Book: Meet Yasmin, Saadia Faruqi, Hatem Aly We had a program in our public library where if we read books for 1000 minutes over the summer, we get a gift of a free book. I picked out this book as the gift. We also had a similar program at the bookstore, where the kid had … Continue reading Yellow kameez and striped leggings
Rains in Kerala are a dripping, drenched, intense affair! There is no ambiguity in the rains there. It's probably still raining in my father's village. Ages ago when we were little, at night, there would be a deafening cacophony of a million crickets 🦗 chirping all at the same time. With the passage of time, … Continue reading Rains
When your throat is parched A small glass of cantaloupe juice Tastes much better than anything else in the moment The throat is parched from thirst, or from worry
Three of us, the kids and me. Noses pressed against the glass. I was happily washing plates when my older one called me over to watch out for the lightning. I got distracted and looked back at the kitchen for a moment, and my girl was like, There, another lightning! Oh no you missed it, … Continue reading Coconut trees in the desert
Maybe a little chit chat with my imaginary readers. This cup was beautiful to look at, atop the (I have to use the word) cute cacti coasters. Milk is oats, sugar is coconut. Go figure. Very close to what lovers of milky tea crave.
Today I am going to tell you about a short man, a man whose name I have forgotten. Maybe someone in the family remembers his name. The reason I remembered him was because I was eating rice noodles for dinner. The husband had picked up the noodles at our Asian store, it had writing on … Continue reading Some we met
We would have had just finished our lunch boxes. I don’t remember clearly now, but the chana cost either rupees ten or rupees two. Probably ten. Our lunch boxes were the same throughout school life, but this school had a great attraction after the lunch, the chana seller outside the school gates. I have had … Continue reading Want to get chana?
on June 20, 2019. This plant has been with us for about two months now, I think. It was a lush plant in a pot when we got it from the supermarket garden center. Let us see if I can keep it thriving long. On July 9. I plucked off all the dried out stems, … Continue reading Can I keep it thriving – marigold
Two styrofoam bowls and two plastic spoons. One has some cornflakes and more of the multi colored sugary cereal. The second one has more cornflakes and a sprinkle of the sugary cereal, giving the mother an illusion of a slightly healthier bowl. We both are fixated on the supernatural series playing on the television screen, … Continue reading Hope in a tavern
I was reading aloud the second Harry Potter book to the sick kid. The reading was the fun part, I had thought I would probably have no interest in reading these again, but apparently once you love something, you can read it even if you are almost two decades older. The reading brought about mild … Continue reading Scattered thoughts of the desert