The Glass Bangle

Being a Woman

The Orchard of Possibilities

(I attended a Writers Retreat organised by Paper House, an organisation founded by two amazing people, Tara Khandelwal and Mahima Sood. The venue was Shilla Treks, an apple orchard in … Continue reading

November 2, 2017 · 5 Comments

Why I Write

I write to clear the cobwebs from my brain. I write to inhale the fragrance of half-baked thoughts that come alive on paper. I write to test the limits of … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · 3 Comments

Cauliflowers And Police Stations

I never dreamt that I would ever have to enter a police station in my life, but fate evidently was in a snarky mood when I had that thought, for … Continue reading

June 14, 2017 · 6 Comments

Fragrance of a Flower

It’s raining here in Kerala, my favourite time of the year. Yesterday, as I was waiting outside my apartment building, I spotted a flower on the wet ground. It had … Continue reading

June 7, 2017 · 25 Comments

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 · 11 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 · 16 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 · 15 Comments

Nothing

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 · 25 Comments

Inseparable

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

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

Darkness

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 · 12 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

Messiah

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

India

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

Broken

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

Mom Thoughts

I’m a mother, and that has become a label that somehow overshadows and obliterates everything else I am. My personality has been completely folded up and fitted into a box … Continue reading

September 23, 2015 · 16 Comments

Crimson

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 Impossible Bucket List

The memories of childhood have always been a refuge for me in any storm that I faced in life. So many beautiful experiences, all of which have been woven with … Continue reading

September 3, 2015 · 30 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

Romancing the Train

“Faster than fairies, faster than witches  ;  Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches “  Each time I travel by train, I hear an echo of these words of R L … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · 34 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

In a Dusty Heaven

It turned out to be the best thing I’d done in recent times. On a spur of the moment decision I’d joined the Ernakulam Public Library (EPL). Of late I’ve … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 20 Comments

From Pebbles to Notebooks – A Magpie’s Soul

I wistfully ran my hand over the beautiful cover of the notebook in my hand and then with a deep soulful sigh kept it back on the shelf in Crossword. … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · 17 Comments

A Touch of Nostalgia, A Pause in Time

We move at a fast pace in our daily lives, juggling various roles and always in a rush to reach somewhere or meet someone. In the midst of all these … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · 9 Comments

Stark

  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

I Salute Thee, Oh Bollywood Dancer !

I had a healthy disdain for the dances seen in Bollywood movies and I must admit that there has been a certain amount of snootiness in the equation. What were … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · 7 Comments