Thinking about the color pink

She’s right. Political parties have taken over orange and green in India and blue and red in America. Why should we give up pink as well?

I think the association of pink for girls is a marketing ploy.

Maybe a smart soap maker put a floral fragrance in a pink soap and presented it as the genteel lady’s beauty soap?

It worked because people bought it.

Then pink became cloying and uber-feminine because people love telling women what to do and what…


When do you walk your fastest?

Photo by author. Amul Tutti-Frutti icecream and some mangoes for dessert.

Want to try your fastest walking speeds? Buy some icecream.

There are four speeds at which I walk.

One is a leisurely stroll, for when I am walking while talking on the phone.

One is a medium speed, for going from one place to another.

One is a fast speed, for when I walk to sweat. Sometimes, an unexpected drizzle will make me speed up, too*.

Yet, what makes me walk fastest is when I am carrying a brick of ice cream home from the Amul shop. …


Drink deep into theology, or leave it entirely alone and fail the exams instead?

Photo by Andre Hunter on Unsplash

India has different school boards, some with a religious undertone, while some are stiffly secular

I’m Hindu. I went to a Christian missionary school in Chittaranjan, India, with nuns for principal and teachers up to the third grade, after which I started to study at government-run schools.

The Government-run schools are secular to a fault

The government-run schools are secular — with gritted teeth. They have three songs, one of which we would sing each day in assembly, which refer to God as the Owner, or The One Up There and Him, evading any arguments — which could lead to riots — about why children were being brainwashed about religion in school.

The Christian missionary schools take “English as a medium of instruction” very seriously — even the drills have English songs.

As a contrast, my daughter’s Christian missionary school’s physical training teacher…


A childhood memory, to rile anybody who’s done this as a kid, and to intrigue everyone else into trying the super easy recipe

Photo by author.

All you need is sago(tapioca pearls), water, salt, cumin, and sunlight.

The recipe’s simple. Cook the sago in water and salt till it is translucent, and let it cool. Keep stirring so that it doesn’t clump.

Then add a pinch of cumin, fried in a spoonful of ghee till it sputters. Add this to the cooling sago.

Before the sago cools completely, pour it out onto plastic sheets for drying, like this:


The doha Jackie seems to have read

Photo by Gabriella Clare Marino On Unsplash.

Kabir Das, the poet, said:

If you have a bad son, why save money for him?
If you have a good son, why save money for him?

During an awards ceremony in Beijing in April 2011, Jackie Chan stated that he would be donating half his money to charity when he dies, instead of to his son. Jackie explained, “If he is capable, he can make his own money. If he is not, then he will just be wasting my money.”

It sounded just like the couplet we read in school. …


A library book and YouTubers

Photo by author. Jockey and Adidas athleisure clothing, in which she will do neither play nor relax.

Is it still athleisure if all you’re going to do, after wearing it, is to study?

Jockey’s named this line of clothes, “Play and Relax.”

My daughter looked at it and raised an eyebrow, as she tugged her headphones on for a Mathematics class.

Her Xerox copy of the Hall and Knight book is a relic of the old days. Nowadays, all she prefers is a .pdf. The Hall and Knight deserves an article of its own, just for the way in which it is written.

It has paragraphs like this.

We have already, in Art. 8, called attention to…


இறுதியாக மின்சக்தி பரிமாற்ற / விநியோக அமைப்புடன் இணைக்கப்படாத, சூரிய சக்தியில் இயங்கும், எங்கள் வீட்டைக்கட்டி முடித்தோம்.

30 வருடமாக கண்ட கனா கடைசியில் நிஜமாகி திருப்திப்படுத்தியது.

English original by Rebecca Romanelli and हिंदी also available! Let’s hope this story takes wings and sees India harnessing the power of the sun. If cloudy Seattle can do it, India certainly can.

Rebecca Romanelli எழுதிய பயனுள்ள கட்டுரை, ‘இறுதியாக மின்சக்தி பரிமாற்ற / விநியோக அமைப்புடன் இணைக்கப்படாத, சூரிய சக்தியில் இயங்கும், எஙகள் வீட்டைக்கட்டி முடித்தோம்’. ஆரவாரமான சொற்களில், கடினமான வார்த்தைகளில் எழுதப்பட்டது. நம் இந்திய வானிலும் கதிரவன் ஒரு இதயத்துடிப்பிற்குள் பேட்டரிகளை ரீசார்ஜ் செய்வதைக்காணவேண்டும் என்ற ஆவலால் உந்தப்பட்டு இந்தக்கட்டுரையை இந்தியிலும் (இணைப்பு) நீங்கள் படித்துக்கொண்டிருக்கும் தமிழிலும் மொழிபெயர்க்கிறேன்.

Rebecca Romanelli

தென்மேற்கை நோக்கிய wrap-around முற்றம். — photo by Dmitri

சியேட்டல், வாஷிங்டன் மாநிலத்தில் சூரிய சக்தி வீடு கட்டுவோரின் முதல் அலையில் என் கணவரும் நானும் இருந்தோம். மின் பரிமாற்ற /…


What does a posh grocery shop in India look like? First off: it doesn’t sell eggs. Or cakes with egg in them. The shopkeepers are vegetarian.

This is a ration store in Jamshedpur, India. Most stores in India have a man behind the counter, and he hands you the goods. This shop, however, mimicked the progressive design of the supermarket in the nineties, long before the Big Bazaars and Spencers’ Retail revolution hit India.

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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