Wednesday, October 24, 2012

slow food...

just because you are a driver is no reason to eat on the go...remove chappals, open dicky, unpack tiffin, fold legs, eat, drink, pack, close, wear chappals. may all our meals be slow, enjoyable and mindful.

Monday, October 22, 2012


and for the bigger interruptions in the path of of life, you just have to wait and let them pass.

Monday, May 21, 2012

the giver

and like the tree
she lived.
giving comfort,
shade, clean air,
fruit, a home.

she gave to all,
to rich, to poor -
she gave,
to good, to bad
she lived,
happily, giving quietly,
she died.
giving quietly.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

good enough!

aaji, i once asked my granny,
do you think this dress is too good (expensive)?

"what is more valuable than ourselves?
nothing material is too good."

words of wisdom from my grandmom.
how i wish i could talk to her today.

instead of hiding my real self like
a thief stealing from life,
i'd walk proud and strong,
not being ashamed to be me.

i'd always be good enough.

Friday, March 16, 2012

ajanta caves

crafted with love and care and patience. the stone pillow too has been softened with faith to form a soft cushion for the buddha's sleeping head. the ajanta caves were a joy to behold. to think they were forgotten for centuries together before being discovered...the caves are surprisingly well maintained, with eco-friendly buses leading upto them from the car park below.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

usha uthup - an original

had usha uthup, one of india's leading singers asked for advice from a pr person before launching on her singing career, no doubt she'd have been advised to dress the part. slim down, wear western she is 40 years later. herself. in sarees, flowers in her hair, bangles on her wrists, rocking it like no one else.

truly an inspiring original!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

the paithanis

the paithani is a much admired, historic weave from maharashtra. festive, opulent, bright and celebratory. and expensive. orignially, they were made using pure gold thread for the embroidery. the designs are painstakingly converted into the final form after days of labouring by highly skilled weavers. nowadays, a lot of them are made on power looms, making them affordable to a wider range of women. here are some from a recent gathering. the purples do seem to be the most popular.