Jagodhodhaarana : The Ear Worm Series

I recently discovered an entire world of Carnatic music on Spotify. Today, Sudha Raghunathan’s voice filled my living room as I sat with my morning chai watching K crawl and yoga around, and Sophie by my side. The song I write about is a classic among Carnatic music and dance lovers, or so has been…

11 Months

Last year this time, I spent too much money eating salmon on buttered toast every single morning for a couple of weeks. It’s the only thing I wanted. Sophie and I spent the days lazing after a very slow walk (she took me for a walk I think) with a break at the lake so…

Thacchi Mammu

K knows when he wants food. He’ll go on a “Mamm mamm mamm mamm…” complaining and asking song. Mammu in Tamil for babies is food, in spoken Tamil, it’s Saapaadu. There might be very little in his appearance to show he’s mine, but my maternal heritage has a strong hold in the pool and has…

Four

On this day in 2014, a blue-eyed boy had made dinner for me. I was in creme-colored shorts, with a blouse that also doubled as a sweatshirt. I remember taking extra time to do my hair, draw my eyes, and use my special-occasion perfume. He had painstakingly made chicken with a reduced tomato-thyme sauce, and…

Pokes and Pain

As of today, K has got six needles worth of anti-bodies into both bum cheeks, 2 each that began from the first of August. First off, I just want to put out there to the universe how proud a Mamma I am for how he handled it. These three days over the last couple of…

Dog Parenting 101

Man’s best friend, the best companion to any person happy, sad or depressed. Research shows that pets make our lives healthier. But what about what makes their life healthier? Do we do everything in our power to make their lives as happy as they make us? Adopting a puppy is a big decision. I only…

Window Seat

Today, for a brief couple of minutes, I shared my beloved window seat on the train into the city with my son. For those fleeting moments, he experienced first-hand what it’s like to sit and be amazed by the flashing picture of colour, of blurry life, natural and man made, on land, water and air,…

Nenjakulle: The Ear Worm Series

After many months, K and I were listening to this sweetest of Tamil songs on repeat as a lullaby for his morning nap. Tamil, my mother tongue is a beautiful language. I don’t have the understanding to appreciate it the way it deserves and I wish that was different, but that rant is for another…

27.08.2018

Today marks three years of an adventurous matrimony for me and H. It’s beenĀ 1095 days of love, laughter, happiness and truly dropping into adulthood. Some of those days are also witness to the most testing times, the worst fights, arguments and oh so much door slamming! You know how there are jokes about marriage? And…

O Jardim – The Ear Worm Series

The Eurovision Song Contest – I don’t know a lot of people here who watch it but it’s the most awaited event every May nonetheless in our household. I remember my very first one, when Germany had an anime character sing ‘Ghost‘. At this year’s European plus-Australia-and-some-of-Asia singing contest, I voted (yes, we even spend…