Coolest wall art for your perfect picture

When I was living in Mumbai and was looking for a place to rent in 2012, I was invited to check out a house in Bandra (which I eventually did stay in for the next 3-4 years with awesome flatmates – the best till date) in a tiny little lane called Chapel Road. The name…

Strong is the new sexy, says CrossFit

I am 28 and weigh over 60kgs. Which is also a number I never wanted to look at again. For as long as I can remember I have tried to lose weight and look thin. I have once actually been almost successful – having lost over 11 kgs in 6-7 months by walking every-day and…

Maus: Art Spiegelman and the serious graphic novel

I have been overdosing on graphic novels. It started with a train journey home when I needed something quick to read and finish and before I knew it, I was shooting an email to Leaping Windows and asking them for recommendations about the absolutely must reads in the genre they are experts in. I have…

Mahabharata in pictures

Just how many retellings of a story can you take? The correct answer for me: As many as possible. And if the retelling happens to be a simplified version of the epic, Mahabharata, presented in a visually attractive format – then bring it on! Mahabharata, put very simply, is about the story of two families,…

Get that pull-up, or get out of here!

Let’s talk about overcoming fears. I have about 12 million of them. Lizards, dinosaurs, getting my nail ripped off while dancing, finding an egg which actually have a chick inside, creepy men in lonely streets/ crowded trains, forgetting how to talk, another heartbreak, my mom if she has had a talk with someone I did…

A walk through Delhi’s Old Fort

Winter mornings in Delhi are good for a variety of reasons – you can sleep in, you can eat whatever you want  while sitting in a café outdoors, you can go walk around the city, explore architecture or ruins, take a hop-on hop-off (very weirdly called HoHo ) bus and be a tourist. Especially, if you…

Your old shoes can make kids happy

Teenager Jagriti Khurkute is used to wearing hand-me-down clothes and slippers belonging to her elder sister. The only problem is that once the slippers break, as they often do, her parents are not able to buy another pair for a long time. Khurkute, 16, goes to Government Primary Ashram School, Hiradpada, a residential school aided…

Tea review: AusumTea

I started drinking tea after I moved away from my house. At home, my grandmother would always have a cup of black tea (ironically called Laal Cha in Bengal) with her. And tea at home meant the best leaves from Darjeeling and the ones sent from my maternal uncle’s house in Assam. And then, Bombay…

Book review: ‘The Lowlands’ by Jhumpa Lahiri

Alfred Hitchcock once said “Drama is life with the dull bits cut out”. It must be true. But sometimes a book can be dramatic, even while being a bit, dull. Jhumpa Lahiri in her last fiction, The Lowlands, talks about the Naxal movement through the lives of two brothers –Udayan and Subhash. Born in a…

Book reviews: We Were Liars and A Man Called Ove

Have you ever wondered about reading challenges? Goodreads, for one, has been something I have followed for the last 5 years. And mostly, I stick to the challenge target. I started with 12 books a year and read 15, went to 25 books and read 30 etc. I gave a conservative estimate of 25 books…

Book review: A Little Life

I am mortally afraid of fat books. 300-400 pages is okay, but when the number crosses 600 and the font size is small enough to make you squint, I know I am in trouble. My friend from Bangalore (let’s call her Madam Book Dragon or MBD) on the other hand does not read short pieces…