Winter Wonderland

It’s a white world outside! Travelling from Salzburg to Zurich, the widescreen window of the train offers picture-postcard views of the winter scenery. So beautiful! Small snowflakes falling, wrapping around the bare branches of the trees, painting a white canvas with thicker white strokes. We pass a village; a cluster of houses – their roofs…

5 Life Skills Cooking Taught Me

Patience It is said ‘A watched pot never boils’ – of course it does, eventually, but time seems to pass ever so slowly when you are watching, and it doesn’t help! When you are cooking the focus must be on the ‘process’ of cooking, and it is important to enjoy it. You need to let…

A rain day in Bombay

The view from my apartment on the eighth floor is spectacular. The Arabian Sea stretches out towards the west, its waters rolling over rocks as they run towards the shore. During the monsoons, the water becomes an even darker grey as the rain obscures the horizon while the wind whistles, singing its own loud and…

Birdwatching

Many years ago I had to write an article about a new housing project. I began my copy with the words: ‘Imagine waking up to the chirping of birds outside your window…Imagine after-dinner walks in acres of greenery with the scent of flowers in the night air for company. And all of this in urban…

Walks in the neighborhood

It gets hot in Lexington in the summer; temperatures can touch the high eighties, sometimes even the nineties and with no cloud cover your skin can burn. The good thing is that it gets cooler in the evening and even at 8:30p.m. there is daylight aplenty. I was trying to be a dedicated ‘Fitbiter’; my…

C’est possible!!!

It’s possible… to go for two weeks without a laptop – checking emails; without word docs, excel spreadsheets, and ppts! These thoughts flow through my mind as I sit in the first class compartment, watching a businessman sitting two rows ahead busy tapping away on his laptop. It’s a cold misty morning and I lean…

A Long Drive

In May 2014 I went on my first ever road trip! Road trips are a norm in the U.S. road trips. Families spend summer holidays driving around the country; it’s a good way to see beautiful America. The wide roads and and extensive highway network as well as the rest areas at regular intervals, make…

The Muffin Rhapsody

“I feel like a blueberry muffin”, I said to my sister-in-law as we were driving to the YMCA for our evening Pilates and yoga class. “Why don’t you make some”, was her immediate response. Me? Bake?! Hmmm hadn’t really thought about it. My thought more like ‘hey, there is a Kroger nearby, so let’s pick…