Our Nana Was a Nutcase

At this time every year, I am eagerly noting down book recommendations to shop enough books to (almost) last me the whole year. This was when, while browsing through the list of winners of the Raymond Crossword Book Award 2016, I spotted Our Nana Was a Nutcase by Ranjit Lal. It has bagged the Jury's award … Continue reading Our Nana Was a Nutcase

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