May 16, 2016

An excerpt from my book ‘I made a booboo’

It takes you some time to adjust to the fact that your newborn doesn’t look like the chubby bubbies you see in Pampers commercials. He may grow into one sooner than you can imagine. That is when you will feel that yours is the cutest baby that has ever been produced by mankind, period. But right when he is born, he has a giant head full of cradle cap—which is something like sticky dandruff but a lot worse, fuzzy hair all over his body, an off-centre chin, a barely there neck—that a person who has never seen an infant up close will never remember to […]
February 15, 2016

When outside India – part 2

If you haven’t read part 1 of this post, you might want to read it first to understand the context. I will continue with some other quirky questions I’ve had to answer while living outside India. So once dear Europeans, you asked me if we still have arranged marriages in our country. You know what, we do. We have dedicated websites and newspaper classifieds to facilitate that – much like your dating websites with an added little commitment of marriage. But what we really are ‘arranging’ there is the wedding, and boy we take that extremely seriously. The marriage, however, […]
February 10, 2016

When outside India – part 1

I have a humble request to make to the Europeans. Humble, because being that comes naturally to us Indians, even the NRI ones. I know you have a genuine interest in knowing more about India. That is all good. I would also love to tell you all about the places you should visit in India, the foods you should try, the things you should buy etc. I will do that casually, without displaying much pride, but that is just me. I don’t believe in feeling ‘proud’ of my country (or of any other label that identifies me), simply because I […]