Archive for December 2015

Short Story: A Portrait from the Past

The family portrait was taken a year back, as he looked at it for a while. Sally had his eyes, while Tom was everything he found attractive in Martha. The kids, the wife, the room seemed a little too bright, full of shiny decorations, so many colors, frills, balloons and what not. So much joy … Continue reading

Shorts: Chattapadhyay Babu

In the early summer of 1990, my brother met Chattopadhyay babu at Nalanda University. My brother, then a student of history traveled across the country, hoping to get a grip on his subject. His curiosity brought him to Gaya. Chattopadhyay babu, on the other hand, studied Sanskrit at Nalanda. Over cups of tea they discussed shlokas from Gita, significance of various … Continue reading

Christmas Special: Plum Cake

Ingredients: 1 cup maida (all purpose flour) 2 large eggs, at room temp 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tbsp honey 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder 1/4 cup olive oil / vegetable oil 1 cup dry fruits and nuts (combination of raisin, dark raisin, seedless dates, … Continue reading

Special: Christmas Alone

For as long as I can remember, Christmas has been my favourite festival after Pujo , of course. There’s just something so amazing about it- catching up, plum cakes, lights, Christmas Tree stuff and just the thought of having survived yet another year of lessons and blessings. As I grew up, Christmas became a festival … Continue reading

Special: Christmas in New York

 ‘Christmas Lights, Shining Bright’ was still limited to the twinkling canopy at Park Street, Kolkata for me back in 2009. All the merry enjoyments of Yuletide that I read about in Enid Blyton’s vivid pages, was all but a fiction of imagination for me….the smell of cinnamon flavored hot chocolate, of pecan pies and gingerbreads … Continue reading

Special: Christmas in London

All I want for Christmas is for kids everywhere, to stay warm and safe —Laxmi Hariharan Christmas at school,meant singing out of tune Christmas carols, playing minor roles in Christmas plays, and surreptitious sips of Goanfeni, with bites of guava cake at Aunty Rita’s. Later in my teenage years it meant wandering around Bandra; the … Continue reading

Shorts: Dear Saree

Dear Saree, I am very grateful to whoever had identified you for the first time to beautify a woman body in a wondrous way. Your 9 yards are so gracefully designed that any woman is going to look beautiful and sensuous. I grew up living around the warmth of two beautiful women whom I have never seen without … Continue reading