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  • World Around Me

    Five Lessons I Learnt From the Year Gone By

    A year- with its 365 days- is a great expanse of time. As it draws to an end, it is time to look back and reflect upon it. At this last dawn, as I head into 2018, I dream, plan and pin hopes for a better year ahead. The last few months have been dreary. Moments of stress and loneliness have been aplenty. Yet there were lessons learnt. Lesson 1 : Change is a constant companion The only thing constant in life is change. And these changes are of all kinds. Some positive ones that we welcome with open arms, some that catch us off-guard, and there are those that impact us…

  • World Around Me

    What Are Your Bollywood Memories of the Nineties?

    I live in a small town on the Konkan coast of India. The advantage of living in such small places is that you bump into interesting things that were once part of a glorious past. This morning I spent around half an hour at a tiny little photo studio, getting a couple of passport prints developed. As I sat waiting on the stiff wooden stool for the whole transaction to be completed, I got a chance to listen to Bollywood songs that once topped the charts way back in the nineties. Despite the cacophony of the traffic on the street outside, these songs emanating from the young photographers music player fell…

  • World Around Me

    Home is Where Your Heart is

    Home is where the heart is! Surely you must have heard this famous proverb. And that makes me wonder, where exactly is my heart? Is it in the home where I grew up and lived 25 years of my life, the place where I played and spent those blissful childhood days? Or is it in the home I live in now? Years back…. My childhood days in the eighties and nineties were spent in a palatial bungalow in Bangalore. Life was far simpler then and Bangalore was an entirely different city too. Sans traffic, noise and pollution, the city would be full of blossoming trees. I grew up as part…

  • Parenting

    How Do You Bond With Your Child?

    Bonding with your child is building that emotional connect. It is when you and your child are together, doing practical things or whatsoever, bringing about a wonderful connection. Being the mom of two little ones, I spend hours doing things with them. So between all my daily tasks and work, and the kids school and extracurricular activities, there are activities thrown in. From craft work, to gardening or, simply just lazing on the bed with a book in hand, the girls and I love these moments as we giggle, laugh and smile away. Bonding is essential to create lasting memories But when I look back at my childhood days, I…

  • Travel Footnotes

    Ever had Vegetables Generating Fond 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 backyard that had a washing stone (I wonder if these…