Teacher’s Day – Inspiration through Books, TV, and Movies


Every year sometime late in August, Snubnose comes to me for help on some project or the other – to make a little something special for her teacher. This year for the first time, she’s going all independent on a project of her own. The ever independent Piglet also scorned my help – scribbling out a drawing of an elephant (or was it a dinosaur for his teacher)?

Anyway, with nobody needing my help, the time hangs heavy on my hands. And hence this blog post where I list the top teacher’s pets, and teachers on books, movies, and TV.

Bring up the Bodies


I am on a roll right here. Two Man Booker prize-winning novels in a row. That usually never happens. Usually award winning books are such powerful experiences, that I need to take a break to clean up my mind a bit.

But Bring up the Bodies hardly feels like a Booker prize winner. It’s fast-paced, taut, and has a very tense quality in it, which is very surprising for a historical novel.

And yes, the language is out of the mind beautiful. But Mantel is not an author in love with her writing. At no point does the wonderful writing overshadow the story.

And what a story it is!

Eating out with kids


I get to visit a lot of really cool dining joints because of the blog. But when it comes to eating out with the kids, I tend to visit the same familiar haunts pretty much all the time.

That’s primarily because of Piglet. He’s not very adventurous with his food and he’s still not at that stage where he will sit patiently while we eat. Of course, we have taken him to plenty of restaurants but we’ve ended up relying heavily on the iPad to keep him occupied. Not the best of situations. When we are all out together, I really like to have all devices put away as much as possible.

But there are some restaurants that hit the family friendly sweet spot just right, and we tend to visit them again and again. Here is a list of our favorite joints and why we love them.

A Brief History of Seven Killings


I’ve been a huge fan of the singer Bob Marley ever since I was a kid. I’m probably dating myself here, but my parents had a record player, and we used to listen to Bob Marley and the Wailers all the time.

I”ll admit though that I never actually dug deeper into his lyrics and background. I just learnt the lyrics and sang along to hits without realizing what it all meant.

So, it came as a bit of a surprise to me last year when I learnt that Bob Marley had almost been shot dead, and that there was a whole, hidden conspiracy behind that incident.

Planning A Holiday? Consider These Unique Holiday Ideas


Are you fed up of the same old holidays? A lot of people opt for the same kind of beach holidays in all-inclusive hotels year by year. But maybe you want something different. Something a little more unique.

If you’re looking for alternative holiday ideas, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are some unique ways you can enjoy your next holiday destination.

One Sunny California Day In Sacramento


Being largely suburban and competing with other, bigger Californian cities, Sacramento sometimes gets forgotten.

However, this is one California city that deserves far more appreciation than it often gets. It’s worthy of your attention for more than just a day for sure. But if that’s all you have to spare, you can still fit a lot in.

You’ll just need a bit of planning and the guide you’ll find right here. From early morning to dinner time, here is how you can spend one sunny California day in Sacramento!

Watching, Making, Eating, and Reading this Weekend


Unlike the rest of India, this Independence Day long weekend is going to be a quiet one for us.

Piglet as usual will go for his horse-riding class, and Snubnose again as usual will go for her art class. By the way, if you are wondering why I haven’t been sharing any works of hers lately, it’s because she’s been in practice mode – she started trying out water colors this summer, and has been struggling a bit trying to create nice paintings using a tool she’s not very familiar with.

Anyway, apart from ferrying them around to different classes, I have planned absolutely nothing leaving me with plenty of free time on hand. Here’s what I plan to do with it.

Birthday Goodies


My birthday is the one time of year, I go berserk. Last few years, I went nuts shopping for my kids (see one of these shopping binges here), but as the kids grow older and develop their own individual tastes, it gets harder for me to surprise them with something they like. I miss that sweet jaw drop of pleasure and surprise when I get them something. But of late, it’s like can I see what else was there in the shop?

So, this birthday I decided to direct that attention to myself instead.