The Glass Bangle

Being a Woman

Custodians of Stories

There are billions and billions of stories floating around in the world. Then there are those stories which are unique to every family – tales of love transcending time and … Continue reading

March 23, 2017 · 8 Comments

Bread and Blyton

I grew up on descriptions of food by Enid Blyton. She mesmerized me with visions of scrumptious scones, huge chocolate cakes, sweet sticky lemonade, farm fresh golden butter and of … Continue reading

February 16, 2017 · 12 Comments

The Magic of Typewriters

I have this completely irrational love for typewriters. In spite of never having owned or used one, I’m overcome by the desire to possess one of these machines. I remember … Continue reading

January 6, 2017 · 13 Comments


Pain, triumphantly surging through. riding the blood red waves dallying with each nerve ending. pushing. punishing. The soft pulsing heart vulnerable, unprotected hacked to pieces. Scythes of anger, neglect and … Continue reading

November 6, 2016 · 16 Comments

I Too Would Have Got A Medal

The number of people falling off their chairs due to excessive displays of hilarity on reading the heading would surely have increased, but I stick strongly to what I say … Continue reading

September 1, 2016 · 15 Comments

Udta Punjab – A Film Review

The CBFC’s wrangle with the makers of Udta Punjab was the best thing and the worst thing that could have happened to it. The former because the controversy has built … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · 5 Comments

Ammumma’s Kitchen

Celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsey and Nigella Lawson and the popular Masterchef series on television, have been successful in turning the humble kitchen into a glamorous setting. There are so … Continue reading

June 1, 2016 · 21 Comments


I love her. I’ve been with her through thick and thin and all the in-between times too. It was love at first sight for her, but not so much for … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 · 11 Comments


Silence, white as snow, smothering, featureless tasting of things forbidden a heavy sweetness masking the hidden bitterness clinging cloying filling the mouth with the tartness of something that could have … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · 18 Comments

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge – Day 3

This time my 3 Days have got stretched out over more than a couple of days ! But it’s such an interesting activity that I didn’t want to leave it … Continue reading

March 21, 2016 · 14 Comments

3 Days 3Quotes Challenge – Day 2

I’ve been slightly tardy about the 3 day part of the Challenge, but since the blogosphere is quite forgiving in that aspect, I decided to chug along with the rest … Continue reading

March 7, 2016 · 11 Comments

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge – Erma Bombeck

The 3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge has come to my doorstep again or should I say blog-step ? 🙂  This was a task which I thoroughly enjoyed, mainly because it … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · 12 Comments


Originally posted on Shutter N Quill:
I’m shadow. I’m darkness. I live in you. I grow in you. I thrive on your bitterness. Every smidgeon of hate Every thought of…

February 26, 2016 · 4 Comments

From Madonna to Medusa – A Tressful Tale

To all my family and friends who are rolling around laughing at the image of me as a Madonna, I admit that it is the mother of all exaggerations when that word is applied to me. My only defence is that I didn’t get anything else to rhyme with Medusa 🙂

February 10, 2016 · 22 Comments

Room of Memories

As another year dawns, it’s not only an opportunity for new beginnings, but also a time to stop for a moment and take stock of what has happened so far. … Continue reading

January 12, 2016 · 11 Comments

Resolutions 2016

My resolutions in the previous year were on slightly serious issues. This year I have decided to stick close to home and bring some order into my life. These resolutions … Continue reading

January 6, 2016 · 26 Comments


Originally posted on Shutter N Quill:
Call me what you will Nomad, Mendicant Vagabond, Immigrant Or just a Child.   I am in all religions Yet I have no God.…

December 31, 2015 · 16 Comments


Originally posted on Shutter N Quill:
He is Strength The ability to withstand invasions and injustice.   The Stoicism To accept what was and what will be.   The Fortitude…

December 23, 2015 · 11 Comments

Memories and Madness

  Was that the sound of a heart splintering I wonder. It must have broken into a million shards. Each one a repository of memories and madness.     Of … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 · 9 Comments

The Perfect Gifts

It was my birthday a couple of months back, and to my utter delight I received two gifts that were the most perfect I could ever hope to get. One was … Continue reading

