Not so gingerly


This morning, as we began making tea, Atul placed a piece of ginger on the kitchen counter and made an interesting observation. "This looks like a rockstar!" And why not? The humble ginger has been rocking my life ever since I can remember. When we were kids, every year, on Diwali (that's Naraka Chadurdashi or… Continue reading Not so gingerly

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Defining eyes


I first applied homemade kajal when I visited an acquaintance many years ago. While I waited for my friend to get ready to head out, I chatted with her mother — a tall and slim, simple rural Haryanvi lady. As our mundane conversation veered towards the use of kajal, she mentioned that she had prepared… Continue reading Defining eyes

Lamps in the sun


Diyas drying in the sun. Picture taken with Moto G3, edited with @befunky

Happy Deepavali!


As is the tradition in these parts of the world, here's a few Deepavali pictures 🙂 The Daily Post asks us to post something that glows. Nothing better than the glow of festivity, piety, family and lights. Here's wishing you all a very happy Deepavali!

Shine


This weekend India will celebrate Diwali. And preparations for the festival are in full swing. Homes are being scrubbed squeaky clean. Renovated houses are getting last minute paint jobs. Traders - both online and offline - are running promotional offers. And all of us are busy shopping for clothes and gifts! The most important aspect… Continue reading Shine

Lighting up Diwali with colourful candles


Wishing you all a very happy Deepavali and a prosperous year ahead! This is post #11 in this year's NaBloPoMo, or as Ra calls it Nano Poblano NaBloPoMo = National Blog Posting Month = Thirty straight days of blogging

The Owl


'Come, quick! You have to take a look at this!' My father's voice conveyed both his excitement and the urgency of the moment. We rushed to where he stood - at the door to the balcony. He signalled us to wait there and pointed outside. A huge white bird sat perched on the railing of… Continue reading The Owl

A Very Happy Deepavali


We hadn't really planned on making a rangoli this year. It isn't something we do traditionally. All that changed, however, when a close friend of mine sent me a photograph of a beautiful rangoli she had made with her sister. My cousin and I went shopping for colours, and with the help of my mother,… Continue reading A Very Happy Deepavali

Happy Diwali


We mixed up the traditional white stone Kolam powder with colourful Rangoli powders to create a small message. A couple of shots of our little decoration for this year's Diwali... Here's wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous Deepavali!

Happy Deepavali!

Diya Painting

Today, on the festive occasion of Diwali, I painted this little Diya... Here's hoping every home has a lamp, and a bright future. Wishing everyone a very happy, cracker-free and safe Diwali!