• Social

    A Meal to Impress

    Perhaps the greatest advantage of growing up in a suburban home in the southern West Bengal is the abundance of great fresh foods and the faith that grows with it – food is sacred. And when you pair this with a family of traditional food lovers, the result is nothing short of magic. It is therefore imperative that food was as ingrained in our lives as was possible. A lot of our conversations revolved around food. We had our seasonal specials like the sundried raw mangoes marinated in fragrant spices and dipped in mustard oil in summer, or the ripe…

  • Humor

    Seriousness is a Serious Business!

    Handle it with utmost care. Like morphine. While little bit of it is actually good, too much of it can easily turn lethal. Seriousness can make you sick too, if you are not careful. Seriously! Trust me! It’s a disease, dis-ease! And an infectious one. Look around you, notice.  I am sure you can find such examples. After all, the world is full of people who are seriously sick with seriousness, jinki #ConditionSeriousHai. Still can’t find them? Here, poor you, let me show you few examples from my life. Remember it’s not the exhaustive list. Never ever. Just the tip of the…

  • Musing

    The Future of Shopping

         Last night I had a weird dream. I am always having weird dreams but this one felt so real that it was not until I opened my eyes that I realized it was a dream. Science fictions and time travelling were never my things but in my dream I took a deep dive into the ocean off a cliff and when I came up to breathe everything changed. I was in the future; rather, I was me 17 years from now. ***     The year is 2030. And I have a daughter who looks eerily like the…

  • Musing

    A Nostalgic Sniff Later!

    This morning when I woke up, the sky was blue like an expensive sapphire. Few fluffy white clouds here and there, in stark contrast with the blue, only added to the charm of the beautiful autumn sky. The bright clear outdoor was too irresistible to ignore, so I decided to take a walk. Shiuli Phool           The air outside felt so crisp and clean, I could practically smell the freshness in it. Then suddenly I smelt something familiar – a faint whiff of something very dear and precious came my way and went. It was the sweet fragrance of the…

  • Travels

    The Perfect Road Trip – Till the End of the Road

    Every now and then life gets complicated and you need to escape. Even though nobody needs an excuse to escape, sometimes it serves as the right incentive. Whether you are just bored or your mother-in-law is visiting or your craving for adventure is really getting strong, a road trip is the answer to everything that can be your excuse to get away. You can carry your curiosity and sense of adventure with you and the let the diversion en route add to the sensation. My idea of a perfect road trip is pretty simple: the Himalayas, my husband and his…

  • Opinion

    Aid the Braid!

    This post has been written for the ongoing Indiblogger contest – Beautiful Ends to your Beautiful Braids! sponsored by Dove Split End Rescue System. “Oh my god! Your hair looks absolutely stunning!” exclaimed Swati. I smiled innocently, secretly gloating inside. Of late I am getting used to such compliments. And I can’t say how much I am loving it. I can once again wear my favorite hairstyle – a thick braid that goes straight till the end without tapering. I am wearing my braided hair everywhere these days – to office, to parties, to hangouts – everywhere. I don’t anymore…

  • Fiction

    Holding On and Letting Go!

    I The aroma of the cake baking was invigorating. It told me that Sandhya had finally come to terms with the moving. Though she had never complained and kept perfectly enthusiastic about the move and attended my party-men and the visitors tirelessly, I knew it was never easy for her to move back here. Not only because this place bore the memories of the devastating earthquake that took away her puppy but also because she had to take a transfer to the local rural branch of her bank from the head office in Delhi. She was often complaining about fat…

  • Fiction

    Every Tiger has it’s day!

    A little something for kids. My story in http://www.dimdima.com There was a little tigress named Tigress who lived in a jungle with her twin brother Tiger and beautiful mother Sherni. Since Tigress and Tiger were very small they could not hunt yet. Sherni hunted and brought back the food for them. Tigress and Tiger were newly enrolled into the jungle-school where Hati and Buffalo studied too. They were big according to their age and often teased Tigress and Tiger about their size. They would show off their muscle and would laugh at Tigress and Tiger’s lanky limbs.   One morning, when…

  • Fiction

    The Perfect Revenge – Part – III [Indifiction Workshop]

    IndiFiction Workshop is an initiative to help Indian Fiction Writers hone their style. This idea is the brainchild of ‘The Fool’ who blogs at http://luciferhouseinc.blogspot.in and C. Suresh who blogs at http://jambudweepam.blogspot.in/, both of them need no further introduction other than their names. The workshop in general follows certain rules. Everyone has to tell the story using their own narrative style based on a given plot. Different narrative styles are evaluated by fellow participants and judges. The plot for this exercise is given by Sandeep Nair A.K.A Sandy who blogs here. You can read my entry here as well. All…

  • Musing

    From Rags to Modest Living

    This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 32; the thirty-second edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton. The theme for the month is ‘An Untold Story’ Going on to Riches soon This Blog-a-Ton forces me to come out of my comfort zone of writing yet another imaginary piece of my mind. The topic lures me to attempt to tell an untold story about a man I know. About a real unsung hero whose not-so-significant story was…