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Summers are the season of chilled local coolers. Who can miss the rose and pista flavour of the thandai, the tangy green mango masala of the aam panna, the sweet and colourful ice crystals of the chuski, and the zing of the lemonade soda of the banta? I…

As far back as I can go in time, my memories are peppered with shades of nature. And by nature, I don’t mean only the trees and the flowers. I mean insects, reptiles, and rodents. They were all my friends. It could’ve very well been one-sided love but…

Our home in Ambala is surrounded by open spaces, fruit trees, and cereal crops. Each time I fly down from India’s maximum city, I leave behind the concrete hustle bustle and take a wholehearted plunge into different shades of the earth and her gifts. The buzz of yellow…

Through our childhood and youth, we’ve all tried our hand at different kinds of hobbies and games. I was no different. From pottery to oil painting, swimming to croquet, I was quite enthusiastic. Few of them stuck with me, and few others dropped off naturally. The process of…

I had a physiotherapy appointment today. Thanks to over-enthusiasm on the jogging track last evening, I tore a tendon in my right foot. But there was nothing to worry. My physiotherapist is an amazing lady. She’s not only a credible professional but also a lovely human being. I…

On my way to work, I often cross the BMC’s (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) bright green truck collecting garbage from designated points. There are four such points through my 2 km route in Mumbai’s coastal suburb of Bandra. Usually three to four staffers load the garbage onto the truck,…

It was a Sunday morning. In the mood for a light and flavorful breakfast, my husband and I drove down to the hub of authentic South Indian cuisine in Mumbai – King’s Circle in Matunga. As we managed to find a table for two in one of the…

Last evening, as I sat down with my cup of freshly prepared coffee, I found myself reminiscing the year gone by. It wasn’t hard to observe that 2018 had been a year of remarkably heterogeneous experiences across continents. Cruising on the Seine waters, I marvelled at the impeccably…

The view from the top of a terrace, balcony, fort, building, tower, or mountain range is an engaging and beautiful sight. I believe there is something cathartic about a bird’s eye view. My earliest memories of enjoying panoramic views go back to my hostel life in Delhi. At…