Motherhood And Smugness

I look at the clock. It is not yet 10:00 AM. I mull herding Laddu up for her weekly oil bath and then stop at the sight of five huge overripe bananas crowding my fruit basket. I play rhymes on YouTube and seat Laddu on the sofa and preheat the oven. In the next twenty … Continue reading Motherhood And Smugness

Sweeping generalizations

Earlier today, my FB timeline was flooded with snippets of Barkha Dutt taking on Leslee Udwin in a segment of Women In The World. I caught a couple of mins, realized it was about India's Daughter (which I have not had the stomach to watch) and moved on to the next interesting thing on my … Continue reading Sweeping generalizations

Airbrushed reality

I snuck back home a little before 1:00 AM this morning. As I slipped under the covers, in the last few moments before sleep claimed me, my thoughts about Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani was that it was airbrushed reality. Sitting in my patio, sipping on hot kaapi, watching the kids pick wildflowers for me, I … Continue reading Airbrushed reality

Slumdog Millionaire – My take on it.

Spoilers ahead Like all other movies I watch, I read up reviews and pretty much make my mind up before I watch a movie. On the rare occasions I watch a movie without expectations I end up liking it. Having read differing takes on it, I went today with my amma in tow to watch … Continue reading Slumdog Millionaire – My take on it.

What’s in a name anyway?

Everything! Akay's comment from yesterday set me thinking. I did see the furore caused by Mr Sanjay Dutt and his new wife Manyata. I saw this post by Mad Momma which in turn linked to Goofy Mama and a whole slew of posts debating this issue. I concur wholeheartedly with the spirited women and am … Continue reading What’s in a name anyway?

Interesting perspectives: Casual Vs Formal

As part of an Effective Leadership class I am taking this term, yesterday's class ended with a discussion of corporate culture. As we meandered through different topics the one thing that kept coming back to my mind was the discussion on how companies were termed conservative because of their dress codes. As I have mentioned … Continue reading Interesting perspectives: Casual Vs Formal

I know this person!

Over the past week, I read "Dreams from My Father" by Barack Obama our presidential candidate with much interest. It has been a while since I read that kind of a book. The one that makes you feel. One that makes you feel like there is sense in the chaos that is the political landscape. … Continue reading I know this person!

Stranger in the mirror

I pulled out of my garage and lowered the windows to wave bye to Saathi who was tinkering around with his car. On rare occasions like today we take separate cars to work. As I turned the bend at the end of the road, the sun glare blinded me for a moment. One hand resting … Continue reading Stranger in the mirror

The Great Indian Debate

Late yesterday evening we had a pleasant surprise. A good friend who had relocated to India was back in the area and stopped by for a couple of hours of chit chat and dinner. As we covered local gossip and work related news we took our plates and sat down for a home cooked meal … Continue reading The Great Indian Debate

Jeera rasam for the desi soul

Waiting for a friend in the lobby of her office, I picked up a worn out copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Turning over the pages vacantly, I read a few of the contributions and found myself nodding my head in agreement or going "My parents would have done the exact same thing! … Continue reading Jeera rasam for the desi soul

Whither Equality?

As I peered out the tall glass windows of my office building watching the slushy, icy mix come down, I was glad I was inside looking out unlike¬†Saathi who was out there scraping ice off the windshield and side mirrors. It was another five minutes before he pulled up by the door to pick me … Continue reading Whither Equality?