When brothers grow up, life can be very interesting. When you have a brother in your life, you don't need any other pet in the world, you already live as if you are in the zoo or a farm with a buffalo, a bull, a horse, a sheep and even a sheepdog. You have absolutely… Continue reading Ah! the circus of siblings!
"Why wear makeup? Why wear any at all?" I wondered as I looked into my closet beauty and skincare stash, under lockdown, and noticed I had A LOT. I would have liked to believe that my makeup stash was far larger than my skincare one, but that was not the case. Put together I had… Continue reading Abandoning materialism : pandemic panning and empties
Thomas Hardy had written "Far from the Madding Crowd" a long time ago long before us, but for us all 2020 was a genuine far from the maddening crowd. Summer 2019 I received a tourist visa to the US, I came to Philly, loved it and had planned to go to Hawaii in 2020, and… Continue reading The best vacation ever: the inner journey of self awareness
Not the fake one mind you. The genuine one. The celebration of you being the most unique creation, or evolved species, however you want to put it. So unique that there is only one of you on the face of the earth. The pandemic brought about a drastic change. A painful change, but for the… Continue reading When all you ever needed was to love yourself
★★ For everyone who has watched the Fifty shades of Grey series and actually admired it, well good news, they have been rebooted as Fifty Shades of Frocks aka Bridgerton. Apart from a singular aspect : the explicit representation of people of colour, Blacks, with Asians and Indian people to be seen alongside far east… Continue reading Colour saves a shoddy teen romance
Academic life made me addicted to makeup. I just had to cover up all my defects, the blue eyes from stress and sleepless nights, the hyperpigmentation marks, the dull complexion and eternally weary face. Every morning I put a perfect face on to show to the world and trick myself into believing that I can… Continue reading The mirror on the wall
This is a story of a long, long struggle I had throughout my life. For part I click here. I had always been made aware at "how, thin, limp, and straw like" your hair are, "you don't have length, thickness or volume" were the comments of every doctor, masseuse, and even every housemaid I had… Continue reading Experiments on thine self, to shampoo or no poo! A hair saga : Part II
“You are too fair to be of South Indian descent” remarked my friend who was from Pune. “So you have doubts to my Kerala origins? I replied. Along came another friend from Gujarat, he said “No! Girls from Kerala are so pretty and can be lighter skinned like you..” I wondered later about what they… Continue reading The forgotten legacy of the British colonization of India
Dear Mom, Happy Birthday! You are forever young and beautiful and will not grow older. Some people are meant to be beautiful, they are not touched by senility and a downward spiralling longevity into a mere trace of the splendor that they once possessed in youth. Princess Diana remains young and beautiful to this day.… Continue reading On finding the road back to you….
The pandemic has brought out ugly truths of our fast paced modern lives which have left us baffled and changed. Everything has changed perspective and what may have once seemed a necessity no longer serves any purpose. The lockdown slumped the lipstick index and cosmetic sales plummeted. I just like the rest of us didn't… Continue reading Minimalism with responsible decluttering