Updated on February 16, 2017
If you have time to scroll through your Facebook feed and shake your head in disbelief, you have time to read When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. And even if you don’t have time for social media and have your plate full with other pressing matters, read this book, I urge you. Unless, like millions of people before me, you have already read it.… Read the rest
Updated on January 25, 2017
Not too long ago, I volunteered at a Scholastic Book Fair in my son’s school. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed that morning, browsing through classics and newbies alike. In class, they are reading Molly Lou Melon, a delightful story about a short and clumsy young girl with buck teeth, and “a voice that sounds like a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor.”
I … Read the rest
Updated on December 21, 2016
by Kahlil Gibran
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not … Read the rest
Most kids keep a favorite toy or two in their locker at school. More often than not, it’s a stuffed animal, one they carry around wherever they go. The one toy which causes unforetold panic when left in a cafe or a train.
So when my son forgot his penguin, a certain Rustle (not Russell) Garbage-Ring, in his … Read the rest
“Life isn’t perfect, she thinks, as the lot of them clatter into her kitchen. It has taken her a while to get on friendly terms with this notion. She had thought perhaps it was perfect for others, not just for her. Or that she could revise and revise and revise life, as if sitting a perpetual Cambridge exam, and it would become perfect. Increasingly, … Read the rest
Updated on February 2, 2018
I tried to take a break from writing. I couldn’t. So here I am, click-clacking at my keyboard in search of a story to tell.
So, why don’t I tell you something about the story I am reading right now? It’s Summer Lightning by P.G. Wodehouse.
Intrigued by the pig on the cover? That’s Empress, the prized sow of Lord Elmsworth. The story takes place … Read the rest
Updated on February 2, 2018
I read blogs and books where some or all aspects of travel, extended travel, living as an expat, and often, settling down in a land-once-foreign hold center stage. So when I came upon Nina Mukerjee Furstenau’s memoir, Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland, I found myself one-clicking my way to the book. Amazon delivered the book right around Christmas time … Read the rest
The incessant snowstorms and blizzard warnings of the last few weeks have put my travel plans on the back-burner and as I am apt to do in times like these, I have turned to P.G. Wodehouse. Having finished with “Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves” yesterday, my current companion is “Eggs, Beans and Crumpets” and so far it has not disappointed. Of course, nowadays you don’t see … Read the rest