The Tale of the Shimmering Pearls

Bzzz, bz, bzz, bzzzz…no, it was not the whirring of wings even though there were plenty of dragonflies and damselflies around. These were grave murmurs which were rising by the minute and had risen to fizzy levels by the time the beetles, bugs, crickets, bees, and flies joined in. So much so that the presiding … Continue reading The Tale of the Shimmering Pearls

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Golgappe Le Lo…

(Though this poem is an ode to the much-adored, most common avatar of pani puri, the pictures depict options in cheese-n-chive, dahi lal mirch and imli-pudina sauces.) Pani puri golgappa gupchup puchka, the much-loved street food of our nation, with unlimited options on sauce and fillings, is always open to experimentation. The crisp round deep … Continue reading Golgappe Le Lo…

Floored!

Trudging through the forest deep my sights were set high, admiring the verdant canopy limiting the azure sky, then a dead twig snapped beneath causing me to stare, a carpet of leaves bark and fruit strewn around sans flair. Mottled sunlight on humid ground with countless life that toil, silent at work unseen unheard feed … Continue reading Floored!

Innocence!

For a few weeks now we had been feeding and observing this heavily pregnant village street cow, who about a week ago suddenly disappeared into the forest and became untraceable, even as we feared the worst. But to our pleasant surprise, she finally returned yesterday with her new-born stumbling and tottering alongside. The cow being … Continue reading Innocence!

The Midsummer Bloom

Midsummer blooms on hills and vales down ridges and ravines, a splash of boundless colours now overwhelms the greens, lemon, blonde, butter, honey, canary or cream, scarlet, lilac, plum, lavender, any shade you dream. The fragrant bouquet lays a feast with nectar laden sweet, bees and wasps, flies and ants, all gather for the treat, … Continue reading The Midsummer Bloom

Selfless Shellfish!

The tide rises swiftly as ochre hues deepen, the shore then promptly comes alive, anemones and mussels, crabs and star fish, they all break into an impromptu jive, the ebb at noon that left them ashore, some in a tiny pool but most on sands dry, they buried down quick and awaited the eve, of … Continue reading Selfless Shellfish!