Skimming the till, a shoe polish brand, a luxe body cream, and an old school friend.

Cherry blossom shoe polish, sold in India under the tagline, “Did you Cherry Blossom your shoes today?” Photo by the author.

I was introduced to Japanese Cherry Blossom products by my husband’s classmate, Anand Sinha. He would come to our home in India from the US, and he’d usually carry chocolates for our kids and perfume for me.

I’d ragged Anand about how I preferred taking baths to “using perfume to…


This Indian woman is willing to work incredibly hard, for free.

Screenshot of trainer who runs DreamFit_2020. Used with permission.

Here’s a link to Day Four of the 56-day program.

The 8-week Live Fat Loss Program starts at 6 am India time. Whatever your preferred time of day for the workout, I hope your time zone finds this live workout available to you at that exact time.

Initially, I wasn’t very enamored of Archana Singh Chouhan, the trainer in the…


Photo Story

Photo by the author

All photos by the author, taken on her trip to the vegetable market on Saturday evening.

The menu begins in the vegetable market.

During the ten days of the Durga Puja festival, people avoid eating meat, fish, or eggs. All the action shifts to the vegetable market.


Half-biscuit and full cream. Now, what does that have to do with squirrels?

Photo by the author

When I was a child of about ten, my mother, like any regular mother, would work, scold, instruct and nourish. Very rarely, she would laugh until the tears came into her eyes.

Yesterday, I chanced upon these crackers at a supermarket that opened last week.

Instead of the regular sandwiching…


When a “set” of five is incomplete

Photo by author.

Amazon India sells The Trials Of Apollo series as a five-book set.

There are five books in this set.

So what’s the problem?

The fifth book in this set, the thin one inside the slipcover my daughter is holding up, is a fake.


So, Ev, what’s next after the Medium Writers’ Challenge? We start writing for Medium t-shirts and socks, like the one you sent Roz?

Picture by Harsh Pandey on Unsplash.

I had a Gen Z kid in my clinic today for his dental work.

The kid was wearing socks that said “Cutting Chai.”

Cutting Chai refers to the practice of pouring a single measure of tea into two cups, to save on the bill. Two cups allow two friends to…


Small mercies

Between 1996 and 2021, I’ve had four surgeries and more ultrasounds and MRIs than I care to count. Cancer screening is a big thing, kiddo! Photos and collage by and of author.

Keith Dias in this soulful story tells us how he takes his kids to McDonalds’ for breakfast while his wife has her bi-annual MRI. With the specter of the Big C looming, MRIs are dreary things to have to have. …


Spending a $50 gift card from a sweet cousin in the US who felt he owed me something for a Rakhee I sent him.

What’s a Rakhee?

The rakhee I bought and mailed to the US, on my cousin’s wrist. Photo provided by my cousin.

A rakhee is a sacred thread tied on a special day in August. It is sent by a sister to her brother to protect him from evil. Rakhee is also called Raksha Bandhan: the secure thread of protection. …


Lucky me, I get to see this lady LIVE!

My personal trainer, Archana Singh Chouhan who runs the Dreamfit_2020 channel on YouTube. Photo shared by trainer and used with permission.

I have a bunch of health problems, due to which I’ve tried and failed prescription medication for my multiple endocrine issues. What works is regular exercise. However, regular exercise is hard to keep up with when you have health issues!

So today, I gave up and paid a deposit to…

Tooth Truth Roopa Vikesh

3xTop Writer. Jamshedpur, India. Dentist, mom of 2 girls, lives in a joint family, in love with the written word.

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