Letter from India

Monday, September 14, 2009

24 hours in Nagarkot

Havingplanned to get away from Kathmandu for a weekend, I decided on Nagarkot, a hillstation, as we call it in this part of the world, east of Kathmandu. Maheshand I started off at 11.20 am on Saturday and we were in Nagarkot by 1.30PM. Our friend Chandni had got us bookedinto the Fort Resort hotel.... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Minus five gear and the hearing impaired

Two days ago I went to shop for Anjali, who lives in Delhi and is going to Latin America and some place which is minus 5 degrees. We were together about two weeks ago when she mentioned her trip and her anxiety about not having the proper gear and being afraid of the cold. AS I was coming to Nepal,... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Home away from home

Well, well. Now that I seem to have mastered the art of posting a link to my picasaweb, I am thrilled! No more attaching photo by photo. I wanted to share some photos of my friend Chandni's home and garden. It's so lovely to stay in a home away from home that makes you feel good. I love my room,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Photos of Noxol market

Please go this site to see the phots for the vegetable market. I hope this workds! http://picasaweb.google.co.in/AA.comfirst/KathmanduNepal?feat=directlink Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Vegetable shopping at Noxol Market

As planned, I began my excursion to the vegetable market with Arjun, Chandini’s cook. Only it wasn’t at the crack of dawn. More like 8.30 AM. The day was overcast, due to last night’s rain. I expected little or no traffic, being Sunday. But, I was wrong. The first thing I noticed was children in... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Kool in Kathmandu

Its 10 PM and drizzling in Kathmandu. A few hours ago, it was raining in sheets. As I walked into the street at 6.30, the sun was a profusion of colours – grey, white, blue, pink and semi black. The western sky was pink with scattered grey clouds, lit up by the setting sun. The eastern sky was... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

In the times of love and longing

That’s the title of a book that was released in Delhi two days ago. It’s a collection of letters between Amrita Pritam, the well known Punjabi writer and her long time artist companion, Imroz. The reading was in Cafe Turtle,above the book shop Full Circle, in N block market of Great Kailash. About... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 28, 2009


Yesterday, I made sushi for the first time in my life. It was long overdue. Let me explain. But, for this, I need to go back, to the beginning of the beginning. The first time I had real Japanese food was during my first trip to Japan. In 19981, I travelled with a Canadian film maker, Gail Singer to... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Inheriting an iPhone

I’m petrified. It’s the same sensation I get every time I have to change my phone. My fear is that I have to learn how to use the new one, all over again. Barely have I mastered the old one, the new challenge arrives. I mean, not that anyone is forcing me to change my phone. It’s a choice I make,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 24, 2009

A Discontened Summer

I know I am not supposed to be discontent. But, I am. This has been a very difficult summer. In India, and more specifically Delhi - where I live - it begins to get warm around March. By May it gets hot and June and July are HOT. But, approximately around the end of June and the beginning of July,... Sign in to see full entry.

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