ago have become virtually ‘extinct’ today.

Give some space!

For any relationship to thrive, the most important thing needed is space – not necessarily physical.

.. 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 […]

Navaratri – 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.