Christmas, holidays, Musings, Tradition

Feeling A Lot Like Christmas

I stand at my kitchen island, an array of things spread in front of me. I work my way methodically. Greeting card first, a thoughtful note inside, a gift card taped to one side, a pashmina shawl folded to fit into a small organza bag, a tiny candy sampler. I knot and tie each back, […]

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Culture, Halloween, holidays, Tradition

Happy Hauntings!

Over the years, Halloween is a holiday that has crept up on us. Pre-kids, Saathi and I gave out candy religiously and turned the lights out at about 8:00 PM. With the arrival of Ammu and Pattu, we gave in and got costumes for the kids and reveled in the pumpkin art they brought home […]

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Halloween, Musings, Tradition

One of them pseudo maamis

As we wound down for the day, I packed away the bright yellow and black bumblebee costume along with the pink and white butterfly one sighing wistfully. The girls would have outgrown them by next year. Halloween started early with the parade in the daycare on Friday followed by the community parade today. We did […]

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Musings, Personal, Religion, Tradition

Faith, Peace and an aaha moment

Rushing home Thursday evening I was filled with anticipation and a certain unknown dread. I had opted to do the Varalakshmi pujai a week later than it was normally done. I could have joined my SIL the week before. Life could have been easier. But something in me demurred. And am glad it did. The […]

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Desi, Festivals, Memories, Tradition

To nice new beginnings!

I was on my cell phone catching up with my sister after a long  time. I heard the home phone ring and saw it was my FIL from India. Hanging up in a hurry, K and I settled on the couch with the phone on speaker. “Happy Vishu!” said my FIL and went on to […]

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Musings, Tradition, US

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Image Courtesy: Montgomery County Website Maryland. As I waited to heat my breakfast in the company kitchen, I was party to a Thanksgiving dinner preparation discussion between two of my co-workers. One person was in favor of frozen turkeys and the other for fresh. They went on to detail their menu and how they were […]

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Festivals, Musings, Tradition

Holiday Spirit?

As I labored over my first attempt at making Kaju Kathli/Cake yesterday in the evening, the house filled with smells of cardamom and saffron. The warmth from the stove was making the whole place cozy. As I poured the bubbling mixture into a greased plate and patted it into an arbitrary shape of even thickness, […]

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Books, Review, Tradition

Thoughtful Thursdays – First roundup.

For the first edition of this feature, readers were invited to read the book Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, write a review and send me an email with a permalink to their post. So, here it is – the very first edition of Thoughtful Thursdays. A-Kay of Lemon and Chillies has her take on […]

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Books, Review, Tradition, Travel, Words

Book review – Eat pray love

I finally finished reading the book. Yayy!! To recap, starting with this post here, three weeks later than scheduled, here is my take on the book “Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. The book is 333 pages long, divided into three sections each covering the author’s travels in Italy, India and Indonesia. The typeset is […]

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