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

To Reach or Not to Reach

On a cold Kohima night, the dew drips from the tin roof on the ceiling. No heater and no fire. All wrapped up in our hand-woven wool shawls, we sit watching the television. Two boys and one girl and our… Continue Reading

To Those Who Make Us Laugh

We can never guess a person’s ‘laugh’ unless we hear it. Unlike many things that we can fake, our laughter comes out naturally (most times) and is easily detectable if faking. I, weirdly, always enjoy hearing a new person’s ‘uncontrolled’… Continue Reading

Marriage – a Totally Different Ball Game

There must had been times when Adam held his head in his hands and asked God “What does Eve want from me?”. Mary, the perfect woman, must had given Joseph the silent treatment every now and then and poor Joseph… Continue Reading

How Sports Help us Escape our Stressful Lives

My mother always says that there is nothing more peaceful than watching sports. She says that sports help us forget our worries as we get lost in the game. She, 70, and my father, 73, watch every tennis tournament that… Continue Reading

The City-Villager

Calling anybody a ‘village’ person is often regarded as a slur and the person targeted will likely get the message that he/she is being insulted. By ‘villager’ or what we call ‘bosti-walla’, we mean a person who is uncultured, uncivilized… Continue Reading