Flowers Bloom undisturbed

When you trek in the mountains, be sure to look at the wonders around you…the stream which comes straight from a glacier, the tiny bird that sings uninhibitedly, the clouds that smile and dance, the butterflies that romance the flowers, the tiny buds ready to bloom……the journey is even more enjoyable than the destination. You may even see all the stages in the life cycle of a flower, the tiny bud, the half opened bud, and the flower itself.

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Winters are harsh in some countries, with heavy snowfall and months of subzero temperatures. While travelling on the roads of Kazhakstan in minus 15 degrees, we were enjoying the stark landscape of snow and barren trees. The locals were gearing up for a long and tough winter while tourists like us revelled in the fresh snow that was steadily falling all around us. From the windows of the heated car, it looked like a Christmas card. A lot of effort was being done to prevent the dangerous ‘black ice’ form forming on the road. Vehicles which were blowing steam to melt the ice were closely followed by others which scooped and scraped the snow off the road. All of a sudden, rows of trees caught my attention. Dark, tall, leafless trees on either side of the road with a multitude of bird’s nests, thriving, though exposed to the harsh weather. The trees come back to life after each winter with leaves greener and more beautiful than before. The bird’s nests get covered by foliage once again. The birds live through the winter and emerge when the conditions are right. A few birds could be seen hovering or flying to the nests, too quick to be captured on film through a car racing through to get to its destination.





Sure, some birds migrate in the winter to warmer regions, but these are the ones that stay on. Inspiration comes not only from human beings, but the animal kingdom too…….

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Frailty of humanity

We strut about, thinking the universe revolves around us and our loved ones need us…..all it takes in a bout of acute gastroenteritis to realise that we have no control of our body and health….

What does one do??

Ask for help!!!! one can pass out in the washroom if the condition is severe….

Lots of oral rehydration solution

Antibiotics and antacids/ antispasmodics as and when required

Monitor BP, blood sugar, electrolytes…..

Make sure a loved one is with you

Eat, replenish fluids……and hope for the best

One episode of any sudden illness can force us to face our frailty, our expiry date and our priorities…..stay well, stay safe…..

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Medical doctors do not like to hear these:

Just because we followed our passion and dreams and try our best to help the ill….does not mean that we are infallible and indestructible …..The large majority of patients I have seen have been wonderful and I am grateful for them. But there are others… is what people have said to me over the ages…..

  • How can you be Ill???? you’re a doctor!!!!!!
  • You are an ophthalmologist…hmmm… , I have this pain in my shoulder..!!!!!!
  • Why don’t you try herbs for healing cataract??????
  • Why were you on leave the last time I came for a consultation???
  • There is a Guru who heals by a touch…..
  • I just googled my symptoms, now tell me…
  • Why did you not ‘make’ your son a doctor???
  • I want your opinion on this prescription I got…..
  • Just explain what you study in Ophthalmology…..

And so on……

Apart from this, they expect us to be on duty 24/7, 365 days a year, for our whole lives!!!!

We are not supposed to party/ travel/ have a life….

We are supposed to answer ALL phone calls at all times of the day or night….


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The benefits of ‘maturity’

Oh, what a joy is an age that is beyond youth…..I enjoy the age where we have people elder than us and younger than us…some of the joys are:

  1. Being able to pretend you don’t remember someone or something
  2. Pretending you can’t life a heavy load
  3. Pretending you can’t read without your glasses
  4. Being abrupt and direct
  5. Laughing uninhibitedly and saying what you want 
  6. Dancing and singing in an extremely non-gifted manner ( by now, one knows that nobody is watching )
  7. Being the first on and the last off a dance floor!!!
  8. Getting drenched in the rain
  9. Wearing comfortable shoes and clothes ( yup, comfy is now a good word)
  10. Exiting whatsapp groups, blocking, stalking, talking ….

The list is endless, the joys are too….explore, indulge, work hard, play hard…..

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Aren’t we all envious/ jealous of somebody at some point in our lives????

I envied the characters with superpowers, still envy them a bit……Have we ever wondered what it would be like to be someone we secretly envy????????????

