On the eve of India’s Independence Day….

I recall – As dusk falls on the eve of India’s Independence Day 2015, there is a sense of calm in our hearts for the first time in 13 years. We are gazing onto our new patch of garden in Bhubaneswar, having come home and we do not have to go over each minute detailContinue reading “On the eve of India’s Independence Day….”

Poena ~ Ashes of Rose

Poena ~ 1 In memory of my nephew Viraj Thappa Ashes of Rose My colour for YOU,  Ashes of Rose, soft words reflect the colour of your flushed cheeks, tinged with indigo blue. You who lie so still, content. Smiling in deep slumber, breathing in tune to an ephemeral heartbeat, your lips part asunder, aContinue reading “Poena ~ Ashes of Rose”

World Cancer Day 2020

When The Emperor of Maladies erupts and disrupts Life…… a cached text version of my article on Huffington Post India. Leap Of Unfaith: Letting Go Of My Husband It has not been easy inhaling and exhaling these past 240-odd days. HUFFINGTON POST INDIA THE BLOG 10/04/2017 3:37 PM IST | Updated 01/06/2017 10:06 AM ISTContinue reading “World Cancer Day 2020”

How Languages Changed My Life by Project MEITS Heather Martin (Editor), Wendy Ayres-Bennett (Editor)

How Languages Changed My Life is a collection of stories exploring the importance of languages in shaping the lives of individuals and communities around the world. It brings together writers and musicians, politicians and activists, teachers, students, scientists, comedians, and sportspeople whose experiences are both unique and exemplary. The first-person voices are conversational, intimate andContinue reading “How Languages Changed My Life by Project MEITS Heather Martin (Editor), Wendy Ayres-Bennett (Editor)”

Expatriate Heads of Schools: An intrinsic Indian need?

There are now over 700 International Schools across India that offer foreign programmes of study, that are termed ‘Foreign Boards’. These International Schools charge from Rs 4 lakhs to Rs 8 lakhs in annual tution fees. Parents continue to want the best for their children, but mainly to send them overseas. Earlier, it was toContinue reading “Expatriate Heads of Schools: An intrinsic Indian need?”

Words that may denote melancholia or depression.

A month left to herald the New Year – 2020. It will be a time for joy, goodwill and hope. Yet for some it may be a time of anxiety and loneliness or perhaps something deeper….? From : http://www.healthcollective.in/ “A safe space for conversations, trusted information and resources on mental health in India”. Have youContinue reading “Words that may denote melancholia or depression.”

Homecoming Reflections

“My apologies, dear Reader, sometimes I listen, to learn, not judge……It was at the last Ladies Luncheon…”. There are passionate voices extolling the virtues of professions over motherhood, of choices made, with the support of a husband or joint family, but are these coloured with a twinge of melancholy or is it guilt? A doctorContinue reading “Homecoming Reflections”

Women of India & the Reality of Empowerment

There are some resonant sounds we hear daily in this pulsating, multi-tasking world we live in- listen to the myriad nuances of the word ’empowerment’.Do the words ‘empowerment for women’ reek of gender bias?I will begin with women in their mid – 50’s, born in the cities to well-educated parents and grandparents. Why have manyContinue reading “Women of India & the Reality of Empowerment”

#SDGs ~Adult Literacy ~ Points for India to Still Ponder Upon in 2020

World Literacy Day 2016 ~ Adult Literacy – Facts & Fiction Moderator: Smt Jayshree Misra Tripathi  , Independent Consultant, International Education & Adult Women’s Literacy.  The complexities attached to Literacy in rural India – Facts & Fiction Speakers: Captain Indraani Singh, Founder Literacy India & Senior Air India Pilot; Ms. Purnima Gupta, Nirantar; and Dr. AapgaContinue reading “#SDGs ~Adult Literacy ~ Points for India to Still Ponder Upon in 2020”

#SoulSearching: Rethink, Relearn, Retain

Now in my early 60’s, my 3 R’s for positive thinking are: Rethink, Relearn and Retain your memories of a full life, well-lived. And write. I do. Thirty years of travelling overseas with a few home-postings.How does a foreign service spouse, having lived overseas for decades due to her husband’s work environment, cope with notContinue reading “#SoulSearching: Rethink, Relearn, Retain”