“Key Man”

Just when everyone has gone into isolation I am emerging from self-imposed hibernation to write this piece. A week or so before the closure of schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was high drama in our daughter’s household.  Their soon-to-be-six (going-on-sixteen) daughter got back from school one afternoon and excitedly told her parents and …

Beguiling eyes

“Eyes” have remained the subject for my past two blogs and I have shared a few of my favorite Bollywood songs and other poetry on this theme.  I now conclude with these two compositions. The first song is from the hit 1970 movie Safar (The Journey).  It was picturized on the (first) “Superstar" of Bollywood, …

The Nouveau rich

Just like the mother there is usually another omnipresent being in an Indian home.  However, unlike a mother her presence becomes apparent only because her absence is the subject of periodic agitated deliberation.  “Ungrateful.  Irresponsible.  No consideration for others.  Habitual liar.  She always does this especially when she knows there will be guests in the …

A glass half full

“By defining ourselves against something, we are in fact defining ourselves by it. …We will see anger only if we know it.” I recently read these lines in a book (Radical) and recalled other, similar narratives. One summer evening my good friend and mentor, the late Prof. Singh and I were enjoying a cup of …