Aasim is 18

It has been 18 years  – I look back and remember the day when the tiny bundle of joy had finally arrived. Since this wasn’t a child who cried too much I can’t say wailing, screaming bundle, but a bundle of joy nevertheless.  Although like most new borns, he did keep us awake at night – when the world slept, and I could barely keep my eyes open, this little one wanted to play. So it wasn’t a surprise when as a teenager he preferred working/studying at night instead of day time.

Aasim is 18 today and has stepped into adulthood. While I was going through the pictures to make this photo collage and had no idea how much time I spent doing it,  I felt the time was frozen. In Aasim’s words, when he was ten,  “the clock was randomly browsing through time”

Happy birthday, betu. You are an adult today but for me you will always be my little baby.  I love you.

Aasim turns 18
Aasim turns 18

Love and gravity

जाते जाते वो मुझे अच्छी निशानी दे गया उम्र भर दोहराऊंगा एसी कहानी दे गया We had announced our wedding and you being Tarique’s brother, wanted to meet me. So I met you at a Cafe near Churchgate station at 7 PM and the bond that formed that evening was strong. We did have our … Continue reading Love and gravity

आज़ादी

ये करीने से उगाए हुये फूल पत्ते कतार में खड़े सलामी देते पेड़ और मेनिक्युअर्ड लॉन मुझे कब भाये कि तुम समझ बैठे कि तुम मुझे पसंद आओगे बोलो तो?

Kitten Diaries Part 4 – Story in pictures

As they are growing, the kittens are giving me a lot of photo opportunities.  So I  decided to ditch the iphone camera and use my DSLR to click some pictures. The kittens are a pleasure to be with, they are old enough to be on their own now, and perhaps will soon go away. And … Continue reading Kitten Diaries Part 4 – Story in pictures

Kitten Diaries Part -3 -The playful kittens

This kitten diaries update almost did not make it. For several days the kittens were not to be seen. Billu had kept them well hidden and did not even allow me near them. After about a week of no signs of kittens being around, we gave up and thought that they succumbed to nature’s ills. … Continue reading Kitten Diaries Part -3 -The playful kittens

21 years

11th May, 1994, it was a Wednesday. I woke up a little early that morning, got quickly dressed in a simple green coloured cotton saree that I  had purchased for the occasion, applied a light foundation and lipstick, slipped into my sandals and I was ready for the most important event of my life. It … Continue reading 21 years

Kitten Diaries Part -2 Mishti, Missy and Wookie

Kittens around the house keep you busy. The mother needs to be fed, the kittens need to be weighed and you just can’t keep yourself from clicking pictures. It was Day 4 and all the kittens wanted to do was sleep. The kittens sleep most of the time and are extremely dependent on their mother … Continue reading Kitten Diaries Part -2 Mishti, Missy and Wookie

Kitten Diaries Part 1 – Billu and her mewlings

Bilaoo or Billu for short is my cat who turned one this April. She had adopted me as her human on a rainy evening in July 2014 and has been with me ever since. A few months back we noticed that she is pregnant. I was not sure if she would carry the pregnancy through … Continue reading Kitten Diaries Part 1 – Billu and her mewlings

#47 Tummy Fill

Ok, so I may have turned 47 today but I don’t feel it. So what’s new? The day was a busy one. First Monday of  the month always is. Morning was made with this lovely cartoon sketched by Rohan Chakravarty titled “Tummy Fill” ( A take on Kill Bill, and Lucy Liu who Rohan thinks … Continue reading #47 Tummy Fill

Airport

There was nothing to do, so she just sat and observed people and her imagination took off. The freedom she was experiencing to be herself despite being in a place full of people was liberating. There were no restrictions and no compulsions on her here, so her mind started racing. She started reflecting on her … Continue reading Airport

The two of us

Its dawn. The sky is beginning to turn pink with hope and I am looking towards the dissolving stars. Soon, I know, soon there will be light and I will see you. For now, I am content with feeling the curves of your body with my hands and feeling your warm breath on my face. … Continue reading The two of us

Friend

“Hi!!” he came to her and greeted. “Hi” she replied back, a little cautiously. “Are you new here? I have not seen you around” he asked. “Yes”. She gave a mono-syllabic reply. “Want me to show you around” he inquired and without waiting for a reply, picked up her bag of books in his hands … Continue reading Friend

Some Thumris of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah

The Thumris of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah are known for their simple language and the emotions that they convey. He was the last Nawab of Awadh and while his administrative skills were average, his love for arts was well known. He was a poet, singer composer and a dancer. As his wealth depleted, his popularity … Continue reading Some Thumris of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah

Maya jaal na toda jaye

About 14 yeas back Tarique posted this on his blog with a story of how this simple poem, Maya jaal na toda jaye was written by his mother. Just two years back, his father had passed away and all the works of Ammi were left for their children to take care. Barring a few that … Continue reading Maya jaal na toda jaye