Category Archives: Self

The first intoxication

I’ve spent the whole of today thinking about the first few months on the Internet. We had one of the first few internet accounts in India. An unassuming vsnl account perhaps. I had a powwow username. I can’t quite describe … Continue reading

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Brave new world of make-up

Pots of rouge, little boxes of eyeshadows, gleaming rich colours in lipstick tubes, the creamy sets of foundation and the brushes, always the brushes! It’s a world with forbiddingly high walls if you don’t know what you’re doing. I had … Continue reading

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A truth, cryptically told

Good girls make mistakes. Good girls become girls who can be easily doubted. And they get married to boys who think they are perfect. Good girls then become sad women. Brave Good girls then go onto enter the murky territory … Continue reading

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Stitch in time

How utterly lovely are these old Singer machines? Gold lettering on a heavy body. I have such fond memories of being asked ‘to help’ my mother by turning the hand wheel. After a while, my hand would tire, and I … Continue reading

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A random memory – HigginBotham’s at Madras Central

At Madras Central (or Chennai Central as you young ones call it) in the 1980s, I looked forward to buying books at HigginBotham’s. It was the beginning of the journey back home. The last 36 odd hours on a train … Continue reading

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Life and handcream

If my life is going to be one *FacePalm* moment after another, the least I can do is buy decent hand-cream.

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The Tale of Mixer Grinders

I am currently obsessed with kitchenware and gadgets that make the most of a rather tiny kitchen. Part of this madness has been the lust for the perfect food processor. Let me start with a confession though – I have … Continue reading

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A Diwali Bonus

My Diwali bonus this year has something to do with having something tiny (and perhaps largely inconsequential) published in the Guardian today. I think I’ve written far better on the issue of Diwali on this blog, but capturing something in … Continue reading

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The Bookshelf Dilemma

I have too many books. There are many that I wouldn’t bother reading a second time. There are some that are very dear to me. The books that I have, I want to keep. But what about new ones? How … Continue reading

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Something new

I did something completely new today. Something I’ve never done before. I did a workshop on screenprinting. I took a day off work and played with emulsion, screens, tracing paper, inks, squidgy boards, vacuum paper desks to create this – … Continue reading

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Meh and other space fillers

Wanting to write something is somewhat like nausea. You feel slightly disoriented till it’s out. And since there is no such urge, I don’t write often enough. But life has actually been rather vibrant in some ways. A visit to … Continue reading

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A quick confession: Shop Lifting

I’ve made my peace with my shoplifting (when I was eight) with the random thought “Everybody shoplifts at least once in their life”. I stole an eraser. And no I don’t feel particularly awful about it. Felt guilty for a … Continue reading

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