Thursday 9 March 2017

First time Fair Isle

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March 2013 saw that memorable time when the knitters met me for the first time. 6 of them arrived, zapped to see a greying, garrulous woman with short hair and jeans , terrified to be at the receiving end of my passion and persistence…It was not easy for them, especially when I insisted that they […]

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Monday 6 March 2017

The Holi week

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The one festival which would be avoided totally while I lived in cities and cantonments. That one festival which I never missed in those twelve years abroad. Holi, with its attendant wet clothes, colours in the ears and fingers, water balloons and relentless smearing of gulaal, was best enjoyed from behind closed doors, watching the […]

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Sunday 5 March 2017

Complete….

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2017 is turning out to be all about our little Mili. I wake up early, and then wait for her to stir against my shoulder so that we can run out and greet the rose tinged dawn sky. Meal times, play times, ferocious play times, sleeping and snoozing times–that’s what I have been monitoring/indulging/ ensuring, […]

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Wednesday 1 March 2017

Morning musing..

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Exactly a fortnight ago, at around the same time, 5.30 am, my toes were digging into white sand while I surveyed the brown coral heaps surrounding the beach. The turquoise ocean had receded back to the horizon, leaving a few boats stranded on the shore, with their anchors trailing uselessly behind them. In the distance, […]

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Thursday 9 February 2017

Of things Hand Knit

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Mid February means mellow winter sunshine and a definite climb in temperatures. The night sky has wisps of warmth flying through the chilly frost, the sunrise has spectacular orange and pink hues highlighting scurrying clouds, and on the forest floor, yellow flowers emerge from shy weeds. Acacia trees burst into acidic yellow flowers, and the […]

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Wednesday 25 January 2017

Knitting circle

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There is a word in Hindi, “satsang”–Association with the good.  Though it is used to refer to spiritual gatherings and discourses, I use the word to describe a gathering which does me good, or which brings out the good in me…in any way possible. Knitting, for  me, is the method for bringing rhythm and flow […]

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Thursday 19 January 2017

January Knitting

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Twenty days of this cold month have been spent in futile attempts to escape the sharp nips of Madam Mili, in arranging heaters and hot water bottles to make a warm evening and in knitting essentials and indulgences. Its hard to be objective about knitting categories…one knitter’s indulgence ( a knitted coat for new puppy) […]

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Tuesday 10 January 2017

A month of Madam Mili

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Go ahead and label me “the indulgent, besotted parent” of this little pup –you will not be far from the truth! Mili has made her place at home, found her niche in our hearts and horrified Pepper the matron.Food, cuddles, an assortment of interesting toys ( broken, bashed up remnants of life), calcium tablets, vaccinations…its […]

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Saturday 7 January 2017

Gifts for your hosts in the hills

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This is a purely personal reckoner, based on my conversations and observations in the past 5 years. I am writing about people who have chosen to leave the city, move permanently to quiet hill towns ( not just Ranikhet) and who keep open homes. Folks here are wonderful at inviting people to visit them. Family, […]

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Thursday 5 January 2017

Organ donation

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A new year has begun and its time to write about passions other than mine, about lives lived deeply and sincerely in their own realm and about people who make the choice to take up a cause for helping others. I share a video which is, in many ways, a small token of the culmination […]

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