A Ray of Hope for Racial Tensions

Ferguson. The very word conjures up images of racial discrimination, violence and segregation. Images of black and white. Cops and innocents. Right and wrong. How about Los Angeles some 1800 miles to the west of Ferguson? Same story. Different names but the same drama unfolded in LA. Incidents between police officers and the public have blown … Continue reading A Ray of Hope for Racial Tensions

My Gastronomic Adventure – Part 2

Now the U.S. is a culinary jungle all by itself and living here for more than a decade has greatly influenced my cooking. As a young bride I focused on making everyday Indian food which was easy, given that I used to help my mom a lot in the kitchen and knew most of the basic … Continue reading My Gastronomic Adventure – Part 2

The Chennai Chronicles – Part 4 (Family and Final Week)

My four-part travelogue will not be complete without mentioning my wonderful family and the good times we had together. My parents and in-laws live in Chennai and that makes life easy for us...or not! My trip to Chennai in 2011 was spent shunting between the two houses! This time we had a better plan and … Continue reading The Chennai Chronicles – Part 4 (Family and Final Week)

The Chennai Chronicles – Part 3 (The Wedding)

My cousin G's wedding was one of the reasons I really wanted to be in Chennai for the winter holidays. She called me sometime in August when she was fixing the date and the venue and confirmed that the kids and P were off for Christmas/New Year. I assured her that we would make it … Continue reading The Chennai Chronicles – Part 3 (The Wedding)

The Chennai Chronicles – Part 2 (People and Places)

32 days in Chennai. 32 glorious days. I met many old friends and made several acquaintances. So many that I can't possibly write about every person I met. I just picked a few experiences that I think others would like to read about. But just so you know whether I met someone for 10 minutes … Continue reading The Chennai Chronicles – Part 2 (People and Places)

Don’t Forget to Count Your Blessings

Count your many blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings, see what God has done... I remember singing this song in school and never really paying attention to the words and the powerful truth hidden in them. The power of gratitude was something alien to me, since I spent most of my … Continue reading Don’t Forget to Count Your Blessings

What Do You Do With Your Sweet Bundles of Joy?

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.  - Khalil Gibran I'll be the first one to admit that I am not the world's best parent … Continue reading What Do You Do With Your Sweet Bundles of Joy?