Squirrelling around

Out for a walk on a crisp Fall morning this week, my attention was drawn to the large number of squirrels that have taken over the neighborhood streets. I see plump black ones suddenly stopping to stand erect on their hind legs, clutching and ravenously nibbling on a tidbit tightly clasped in their front paws, …

Rituals and reality

Today, Dussehra is being celebrated in India and elsewhere. Indian mythology and religious texts venerate Lord Ram (considered to be an incarnate of the God, Vishnu) who is said to have been born some 5,000 years BC.  For various reasons, too detailed to elaborate in this short space, Ram was banished from his kingdom for …

Khushbu … fragrance

“Rang baatein karen, aur baton se khushboo aaye Dard phoolon ki tarah mehake agar tu aaye” [Colors speak, and this tête-à-tête exudes a fragrance The (heart) ache evokes a bouquet of flowers if/when you arrive] – Zia Jullundhari “Humne dekhi hai in aakhon ki mehakti khushbu Haath se chhuke inhen rishton ka ilzaam naa do” …