Musings

Nature’s brush strokes

The celestial dance of nature before the shimmering leaves gracefully drop down to the forest floor, be one with the earth, and sprout again with…

Tiger tales

Our African adventure jogged a few memories. Stories about my grandfather heard in my childhood in bits and pieces. Some narrated by his sons, some…

Temple of dreams

Getting the opportunity to be a part of building a traditional Krishna temple does not come even once in a lifetime. It did not appear…

Is the pen mightier than the word?

When The Pen was born it was placed in an elegant coffin. As it came to its senses it found out that it was immobile,…

The power of stories

The power of stories is a Toastmasters speech. In hands of a deft story teller the tale can move hearts and mountains!

Whale watching

Whale watching off the east coast of Nova Scotia.

What’s in a name?

Very close friends call me “Mad”. Some friends call me “Madhav”. My wife and thousands of my relatives call me “Madhu”, which means honey!

Mistress of my soul

All these years, I had bottled up Conscience, the mistress of my soul, deep under multiple layers of fat accumulated over five decades.

Holiday blues!

The day I was invited to four Christmas parties may go down in history as the day my weighing scale broke down and cried. That…

What’s bugging me?

The flu virus! Physically not yet. The quandary began with the onset of the flu season and advertisements that flustered even the most resolute. This…

I am sorry, it is cancer

Initially it was a search for answers, trying to find the strength to comfort my wife, and coming to terms with what we thought usually…

Lotteries. A worthy cause!

I feel good today. Hopefully, my contribution of $100 towards the research of a deadly disease will save someone’s life. That’s the best part. On…

Thanksgiving

I first heard about Thanksgiving eight years back. Of course, I was familiar with the literal word, but never gave it much thought. What I…

Another day in Cuba

Today’s highlight is the road train. A big toy train with three open bogies. We leave the hotel at 10 am sharp Cuban Standard Time.…

Silver Streak

Summer time. Managers at a popular car franchise wilted under the constant pressure of trying to sell their inventory and promote next year’s stock. After…

Kissed by a dolphin

The day started early, a few sunrays before six. The sun peeped, ran an eye over Holguin beach, looked up, parted the curtains of our…

Women are right. Always!

There is no woman in sight. If a man stands in the middle of a forest and says something, is he still wrong? [A quote…

Keep that smile!

First thing every morning, I look at myself in the mirror and smile. Then I wash my face, brush my teeth, look at the mirror,…

Music of the rain

I opened my eyes and saw nothing. First the sounds of rain reached me, then the spray from a water drop. Lightning made the room…

Freedom at 10

Women think way far ahead. They plan, plot, and gently let their men loose in a maze that resembles their mind! And those pour souls…

99% Canadian

My journey to become Canadian started 20 plus years ago. I was told Canadians are very nice people. The same person told me, in Canada…

Sleep Clinic

What comes to mind when you hear the words, ‘sleep’ or ‘a good night’s sleep’? A cozy bedroom with a high four poster bed. Crisp…

Breaking the ice

I resemble an ice carving; silent, apparently lacking human emotions. With persistent global warming it would be a matter of time before I melted away…

Carroms, anyone?

Chitra is mean. It all started with that stupid carrom board*. One fine evening Chitra and I had the urge to go and eat at…

On making dosa

Dosa is another heavenly food item from India – the land of mystery and more recently, outsourcing! The humble dosa originated in Kerala (South India).…

Eat my son!

The following account took place in early September. The place: New York, New York. The event: The wedding reception of a dear friend. “Eat, my…

Home is where the heart is!

I like going home. If possible once every year. My home is far away. Roughly 8,500 miles away, across the Atlantic, past the gulf countries,…

Basic rules of driving

Some drivers break rules most of the time; they dismiss road signs, crisscross lane markings, and threaten human beings in other vehicles. Today I will…

Creative imagination

I read this story and it stayed in my mind. It’s also the punch line in a TED talk. A young teacher was conducting a…

Tech-no-logic

A dear friend of mine received a new Blackberry. Till then she had a simple flip phone to receive and make calls. When the phone…

Kathakali

Celestial Dances I – For Arun, the weekend started with Kathakali, followed by nature’s dance in tornado alley, and dancing on the streets in Little…

The Butterfly Effect

At the bottom of the bridge over Welland Canal, the overhead sign flashed once. ’30 minutes to 1 hour wait at the Peace Bridge Crossing.’…

Don’t take it personally

I was brought up with the habit of sharing. In school there were the textbooks, the bench we sat on, the pencils and erasers, teasing…

Peep. Mum’s the word!

The highlight of Chitra’s New York trip was lunch. Hunger pangs dug in when her car entered Holland Tunnel on the way to a rain-soaked…

Breaking the iceberg

I broke the ice in my first speech. Many of us do not see or connect with the iceberg beneath. I am talking about our…

Vishu

This year, the concept of Vishukainettam has changed slightly. What was a token amount for Vishu given by karnavars to the younger folks is now…

Gastronomic weekend

Chitra thrives on excellent cuisine. In her quest to taste the best ethnic foods, she has dragged me across time zones, even countries. As the…