Of Bitter Gourd Chips and Memories

This morning, as I was buying vegetables from the vendor in my colony, a very unusual thing happened.  I glanced at a pile of fresh bitter gourd. Something stirred within me, and in a flash of a second, I was transported back 25 years. I have always disliked this vegetable and seldom buy it. Yet today, it was something else… Way back in the eighties, when life was far simpler, my family lived in big independent bungalow. I have been fortunate to have grown up as part of this large joint family. The home had a lawn in front, a

#AtoZChallenge – I beam the "Theme"

“If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India”, said the French Philosopher Romain Rolland. Volumes have been written about this country, and nations across the globe already have much to say.  Yet, here I am making, an attempt to showcase it in an all together different avatar. Because… It is here that you find abundance… And loads of courage…. Determination aplenty… And prayers galore.. You could rejoice here…. Or soak in some