October 20, 2017
January 8, 2016
This morning I woke up to thoughts of pristine white sand, turquoise waters, barefoot walks on the beach, and the blissful beauty of seclusion. Such is life lately—fairy tale dreams and thoughts of paradise. Yes, paradise.
Hope you have had a wonderfully lovely year-end, and a beautiful beginning to the new year.
December 24, 2015
It’s Christmas Eve and there is a feeling of beauty and magic and holiday all round.
Everyone seems to be on vacation from work with the busy-ness of last-minute shopping, family get-togethers, nights in front of the fire, holiday soirees, lingering dinners, and family traditions.
And while on the topic of holidays and celebrations, I am a little wistful for festive cheer and fairy lights and snow and a trip to Paris (ah, yes!), but most of all, mistletoe.
December 24, 2014
It is the night before.
There is a spirit of magic and holiday all around the world.
And in all the feeling of excitement, I am home alone, enjoying a few days of vacation from work, while soaking up the beauty and magic in the air, and catching up on a few lovely things.
One of my very favorite things during the holiday season—besides the cozy late mornings under the blanket, sleeping ins, and the romance of late night movies with many cups of coffee—is baking up a storm in the kitchen.
December 10, 2014
Christmas is around the corner, and the clock is ticking down hurriedly to a whole new exciting year.
The festive season is always a special and memorable time. It brings family and friends together with rituals and traditions, sparkle and magic, gifts and fun and food.
September 7, 2014
Onam brings fond memories.
Memories of draping in traditional gold-bordered settu mundu, wearing jimikki earrings with strings of fresh jasmine flower adorning the hair, creating pookkalam—the colorful and intricate arrangement of fresh flowers on the floor—with friends, clapping and moving around in a group to the tune of thiruvathira song, and, enjoying the elaborate and most exquisite vegetarian feast, sadya.
The harvest festival of Onam—the most important festival in Kerala—celebrates the mythical homecoming of King Mahabali, the legendary king who reigned the state in the golden era. Per legend, he visits his subjects every year, and Keralites celebrate it with pomp and great frevor. Onam also signals the end of monsoon seaon.