Christmas Memories: Our Traditional Bundles of Joy

As Christmas is nearing, I am seeing various advertisements for pre-packed hampers and baskets for gifting. This is quite a new initiation for Kohima and my reaction was, “How convenient!”. I told my husband about these enterprises, expecting a similar… Continue Reading

Dressing up for Grandma

Our Grandma (the sophisticated one) advised me one day that I should put on make-up and accessorize myself more often. She said that I looked “too plain”, “like an old woman”. What triggered that comment out of her was that,… Continue Reading

My Fancy for Fancy Bazaar, Guwahati

It isn’t easy to miss Fancy Bazaar when one is in Guwahati. After all, it is its original marketplace. This area is cramped with thousands of shops where you are sure to get everything on your shopping list. Many I… Continue Reading

My Husband’s Guwahati and Becoming Mine Too “lahe, lahe”

Guwahati is the biggest city in North-East India. In fact, it is rightly the capital of the seven North-Eastern States AKA the Seven Sisters. Guwahati is also my husband’s home, so it is now part of what I describe as… Continue Reading

Back from Home, Back from Kohima

I am back!!! Just into my sixth month of blogging and I’ve already broken its foremost rule – BEING CONSISTENT. As if programmed, my laptop broke about two weeks into my stay in Kohima. NOT trying to excuse myself because… Continue Reading

When it Pours on Kohima

When it pours down on Kohima in October, You fetch your sweater or a light shawl, Your feet are cold but just slightly. Your Mom takes out her knitting set and wool, And you sit by the fire and warm… Continue Reading

Home: Just Another Place Without the People

  I am visiting my home town, Kohima, after one full year. If you have read my other posts, you will know just how attached I am to this beautiful place and its people. My heart is always tightly stringed… Continue Reading

When Health Takes a Dip

I got my fifteen minutes of Middle Eastern morning sunlight, Snacked on an Ecuadorian banana and saved the Kiwi apple for later. Thai rice and two Irish eggs await me for lunch, My over-worked Japanese kettle whistles once again, As… Continue Reading

Nighttime: When Devils Come Out to Play

I grew up in a very tiny place where people whisper after nightfall as if afraid of the darkness. Lying on our beds at 7:30 pm or earlier, we felt disturbed by footsteps of night crawlers and engines of occasional… Continue Reading

Birthday tradition in my Family

Birthdays in my family is celebrated in a different manner. I don’t remember ever cutting a cake or having people over for a party until after my marriage. I never asked for a birthday present and the same trend applied… Continue Reading

The Echoing Highlight of all my Summer Breaks

Summer vacation was just a mere two weeks keeping in mind that schools remained close for two whole months in winter. I never minded this arrangement after all who wants to have school works during the festive season and also,… Continue Reading

On a Usual Sleepless Night

On a night when I am struggling to sleep off, I feel that insomnia must be one of the most distressing diseases to suffer from. I am not insomniac. On such sleepless nights, a minute seems like ten and before… Continue Reading

Mama Bird Laid Two Eggs

Mama bird laid two eggs, Now she rarely stretches her legs. At the foot of my aloe plant, Which on a pot stands aslant. One is bigger than the other, Because the other came later. Papa bird is always close… Continue Reading

Mama’s Tight-Lipped Girl

One of my earliest childhood memories is of my Mother threatening me that she wouldn’t take me anywhere if I didn’t talk to people. I don’t remember promising her anything but she would take me out anyway and I would… Continue Reading