THAT TRIP TO KENOSHA

                                                                                    Almost three decades ago, as a newly married coy bride, it was a mandatory custom in the family tradition to make a visit to all relatives, far and near, to seek their blessings. It is amazing at how societial structures have come into being, and how these customs have shaped the kinds of livesContinue reading “THAT TRIP TO KENOSHA”

A Chance Encounter with Encampers

           It was in the midst of the pandemic last year, when I was introduced to Ratan and Prakash, the founders of Encampers, whose reference was given to me by my son. Knowing my desires to be a constant seeker of newer dimensions of life, my son suggested that I connect with them. And everContinue reading “A Chance Encounter with Encampers”

Manifest your dream

                                                       A few years back, on an official trip to Kolkata, I made it a point to catch up on my dear friend, with whom I shared a rather unique relationship. We were hostel mates and class mates in medical school, almost four decades ago,  but more than that, for some unexplained reason,  she tookContinue reading “Manifest your dream”

GRATITUDE 2020- The Year that was….

                                                    As the curtains draw on yet another year, I look back and contemplate on what it offered me and how this year helped me evolve as an individual. In the larger canvas of life, this year will surely be remembered for many more reasons and would be etched in history for generations to come.Continue reading “GRATITUDE 2020- The Year that was….”

When life takes a U turn

Life throws challenges under the most unexpected circumstances. None can predict when life can take a U turn. But to acknowledge the fact that it can happen to anyone at any time, can only help in building our mental resilience to live life consciously and in full awareness each moment. Many decades ago, my fatherContinue reading “When life takes a U turn”

The Amish Way of Life

February 2019, Lancaster,  Pennysylvania Little did I know that one day I would be able to visit an Amish Village and try to have a deeper understanding of the Amish way of life. This most unexpected visit happened due to the meticulous planning of my friend Tina who wanted me to have an offbeat experienceContinue reading “The Amish Way of Life”

4:00 AM Mahalaya

                                                                                                                                         My September calender in 2019 was quite packed on the work front. A series of academic events, seminars and conferences were lined up. Apart from this, there were some of my cancer patients, who needed extra care and attention. I had just returned from Mumbai a week ago, after attending the Women’s Cancer ConclaveContinue reading “4:00 AM Mahalaya”

Revisiting Kashi

             Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together- Mark Twain My revisit to Kashi or Varanasi as it is known today, happened precisely ten years ago in the year 2010, when I was invited as a Guest Speaker inContinue reading “Revisiting Kashi”

No time like the present

Over the past three decades, she would give me a call when she passed through my city and I would make it a point to go meet her wherever she was staying. We would spend a few hours catching up, speaking heart to heart so that even though the meetings were infrequent, the bond remainedContinue reading “No time like the present”

An Ode to Papa…. Sri. J. C. Mahanta

It was thirty-five years ago when I first heard about my to be father-in-law, an alumni of the prestigious IIT Kharagpur in those days. Back in the eighties, things were quite different, and the prospect of marriage into a family steeped in traditions, where Papa was revered as the patriarchal head, did create some amountContinue reading “An Ode to Papa…. Sri. J. C. Mahanta”

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