Photo by Disha Sheta on Pexels.com It is New Year’s eve as I write this. My morning has been productive. I’ve cooked an elaborate meal of vendekka morkuzhambu, beans parupu usili with ample help from Amma. I have two batches of Jalapeno bread proving in the oven, I also have four rounds of laundry in … Continue reading Goodbye, 2020. Welcome 2021.
Photo by Daria Shevtsova on Pexels.com January this year started on a promising note with my then yet to be published book showing up on a list of anticipated reads for the year. The month also saw me read and review The Good Talk on my blog. This book came to haunt me in many … Continue reading 2020: The Year In Review
Happy New Year all! I woke up New Year's eve to the news that my yet to be published children's book was on a list of 50 anticipated books in India. Needless to say, I was excited and more than a little scared. 41. Why is my hair curly? by Lakshmi Iyer (Red Panda; Westland Publications) … Continue reading A Happy New Year Indeed!
Dear readers, As we start a new decade, I wish for you: Calm in the face of a storm Equanimity in the face of sorrow Hope in the face of despair Perseverance in the face of failure Happiness above everything else. Happy New Year to all of you. Love, Lakshmi.
Rituals are just that, repetitive things that we do because they serve some purpose for us. My annual ritual of poring over everything I have written over the year, culling out the ones that mark a transition or milestone of some sort and assembling them to tell the story of my year gives me joy. … Continue reading Looking Back. Looking Forward.
One year bites the dust. Another emerges from the ashes. I wish for me and for you in this new year: Time for reflection Ways to practice mindfulness Balancing family with work Plenty of dinnertime conversations Lots of hugs and kisses Quality over quantity Country over party Kindness over everything else I am rooting for … Continue reading Happy New Year 2019
2017 has been a mixed bag. I look forward to 2018 with hope, with optimism because not to would mean amplifying everything that was bad in 2017 and making it worse. I choose to think that we will come out of 2018 knowing that the world tilted a little toward all that is good and … Continue reading May There Be Light
It is late afternoon, it is already dark outside. I am not showered yet. The twins are crooning to songs from Moana. The youngest and the husband are still napping. It is the first day of the New Year. I feel like I should be doing something to mark it. Go shower, rinse away the … Continue reading Turning A Page
I stand by the window, the chill from the outside permeating its surface as I lean in to catch a clearer view of Ammu and Pattu as they walk down the pavement to their bus stop. The sky is a clear blue with streaks of white as if a giant broom was used to clear … Continue reading Happy New Year
The is little light filtering into the dining room where I sit. The blinds are down. The heating system wheezes as it deals with the cold outside. The kitchen window is in my peripheral vision and all I see is gray. Strains of a sweet childish voice singing herself to sleep trickles down. A smile … Continue reading Living in the now
Early this morning I woke up in the pre dawn hours to offer prayers to the forces unknown on the occasion of tamizh new year. Focussing my concentration on the twin lamps that lit up the tiny area, I reflected on the short but momentous journey to parenthood. You see, today was finalization day. A day when … Continue reading Marking the end of a journey
Legs curled under my body, I leaned on K as the year came to an end and the millions on TV shivered in the cold watching an electronic apple descend marking the count down to the next decade. It also wrapped up two unbelievably hectic, dark days in my life. As the new day dawned, … Continue reading A new year. A new life.
With Birthday come and gone without a trace, the allure of the new year has me pointedly looking into the future. Each year as this rolls around, I can't help but go back and try to recollect the highs and lows from the year past. January saw Obama take oath, Slumdog Millionaire rise up among … Continue reading Looking ahead
Happy New Year everyone! Wanted to start off the new year by sharing a column I subscribe to. If any of you are interested in Nan's work, you will find the link on the blogroll. I thought this column of hers expressed what I feel about New Year Resolutions so well. WINNING AT WORKING … … Continue reading Assessing Your Progress
I woke up this morning with a curious mixture of anticipation and sadness. New Year's Eve is a day for introspection. A day to leaf through the months past, to keep the good memories and throw away the bad ones. Learn from the past and apply it to the future. This year for me will be … Continue reading Leaving the past behind
Another year draws to a close. I scan my inbox and find at least 20 emails wishing me peace, happiness, joy, health, wealth and variants thereof. Some have dancing gifs while some others are pure text. Some are colorful with text in all colors of the rainbow. To me each signifies a yearning for better … Continue reading A time of renewal and promise.