A Hampi Kaleidoscope

A Hampi Kaleidoscope
It is raining as the factories of Bellary rush past our train window. And as the train pulls into the little shanty town that is Hospet, it is hard to believe that the ruins of an ancient kingdom lie not far away. We drive to the green oasis-like Sloth Bear Resort, situated at the edge ...

Home is where the cardboard box is 1

“Can I pack the fridge items now madam?”, one of the packers asked. He proceeded to wrap our pickle jars, sauce bottles and sundry other items from the fridge. He then took out a bowl with an open, half-used milk packet nestling delicately inside. As he lifted the wobbly plastic packet out with one hand ...

Whine-flu outbreak 1

It is spring season and although cities like Bangalore are ridiculously pretty at this time of the year, with all the trees in bloom, it is also the time for all concerned citizens to be on alert against seasonal diseases. One such disease that may creep up on your loved ones without warning, is the ...

Divine Directions 7

I picked up the phone and heard an excited voice at the other end. “Coupon mila hai.” “Huh?” “Madam, beedi packet mein prize-coupon. Mera pass coupon hai.” I was tempted to reply with the evergreen “Mera paas Maa hai”, but being in a kind mood, I simply said, “Wrong number” and ended the call. At ...

Where the wild things are 3

I travelled to Hampi recently and was blown away by the palace and temple ruins, and the fascinating landscape it was set in. To make it even more interesting, I stayed in a wildlife resort nearby. When I was asked to sign the visitor book, I peeked at what everyone else had to say. You ...

Happy homecomings 17

The epiphany came to me on a chilly morning many years ago in Melbourne, Australia. I was standing in the aisle of a supermarket, trying to determine the answer to an important existential question viz. Could green olives be an effective substitute for pieces of raw mango in Tambrahm curd-rice? My thoughts were interrupted when ...

Slight disruption to the site

My site was recently hacked, so I might need to take it offline for bit and clean it up. Until then, please use my Facebook page (search for Such is Writing). Oh, and have a great New Year! Like my work? Please share!

The truth in our stars 6

As we prepare for the arrival of a new year, one must ponder the wisdom of our great leaders. I am personally inspired by the honourable man who said in Parliament that “Science is a pygmy compared to astrology.” This is an astonishing statement. The problem, dear friends, is that for years, we have been ...

The Moral Police wants you 14

So many disturbing things are happening in the country. You must have heard of that disgusting incident in Kochi? I hesitate to write anything here since this is a family paper, but some boys and girls were caught red-handed in a coffee shop. It seems they were doing all kinds of depraved things—talking to each ...

Maps for lost pizza 3

It was a weekday night and we were having the usual family argument about whether to watch Masterchef Australia or Kaun Banega Crorepati. “This is the episode where someone wins seven crores!” my mother said. Against that, my argument of “But we’ll find out today whether the Red team’s croquembouche was too biscuit-ty or not!” ...