Movies at Home

If you were born in the early eighties, you would understand the excitement. Movies at home meant cozy nights spent around the idiot box, dinner and chores completed earlier than usual and in full cooperation, past curfew time in pyjamas and blankets, with only TV rays illuminating the room, to watch a Hollywood or Bollywood … Continue reading Movies at Home

Ramprasad ki Tehrvi

How does YOUR family look like? While some of us may allege picture perfect responses to the above question, we all undeniably suffer from mild to severe cases of dysfunctionality in family relationships - complicating, straining and even estranging each other for self sanity or self centredness, whichever necessary. The movie set in UP, begins … Continue reading Ramprasad ki Tehrvi

The Cook of Castamar

My husband never proposed. Not even during the five months preceding the wedding, after six years of dating. I never had the fortune (or misfortune) to hear the three magic words, or experience the grand gestures traditionally associated with a wedding proposal. He simply asked me once what the Church would require for a mixed … Continue reading The Cook of Castamar

It Begins with Us…

"I dedicate the success of this day to my darling husband, without whose support, none of what you may have witnessed today would have possible!" The speaker was an old school friend of mine, a new mother who was celebrating the Indian Christening ceremony or Hindu Naming over a Zoom video among other friends, colleagues … Continue reading It Begins with Us…

Judging the Types

A chance encounter with the infamous or famous (whichever you are inclined to resonate) Myers Briggs Personality Test, some years ago turned me into woman beset upon knowing each one's type. I was known for jumping to conclusions immediately after a casual conversation, and if you were an unfortunate close acquaintance, you would be fiendishly … Continue reading Judging the Types

Nature’s Call

Last year, on this very date - 17th November, something funny happened. At home. In order to understand the hilarity of the event, it is necessary to know the topography of the place where I live. The Gulf region is a developed desert, and rain is rare. Urbanism has propelled many countries in the region … Continue reading Nature’s Call

Live and Laugh a Little

"I do not have the talent of conversing easily with people I have never met before. " And so finally, I 'read' and 'watched'...Pride and Prejudice! Ofcourse, I'm late, but not intentionally. Let me rewind my stance: In grade 7, the class was introduced to Pride and Prejudice, a novel that was severely abridged for … Continue reading Live and Laugh a Little

Integrity

The title is so simple. Yet the quality or rather the personality is a complicated subset of honesty, grace, piety and propiety among several others. The topic came up today because there were not one, but two columns on the subject in the Opinion section of today's Khaleej Times. One was written by Karen Ann … Continue reading Integrity

The Folly of Trusting

It was the early Nineties, and it was our first trip to the British Club. No, we were neither members nor British nationals, but gained access through our visit to Mr. William, and his warm and friendly wife, Mrs. Cecil. The lovely couple were given a modest accommodation of a room and a pantry at … Continue reading The Folly of Trusting