Mason Jars

What are we but fragile jarsOf intricate masonryDoes the Creator carve us allOn a whim and fancy!Loaded to the brim; half-empty stillStained glass or run-of-the-mill?Crystal walls, what potion fillsLabelled to hide bitter pills?Marinations, fermentationsTranslucent concoctions,Sugared candies, mushy jelliesMilky relish, chocolate drizzlesPungent, zesty, tangy, savoryAroma, flavors, colors manyLike sticky, sweet memoriesOr just vitreous fantasiesClosed tight, gentlyContinue reading “Mason Jars”

Touristy Notes from Sikkim, 2017 – Part 1

Tiny tots like him walk to school on weekdays with siblings, trotting dangerously along the edge. It is scary but they look unperturbed, their cheeks red under the clear mountain sun.

Nurturing a Young Blogger and Reader

My son and I have much in common – from our introvert temperament to love for reading and writing. Last summer during a long Covid19 lockdown in India, which was labelled by some media houses as one of the toughest, my son asked me about blogging. I explained it was an online journal, diary, orContinue reading “Nurturing a Young Blogger and Reader”

Writing Prompt-ly

“Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath Flashback! Go back to your school days – Recall the essay writing classes and competitions. The first step of these activities was the “topic.” Cut backContinue reading “Writing Prompt-ly”

Writing for Pleasure or on Pressure?

Let me start the first day of a cold January by penning down questions that have been perturbing me since I restarted blogging. Let’s talk about the pressure of remaining high up on the WordPress Reader or search engines or being relevant every single hour on social media platforms. Do you feel pressurized to churnContinue reading “Writing for Pleasure or on Pressure?”

A Blog Usurped – and Reclaimed

A decade back I started blogging and every two years I would pay to renew the hosting domain of my blog. Before 2013, it did not require much thought; the renewal was urgent. At the start of the year of 2013, I had my doubts, as I was not using my blog space, at all.Continue reading “A Blog Usurped – and Reclaimed”