  1. Those with superpowers…….would it not be realllllyyyyy frustrating to be so awesome and pretend to be below average to hide that secret super identity????
  2. The girl/ guy with the perfect physique……maybe they work very hard to look like they do and just maybe they envy us for being able to hog and laze around……….
  3. The smartest kid around….maybe it is a little lonely if people are afraid to open their mouths in front to you …..maybe the super-smart are afraid they’ll slip up, maybe they keep looking over their shoulder to see if the rest are catching up 🙂
  4. The child with the best parents…..maybe the parents keep pressuring the child to be as good as them……
  5. The most popular kid….maybe others want to be with them because they want the ‘cool kid tag’ too……maybe nobody really cares who they are or what they think 
  6. The over-privileged kid…maybe they have no incentive to work hard or to reach their full potential…..
  7. The naturally gifted….maybe they wonder if they will do well enough to make a living out of their talent
  8. The one with the spotless complexion….maybe they wonder if all they have is something that’s only skin-deep
  9. The fearless….maybe they have nothing to lose….
  10. Heart of gold….maybe they feel other’s suffering so much they can’t enjoy what they have…….                                                                                                                                                      And so on and so forth….enjoy what you have, put your physical, emotional, intellectual qualities to their maximum use and be grateful for what you have……you are a unique blend of flaws and perfection………………


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10 ways we annoy our child…..

Being a part of the human race, we want the best for our child….do we always go about it the right way, or does our approach become counterproductive???? Some of the things which annoy a child are talking about………….

  • The troubles we faced when growing up and how today’s children are so privileged
  • The achievements of other’s children…do we want to hear about the wonderful things other children’s parents do?
  • Future plans of the child, their aim in life
  • How they should not waste their time on the computer and other gadgets!!!! Can we set an example???
  • How their best BFF is not good enough for them
  • How junk food has ruined the world….errrr, lay off the fried stuff you love first
  • Their posture, attitude…..what about your own??
  • Lying…..haven’t we lied in front of them?
  • Your spouse in a negative way…..never involve the child
  • Work, job opportunities, how wrong their choice of a career is..they are under enough pressure                                       

What do we do??? We have to guide our child……let’s try to be appreciate of the effort he/she is putting into the curriculum. Lead by example by eating better, using your time with your family better, treating your spouse better, encouraging a dialogue instead of launching into a monologue. They are informed and may impress you with their point of view…….Encourage, support, monitor and be strict only when required.

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Dealing with toxic people

We all have them in our lives. They come in the form of acquaintances, relatives, colleagues or peers. One can not pay them back in the same coin of utter obnoxiousness, hence one has to devise unique ways of dealing with them. I’m not speaking of the run of the mill rude people who can be ignored easily. I’m speaking of the evil genius people who know your weaknesses and make sure they hit at a vulnerable place repeatedly till they elicit a response and then proceed to sermonize you on how to behave, loudly and publicly. These are the people who are there in your life and will be there for a long time. This is what works for me:

  1. Do not initiate a conversation. If they speak to you, pretend to listen carefully while you remember a favourite song that makes you happy.
  2. Smile at them, no matter how caustic their remarks. It annoys them to an extent that they will back off.
  3. Remind yourself that they do not matter to you, their opinion is of no consequence.
  4. Wear your favourite clothes, perfume, shoes, which you can think of when they spew their venom.
  5. Life is not long enough to pay attention to negative comments.
  6. Everybody can’t like you, accept it and don’t let it affect you.
  7. These people are important, they make the other people in your life extra special!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. Do not argue with them.
  9. Act dumb, smile as if you do not understand the sarcasm behind their barbs.
  10. If nothing else works, think of them straining in the toilet, constipated. Never fails!!!!!!!!!!!            Life is too short, nobody can pull you down if you won’t let them. Stop trying to impress or care about people who can never be your well wishers.                                                                                                         IMG_5293

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Idiot Proof recipe for any Indian vegetable or curry

Indian food varies from state to state, but the general principles of cooking remain the same. It should be cooked well, be nutritious and tasty. The most common ingredients are shown below. Each is added after the first has been cooked, vegetables or cooked lentils can be added to make a dry dish or a curry. Tastes vary, customs vary, but tomatoes generally taste good with all veggies.

  1. Basic ingredients. Chopped vegetables, ( two dishes are shown below, potatoes with beans and bottle gourd), onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic. cumin, turmeric, salt, chili powder/ green chilies, salt and vegetable oil/ ghee.

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  1. To a tablespoon of hot ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds. Within 5 seconds, add garlic, after 10 seconds add ginger.

  1. After 20 seconds, add chopped onions, roast well till golden brown (3-5 mins).

  1. Add chopped tomatoes, keep stirring until cooked well. Some people prefer to add green chilies at this stage.

  1. Add the spices and the vegetables. Stir till cooked (5-7 mins). In the case of the chopped bottle gourd, we prefer to the add the spices after the bottle gourd has been added.

  1. You can add green chilies at this stage if you want, and salt according to taste and stir well for 30 seconds,

Other spices like cinnamon, fennel, cardamom etc can be added for specific dishes.

The golden rule is to add the ingredients in the order mentioned above and to cook each separately before adding the next one.

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Roasted chickpeas

Roast chickpeas with salt, add chopped onions, tomatoes, a dash of fresh lime and rock salt. It is a yummy snack, while being nutritious and healthy.

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