Ageing is more than just a number!

If there is one thing that is guaranteed to get my goat, its people saying, “Age is in the mind.” Such a callous, dismissive statement that! The last time someone said that to me, I turned around and retorted, “Of course, it’s in the mind. It’s in my mind!”

Mother India lives on in Malaysia!

The first thing that strikes you when you meet Leela Mami, as she is widely known in Malaysia, is the aura of dignity she exudes. In my mind, I think of her as Leela Ba (Ba means mother in Gujarati). Because that’s what she is. The epitome of the spirit of motherhood. The outcome of… Continue reading Mother India lives on in Malaysia!

Malaysia’s Very Own Prabhudeva!

She is 82 years old. She is virtually blind now, depriving her of the ability to even watch television. She is alone the whole day as the son and daughter-in-law she lives with are both working. She has no grandchildren to entertain and keep her company at home. Yet, she is Malaysia’s very own Prabhudeva!… Continue reading Malaysia’s Very Own Prabhudeva!

Fly, little one, fly!

Every family has a history. One, which records the courage and sacrifices of an earlier generation, made in order to lend the next in line the wings to fly higher than they did. One, which speaks volumes of each successive generation of parents who did their utmost to say, “Fly, little one, fly!” I have… Continue reading Fly, little one, fly!

A Chip Off The Old Block!

The theme for Indispire’s edition No. 70 asks “So, what makes a dad great?” Well, in response I would say if you are a chip off the old block and proud of it, that’s what makes a dad great! Speaking on the subject of #GreatDads, here’s my lights, camera, action narration on why this chip… Continue reading A Chip Off The Old Block!

A BFF Tale – Chapter 4

Please read Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 before proceeding to this final chapter on A BFF Tale. Malaysia has this rule that people wishing for Permanent Resident status cannot cross the country’s borders for 5 years. At least that was the rule in the 1980s. I think that, too, affected Aruna (Anu). Perhaps if… Continue reading A BFF Tale – Chapter 4

A BFF Tale – Chapter 3

Readers coming to this page directly should read Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 first to get the picture unfolding in Chapter 3 of A BFF Tale. JJ and Aruna (Anu) lived in this cosy, ground floor apartment a little off Carter Road in Bandra, Mumbai for around two years after they got married. That house became the adda (den)… Continue reading A BFF Tale – Chapter 3