Sundays with Shyamni

Dear Reader Something about Sunday mornings, isn’t there? It has always been my favourite day of the week. Growing up, Sunday mornings used to be an ear-splitting affair at my parents house. My father would always tune in the weekly Hindu bhajan program at 10.00.am. Precisely the exact moment the indian AG church opposite our house would start their service even though the iTaukei AG … Continue reading Sundays with Shyamni

Those You Love, Don’t Define Who You Are

I finally figured out how to loop the digital radio through the lounge speakers yesterday. A rather smooth unplugged version of 90’s “ghar se nikalte hi” is streaming through this early Sunday morning. There’s a slight autumn chill in the air but the sun streaming through these huge overhead windows over the lounge is beautifully toasting everything including my cold toes. It’s been a long … Continue reading Those You Love, Don’t Define Who You Are

To the Single Woman Busy Making Her Story Count

You know how sometimes you watch something on television or listen to on the radio and that moment gets etched in your memory forever? I’ll never forget Indra Nooyi in an interview with David Bradley some years ago when he asked her whether women can “have it all”. I remember slumping back in my chair, the wind knocked out of me when she replied, “I … Continue reading To the Single Woman Busy Making Her Story Count

The Christmas Within You

It’s Christmas eve, actually early hours of the Christmas morning and I am finally sitting down with my feet soaked in a tub of hot water and a glass of rosé that I’ve taken a liking to lately. It’s cooled down considerably and there’s a breeze enough to gently sway the wind charms on Suruj‘s back verandah. The lavender scented epsom salts that I picked up from … Continue reading The Christmas Within You

2 Years on Where is Shyamni?

Dear Reader, I had planned a sparkling anniversary post but I must have blinked because I missed the 2-year mark for this blog in April! Time definitely flies. It seems like just last month when I was trying to come up with a name. Only after publishing my 10th post, I realized what a cliché ‘where is someone’ site name is in the blogsphere! But then, … Continue reading 2 Years on Where is Shyamni?

False Friends

As an on-off English teacher, occasionally in a pre-intermediate class I’d hand out a “False Friends’ worksheet. False friends are words or phrases in two languages or dialects that look or sound similar but differ significantly in meaning. It usually ends up being a ridiculously fun task and it is one of the few grammar classes that sticks with students till the end of the course! However despite … Continue reading False Friends

Fix

Things are not well in Suruj’s house. There seems to be a spate of broken occurrences. Cupboard doors are off their hinges. The fridge isn’t cooling properly. The 4-month old electric kettle has started to leak. The back door lock gets jammed every once in a while leaving somebody locked out. On Suruj’s husband’s TV an unexplained patch has appeared from the inside and it … Continue reading Fix

Okay With Not Finishing

2014 seemed like a MasterChef 60-minute cookout challenge episode where everything just went wrong for your favorite contestant. It’s one of those episodes where when told to ‘stop cookinggggg’ you’ve already taken your apron off, ready to do the walk of shame out the doors. The entire year seemed like one big Mercury Retrograde. Retracing everything that I thought was done and dusted. I attended more … Continue reading Okay With Not Finishing

Without Notice

Two things died last Tuesday. Both close. Both personal. Both without notice. My macbook and a relative. If you’ve converted to Macs then you’d know how comparatively simple and hassle-free things become after the transition from a PC. 4 years on my current macbook and I’ve had zilch problems. Never. None. Completed numerous projects on it. It traveled on my back to the highest altitudes … Continue reading Without Notice