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In July, my husband and I took our first trip to Kerala. The greenest of green environs at Kollam captivated us at the outset. Mangroves and palm trees formed beautiful reflections on the glass-like surface of the backwaters of Munroe Island. The panoramic views of Thangassery port town…

I made a short trip to Pondicherry (now Puducherry) with my husband Shantanu and my LSR college friend Nidhi. It is an idyllic, delightful, coastal city that offers interesting shades of Franco-Tamil art and culture. It had always been one of the places that I had wanted to…

My brother got engaged on June 19, 2016, at Suratgarh Cantonment in Rajasthan, which was a joy to all family. As my handsome brother and his lovely fiancée exchanged rings, my endorphins touched stratospheric heights. I had never imagined that I would be so deeply emotional and contended…

Recently, I bought a bonsai cactus plant for my office desk. Its mushy stem was plump and dark. Its thorns dotted its entire length, all perked up and pointed. At the top of its stem grew a bright fuchsia pink flower with a radiance akin to freshly prepared…

Recently, I got a haircut. Technically, a chic bob cut. I’d rather call it the quintessential summer cut. Impressed by my new look, friends and colleagues showered me with compliments. I am so thankful to all. As human as it can get, all day, I basked in the…

April 5, 2016, was fantastic. It was my husband’s birthday. For more than a fortnight, I had been planning a surprise party for him on the night of April 4. With a group of seven close friends, we had one of the most beautiful, fun-filled, fulfilling evening together.…

Last month, returning from a close friend’s wedding in Uttarakhand, I called up my father on my way home from the Mumbai airport to share with him my experiences at the functions. In the middle of the conversation, he sensed that I was a little edgy and asked…