November 17, 2015 · 20 Comments

Haiku Wednesdays – Raindrops

I’ll take the raindrops Hold them safe within my hands, and bring in the rain  

November 11, 2015 · 16 Comments

Listen to the Voices

I would like to clarify that I do not have any leanings to any political party be it the Right, the Left or the Centre. I’m just an Indian citizen … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · 18 Comments


Her eyes looked blankly at the world the matted hair told a story of despair Her cracked and mud-caked feet Searched in vain for the way home.   Her mind … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · 6 Comments


He was a poet, dabbling in words and quicksilver thoughts They spoke to him about silences and dreams in black and white about unicorns and blood-red wine and sharp shards … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · 17 Comments

The Click Brigade

I love Social Media. It has enriched my life in many ways. Keeping in touch with friends in all corners of the world has never been this easy and this … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · 23 Comments

Three Day Three Quote Challenge -Day 3, Khalil Gibran

Day 3 of the Challenge is here and I’ve saved my favourite for the last. The words of Khalil Gibran, the Lebanese-American writer, poet and artist, have been close to … Continue reading

July 24, 2015 · 14 Comments

Three Day Three Quote Challenge – Day 2, Woody Allen

I’m back again on Day 2 of the Quote Challenge, invited by Dreamz n Clouds, and spurred on by her enthusiasm 🙂 This time,  I’ve got something from the incorrigible … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · 10 Comments

Three Day Three Quote Challenge – Day 1- J B Priestley

Madhusmita, she of the beautiful name and pretty smile, a smart young blogger who blogs at Dreamz and Clouds has invited me to take part in the Three Day Three … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 6 Comments


  Life, with all its colours fails to compete with Death In black and white   Life, with its countless hopes and desires is not as powerful as Death with … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

A Prayer from My Beleaguered Daughter

(I had put up a prayer to God in this blog around two days back, about my stress during my teen’s exams. She was quite aggrieved to see my version … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 20 Comments

Snehalata the Cat and Ruby the Dog

I have many friends who are ardent animal lovers and  I’ve sincerely  tried to follow their footsteps, but due to certain psychological factors, viz fear, I’ve been unable to take … Continue reading

March 19, 2015 · 6 Comments

A Fervent Plea From A Stressed Out Mom

Yesterday I received a Whatsapp forward which was a prayer, for parents of children writing their exams. It was beautifully worded and I passed it along to a couple of … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · 15 Comments

Why I Dislike Valentine’s Day

Its that time of year when you can’t get out of the house without being assaulted by images of hearts and teddy bears. Here I am waddling along peacefully in … Continue reading

February 12, 2015 · 20 Comments

Curls, Curlicues and My Beloved Malayalam

To many, the Malayalam alphabets look like unspooled balls of wool that have run amok. Curls and curves abound, and speaking the language too, requires performing major calisthenics with the tongue. … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · 7 Comments

The Loss of Childhood and A New Beginning

When I attended a talk by Pedro Medina, the former head of McDonalds in Columbia, little did I think that the highlight of the evening would be meeting Cristelle Hart … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · 17 Comments

Kochi Muziris Biennale – Magical Bricks and a Schoolboy Companion

My second foray into the Kochi Muziris Biennale (KMB) 2014, was to the charming colonial edifice, the CSI Bungalow. While the main venue, Aspinwall House, was chock a block with … Continue reading

January 7, 2015 · 4 Comments

Resolutions For A Better Tomorrow

The last week of December is always the time when the world is busy with resolutions. I’m one of the many who make resolutions with the intentions of systematically breaking … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

Kochi-Muziris Biennale – A Layman’s Perspective

I’m not a connoisseur of art. My interpretations are usually simplistic and generally miles away from the artist’s thoughts. However, I enjoy beautiful things and even though I might not … Continue reading

December 22, 2014 · 7 Comments

A Walk To Enjoy

My daughters leave for school at around 7 in the morning. Usually, that’s the time I metamorphoses from a hare on steroids into a somnolent sloth and curl up on … Continue reading

December 18, 2014 · 9 Comments

What’s In A Name ?

What’s in a name ?  According to The Bard, a rose would have the same effect on our olfactory senses no matter what it’s called. With all due apologies, Sir … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · 15 Comments