Pingali Venkayya

Today (August 2) is the birth anniversary of Pingali Venkayya – the freedom fighter who designed the Indian tricolor or our national flag. Venkayya was a Gandhian who had met Gandhiji when he was a young soldier in the British Army in Africa. He belonged to the village of Bhatlapenumarru in Andhra Pradesh and was…

Munshi Premchand

जीवन को सफल बनाने के लिए शिक्षा की जरुरत है, डिग्री की नहीं| हमारी डिग्री है ~ हमारा सेवा भाव, हमारी नम्रता, हमारे जीवन की सरलता| अगर यह डिग्री नहीं मिली, अगर हमारी आत्मा जागृत नहीं हुई तो कागज की डिग्री व्यर्थ है| ~ मुंशी प्रेमचंद (To lead a successful life, we need education but…

When You Walked Out

When you walked out Life lost all its poetry as I wandered through time Never found symmetry or the joy sublime that made me want to write in ecstasy and delight PS: Photo of rain strewed Parijat flowers on a path in the monsoon.

The Daydream

I invited life to my desolate home and you walked in disguised as love filled my days with delight and laughter thought the joy would last forever But the castle crumbled into the air the daydream ended in a nightmare Love’s an illusion and life unreal yet those deceptive moments made living worthwhile

Hussain Sagar – Heart of the World

Spent the last few days in Hyderabad (India) on some work and also managed to do some sightseeing. Here are some pics of the Hussain Sagar lake clicked from my room. It’s a beautiful and historical, heart-shaped, artificial lake built in 1563 by the then Sultan – Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah to supply water to…

On English in India

Writing this article in response to someone who made fun of someone else’s English on my Facebook post….. I’ve been posting on this page regularly for many months and you might have noticed I believe in writing in simple, colloquial and easy to understand (hope I’m succeeding) language, and and am not really interested in…

Ikat – A dyeing technique

Writing a fashion post after a long time. Wore these “Ikat” saris today – both from different states in India. The blue one is from Odisha and the silver/red one from Pochampally in Telangana. “Ikat” is an Indonesian word, and this dyeing technique originated from there and is now practised in India primarily in Odisha (Sambalpur),…

Life in the Woods

Walden/Life in the Woods Recently came across the interesting story of American poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862), and decided to write about it today. He was an exceptional individual who led a very interesting and experimental life, and his writings have inspired a lot of eminent people including Mahatma Gandhi, Leo…

Memories of Mangoes

Each time I gaze at a mango tree it revives some exquisite memory or some forgotten longing beautiful, joyful, slushy and sentimental like the fruit both sweet and sour and I lose myself for hours remembering childhood spent in gardens filled with the beloved green scented presence Simply love mango trees that were a very…

World Water Day

Happy “World Water Day”!! Today (March 22) is World Water Day. Sharing a very interesting quote by Canadian environmentalist Paul Watson on water: “We buy a bottle of water in the city, where clean water comes out in its taps. You know, back in 1965, if someone said to the average person, ‘You know in thirty…

Writing Quote

There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen to write. – William Makepeace Thackeray