Momcation in Beautiful Budapest

In early October, my first friend in Hamburg was going on his stag holiday. In my younger-Sandhya whim, I asked if I could also be a part of it and he graciously let me. Not only did it turn out to be an opportunity to spend time with some cool Indian boys but Budapest opened…

2018 : A Gist

This year has been one of the most challenging, emotionally and physically. The weeks and months were wrapped in blissful moments of happiness, uncontrollable tears of laughter, frustration beyond expression, anger that could not be comprehended, much-needed sobbing, and bountiful love. Bountiful, grounding, fulfilling love – that was constant through it all. This last month,…

I’m Here!

Just a short post to say I’m still around. It’s been an exciting, adventurous and eventful last couple of months, all of which I hope to type down over the holidays. But until then, I wanted to share this beautiful mug of hot chocolate which holds precious memories of a wonderful Saturday. It was full…

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,…