Amir Khusrau – The Man In Riddles

My childhood was spent working my way through many riddles with my grandfather. Many of these riddles were skillfully crafted by my grandpa's favorite shair ~ Amir Khusrau in a way that the answer lay in the question itself.  Well-versed with reading and writing Urdu and Persian among a dozen other languages, my grandfather had … Continue reading Amir Khusrau – The Man In Riddles

These Days

After attempting the NaBloPoMo last month ( I tried my best and to my credit, I churned out 24 posts in November) I don't want to return back to blogging hibernation yet again. Luckily, I have not exhausted the topics to write about. It's just the time crunch that has been keeping me off the … Continue reading These Days


When I went to watch Dear Zindagi, I had Pari in tow despite full knowledge of the fact that she would find the movie boring. But, at the back of my mind I know how much she enjoys our outings together and watching a movie featuring Shah Rukh Khan which also has a song (Love … Continue reading Observations

7 Parenting Lessons I Learnt From Dear Zindagi

I am a self-confessed Shah Rukh Khan fan, but more than his looks and acting I have been in awe with him as a person. How he carries himself, his respect for women (on-screen and off-screen), how he uses his razor-sharp wit to steer through difficult situations, the choices he has made in his career … Continue reading 7 Parenting Lessons I Learnt From Dear Zindagi

The Temple Tiger And More Man-Eaters of Kumaon

This is the second book of the three book series on man-eaters by Jim Corbett famous for hunting a large number of man-eating tigers and leopards in India. Strangely though, I chose to read only this book from the series to test waters. I picked this book on Ruskin Bond's recommendation in his book The … Continue reading The Temple Tiger And More Man-Eaters of Kumaon

I no longer want my home to be sparkling clean 

Every time we have a visitor at home, before their arrival, I go on a crazy cleaning spree. Though this obsession of cleaning the house to spotless clean has mellowed down with age, I hadn't given up until recently. When I was still a teenager, I used to spend hours polishing the decoration pieces, vacuuming … Continue reading I no longer want my home to be sparkling clean 


Last night around bedtime, Pari and I were sharing with each other how our day went. Among other things, she mentioned that her good friend Aditya* was talking to her other friend Ananya* in her (Pari's ) presence about how good it was that their mothers went to office everyday. He mentioned how lucky he … Continue reading Perspective


Yelling was a form of telling, For parents in my dwelling, A master-tool handed down over ages, Blotching several life history's pages. I was passed on the baton, With the confidence that can't be forgotten, It made me feel in charge, Of my role & my child's future at large. It was meant to help … Continue reading Yelling