The art of doing nothing

Summer vacations hold a special place in everyone’s heart. With each phase there is a transition in the niceness and purity of the time spent during this midpoint of the year. In childhood and I don’t mean to sound too old but during my childhood, summer was a licensed time to do nothing. No questions…

Juice – Short film review

Every time I open up Youtube on the mobile, it is either flooded with cartoon videos thanks to the toddler who owns my phone, or some random videos that do not let me miss news similar to India TV.  But thanks to Youtube again, every once in a while it does bring up an interesting…

Alternate Learning

After procreating a fully developed human being and now promoted to being its full time in-charge supervisor(read:parent) I have figured one thing. You need to enjoy smaller joys just like kids do. Except that today’s kids engage in complex activities and they find joy in downloading a game on mobile. The definition of simple has…

The curious case of Mallu

At the mid-point of my chronological life from where I stand I can say that I have crossed all the major milestones. From being a difficult toddler to a lost teenager to an average joe dipped in her new-found career and now wife and mother. Notice how I don’t have adjectives or backstory to being…

Big Little Lies

Like most other shows that I have discovered owing to popular press and taken to indulging in them much later than their prime time, I feel excited and nervous with energy once I finally do. I recently discovered Big Little Lies post its Golden Globe win. After much to and fro and guilty of having…

Belated Happy new Year

So to speak its just the next day after today. But that one date change, that one reset on calendars and minds is huge shift. Suddenly it’s the new year and voila, all the overrated gimmicks are flowing all over. All resolutions are packed up in the brain like sperm cells and are ready to…

A wonderful evening

Most evenings and weekends are just a part of the mosaic that we survive to pass each day and then there are some evenings that make you smile just by the memory of it. One such evening was when I went to the Mumbai Local session with Shanta Gokhale of the Junoon theatre group yesterday. …

Tumhari Sulu – sublime

Referring to 90s is now 2 decades back and so it should be addressed as a long time ago. So long time ago when we went for movies it was always about watching a family entertainer since movies were like little festivals that brought the family – joint or nuclear, to spend a happy carefree…

Color me black

“Wear a bobby pin in the back of your head, and a kala tika behind your ear” said my mom-in-law, “and this thread around your wrist”. She handed me what looked like a normal black thread but was rumored to have super powers that would control people’s bad vibe towards me. I smiled and realized…

The stoned night

“Do you have fever”, said the nurse at the Ruby Hall hospital’s emergency ward. “No”, I said. “Do you feel pain below your tummy”, she asked. “No”, I said. She twisted her eyebrows and I sensed that she wasn’t too happy serving a patient who had absolutely no complaints and was yet brought to the emergency…

About time

We had my husband Brijesh’s three uncles and their entire families over for lunch during Diwali. It was a full house with 20 adults and 3 hyperactive toddlers in our humble 2 bedroom apartment. After everyone happily gulped the sumptuous meal, all the men hastily plonked themselves on the sofas of our living room. It almost felt like…

Legend of Navatri

  I often dream of my kid coming back from school on sunny afternoons, and after witnessing a whole year of his life in his sanity, would ask me the origin of every festival month after month. I am dreading those moments a little because that just means I would have to go back to basics very…