गौरी

गौरी। कुछ ५ साल की थी जब उसकी माँ इलाहबाद की गर्मियों की चपेट में आ गयी और २ दिन में ही इस दुनिया से चली गयीं उम्र इतनी नहीं थी कि सब कुछ समझ पाती, मगर पापा थे, भैया थे, दादी थीं, तीनों बुआ थीं. खयाल रखने वाले काफ़ी लोग थे। ज़िन्दगी इतनी बुरी भी नहीं थी। फिर कुछ सालों बाद उसके पापा की दुसरी शादी हो गयी। पापा नयी मम्मी के साथ रहने लगे और गौरी और उसके भैया इलाहबाद में चाचा चाची के साथ। कुछ दिन सब ठीक रहा, स्कूल भी ठीक ही चल रहा था दोनों भाई बहन छुट्टियों में पापा से भी मिल लेते थे। गौरी छठीं कक्षा में पहुंच गयी। फिर एक दिन अचानक ख़बर आयी  – गौरी मर गयी।
मर गयी? कैसे मर गयी? कुछ भी तो नहीं हुआ था उसे।
पता चला किसी ने ड्रग्स की आदत लगवा दी थी उसे।
ओवर डोज़ ने उसकी जान ले ली।
गौरी मेरी ममेरी बहन थी

The 200 km brevet that I failed to complete

Behind the scenes A Brevet or Randoneering is a long distance cycling event in which the cyclist attempts to complete a distance of 200 km or more, passing through predetermined and timed checkpoints, completing the entire distance in a given time. I started cycling after a break of 25 years in November and was happy doing small … Continue reading The 200 km brevet that I failed to complete

From a boy to a man. Aasim graduates from UWC Mahindra College

Two years back, in August 2014, we sent our boy, Aasim to a UWC. Two days back, on May 21, 2016, he completed his IB and graduated from MUWCI (United World College, Mahindra College, India). While we saw him changing during his time at MUWCI, and we had expected that he would, it was a pleasure … Continue reading From a boy to a man. Aasim graduates from UWC Mahindra College

I couldn’t have asked for more!

It’s been 22 years to our marriage. Over the years, we have had many adventures together. My wish today is for us to keep having fun all our lives after all,  YLOO – You live only once.  No, not YOLO. Right, Aasim? 😛 Thanks for the lovely gift of the Surly Long Haul Truker, I … Continue reading I couldn’t have asked for more!

Turning back

साल २०१५ अगर ठहरी फिर से ये नज़र तो देख लूँगी आँख भर फिर न जाने कब सितारे ज़मीं पर बिखरें अगर थमी कभी ये राह तो पूछूँगी उससे क्यों भागा करती है बेपरवाह क्या जल्दी है गुज़र जाने की अगर रुका कभी ये वक्त तो गुज़ारिश करूँगी ज़रा सा पलटने की कुछ लम्हे दोबारा … Continue reading Turning back

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 … Continue reading Aasim is 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? मुझे तो जंगल पसंद हैं आज़ाद और स्वछंद मुझे बर्फ से ढकी पहाडियाँ रोमांचित करतीं है वो सागर जो कभी ज्वार तो कभी भाटा क्या … Continue reading आज़ादी

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