Tapas; 73 years on…

For the past 10 weeks, once every two weeks we have been getting together to re-engage with Gandhi in a self-exploration exercise, using Gandhi as a mirror. The heaviness of this particular morning was not lost in any of us. It is the 74th Independence Day for India.


“By not knowing, not hoping to know, and not acting like we know what’s happening, we begin to access our inner strength” – Pema Chodron

Tryst with the Kilimanjaro – starting where it started

As my flight home took off and slowly raised over the first layer of clouds something caught my eye, peaking out of the clouds. “Could that be…?”, my mind was racing when the captain’s voice came over the PA system. “If you look to your right, you can see the top of the Mt. Kilimanjaro”….

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls” – Anais Nin     Photo Courtesy: Leio McLaren

A ramble on cats and crackers

I truly think that cats know a spatial dimension that we humans don’t. Something like the platform 9 3/4 in Harry Potter. How else would you explain both my cats disappearing this morning, when all doors and windows were closed? My house is a tiny one, and I know all the corners. There is only…

Dark Chocolate

Chocolate can be extra delicious in the middle of a diet.


We walk on the ground. Most of us. The Earth feels flat; in spite of its roundedness. The reason why we don’t fall off the edge is because of its roundedness. But Earth holds us and makes us feel safe, by maintaining an illusion that it is flat. And we hold on to the firm…

A walk in the rain

“Do you want an umbrella?” “No”, Simi said. She was not worried. It was a short walk. And the path was mostly covered. She could run back. “Are you sure?”, the concerned neighbour asked. It had started coming down heavily. “Will you be able to manage in the rain?” “Of course”. Simi smiled. The smile….


Not a great time for a sneeze. But what choice do you have if you belong to my part of the world?

The super food

I would like to introduce you… to… the humble idli. I can see you nodding in dismissal, “Idli-a? We all already know it is super food. It is steamed. It is fermented. It is gluten free. It is protein rich. What else do you need?” Patience, my dear reader. I will quickly get to the…