Mother India beckons me… o’, does she?

My friend and I often ponder about returning to India... someday! In my own mind, though, I believe we are merely flirting with the idea of returning to our motherland... back to Bharat mata. Neither of us are anywhere near the retirement age.  Besides, there's every possibility that by the time we do approach it, … Continue reading Mother India beckons me… o’, does she?

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An insight into the “DNA of the Tatas”…

On the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2008 in Mumbai on 26th November, a Parsi friend forwarded to me an email he received, which brought tears to my eyes. It documents the role played by Tata employees on duty then at the Taj Mahal hotel. It gives us an insight into the deep … Continue reading An insight into the “DNA of the Tatas”…

Fly’n’ Past Flickr…

Flickr... alas, I seem to have drifted away from here... this past year.

What, no ads? Indeed, and it’s free… what is it? Clicked on wiki?

Yeah, chances are... you'd click on your shortcut to wikipedia to research your answer to this riddle (of sorts)... Ever wondered why wikipedia is so dependable? Which, of course, makes it great. Well, to find out, click on this page. If you do, along the way you may also learn when and why it is … Continue reading What, no ads? Indeed, and it’s free… what is it? Clicked on wiki?

A new wave of email petitions… about slaughtered whales!

Over a year ago I received a slew of email petitions related to the now ubiquitously infamous Grindadrap practice on Faroe Islands. Once again, the world seems to have woken up, and my in-box is inundated with gruesome pictures of the poor creatures. I squirm even when I have to rid the yard of little … Continue reading A new wave of email petitions… about slaughtered whales!

Questioning a Korean wedding tradition… or a lavish Indian wedding custom!

Why just Korean or Indian? Be it Peruvian or European, many young couples today are quite overt about their preferences for a wedding gift. Most express that cash would be best, though some (via their wedding invites)  lead us to wedding registries at their preferred department stores. Some unabashedly have lists of luxury goods that … Continue reading Questioning a Korean wedding tradition… or a lavish Indian wedding custom!

Change of season… allergies, aches & pains… home remedies… desi (India) style!

Received the following from a friend, just as I was sipping on my 3-minute home concoction of grated ginger, honey, lemon squeeze & hot water... to relieve my sore throat, and to alleviate that nasty irritation in my Eustachian tube! So... here it is for anyone who wishes to avoid an immediate visit to a … Continue reading Change of season… allergies, aches & pains… home remedies… desi (India) style!

“Diwali ki Mithaas”… lekin, Cadbury’s mein kadvaahat!

After what seems like an era, I read Bachi Karkaria's tongue-in-cheek column, "Erratica". A Google search for her blog lead me instead to this ad for Cadburys.  "Diwali Ki Mithaas", translated from Hindi, reads as "The Sweetness of Diwali". Ironically, I'm reminded of Felicity Loudon's remarks, quoted in UK's Telegraph last month,  just around Diwali, … Continue reading “Diwali ki Mithaas”… lekin, Cadbury’s mein kadvaahat!