Miss Frangipani

Everyday Love Letters

Everyday Love Letters

I’m an enthusiastic letter writer, so it comes as little surprise that when inspiration strikes, I make the most of it and send out missives like there’s no tomorrow. We’re just back from a trip and I reveled in the attention of my niece and nephew, playing silly games and pretend-Masterchef. When I got back […]

Consent before Colour – leave us alone this Holi

Growing up in cosmopolitan Bombay meant throwing yourself wholeheartedly into every festival that came your way. So as Holi approached, we stockpiled coloured powder wrapped up in newspaper from the neighbourhood store. We agonised over new designs of pichkaris and cleared space in the balcony for the buckets that would hold water balloons filled at […]

#52essays2017

One of my many goals for my writing career in 2016 was to send out 5 completed essays. Not pitches, but completed stories that may have paid in real money. Or not. While I received commissions for over 45 journalistic stories, guess how many essays I sent out? None. For 2017, I made a similar […]

8 Ways to Draw an Elephant (Tara Books)

Two of my resolutions this year were to draw more and to review more children’s books on this blog. I was so pleased then, to be able to experiment with the absolutely lovely¬†‘8 Ways to Draw an Elephant’ by Paola Ferrarotti (@pferrarotti). This beautiful 16-page book is also called a “coloring book”, but to me […]

Once upon a chole bhature

I wrote this little essay¬†for Roads and Kingdoms. When I pitched the idea, it was going to be all about the food and the flavour and crackle of the sizzling pattice on the tava. Midway through writing it, though, memories of my dad crept in, and I remembered how much food meant to him and […]

Short reviews: January #100bookpact

As part of the ambitious #100bookpact, I’m reading with intention. I’m reading fiction and memoir, poetry and cookbooks. I’m looking over a teetering tbr pile and smiling gleefully to myself. I’m not intimidated by the goal at all. It will be nice to reach it, but I won’t beat myself over not reaching that arbitrary […]

#100bookpact

#100bookpact

I’ve always been a dedicated New Year Resolution Maker. I love my ‘Word for the Year’, my list of goals and to-dos. The internet has added another whopper now, making me promise things I might not be able to do. Still, life is all about trying, so watch out for two things: The #100bookpact is […]