Letter from India

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Umbrellas and Sandals

In the Ayurveda Centre I am at (since the last 12 days), the highlight is umbrellas and sandals. At the entrance of every building people take off their footwear. Clients (like me) have to use umbrellas as they walk from one building to the other - for treatment or the dining area. I like the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Flip flops

I love flip flops Especially in the rain Here is a pair that I love I wonder who they belong to? Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Gift of a Sewing Machine

A month ago I gifted my sewing machine to Habeeba. Habeeba came to us last year, when Prakash and Simachal, our full time staff, who usually take turns in holidaying in their home state Orissa, were together absent for about three months. So, Habeeba and Gudiya, her daughter came to work for us.... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Retreat of Sorts

It’s our second day at Ayurveda Mana, a healing centre. Mahesh (my husband) and I had been planning to do this for years. We had discussed it to death. It was time to act. Very serendipitously, in January when we were in Bangalore in January this year visiting or friends Gouri and Ramu, it happened.... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Visiting Friends

Last Saturday, my friend Linda, who lives most of the time in Ottawa, Canada, came to stay. She was on her back to Canada after a business trip to Sri Lanka. If the humidity was killing her in Sri Lanka, then the dry and relentless heat of Delhi completely finished her off. But, we 20 th and 21 st... Sign in to see full entry.

April end in the Mountains

The last time we here was exactly a month ago. Between March and April there is a difference. Surprisingly, the air is cooler, the light is different. It should have been warmer, but it is not. The drive up was dry, as there has been no rain. We made good timing, except for a one hour wait at... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Lost Notebooks

I am Dhaka, Bangladesh for a week. Yesterday I lost my notebook. It was a spiral bound black note book, with checked paper. It had all my contacts and notes. It’s not like I don't know where it went. I put it on the top of the car, while getting out my phone to call the driver (who was mising in... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Roses in the Mountain

Being in the Shyamkhet house is like being in a valley of roses. Ever since Jasbir (my brother in law) developed an interest (and now passion) in roses several years ago, there is a sea of roses (literally) in the mountain house. Anywhere you look in the garden are roses. There are at least two... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bael: Rounded in Goodness

One of my favourite drinks at this time of the year is Bael Sherbet. Some of you may be asking ‘bael, what’? Well, it’s a fruit whose Botanical Name is Aegle marmelos (not that I will remember it) and its found widely in South and Southeast Asia and some of the western hemisphere. It’s an important... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The 4 PM moon and Water Colours

After admiring the Chinar tree in my sister and brother-in-laws hill home for days, I finally decided to water colour it. There were large leaves and small leaves and I decided to do both, and then some. I got a little carried away with the orange and fuschia. So, here it is. The day before, as we... Sign in to see full entry.

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