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Divine Encounters

Urmila was running late. She needed to complete the cooking within 10 minutes and start packing the lunch boxes. One for her father in law, one for her brother in law and another for her husband. But the cooker was too obstinate and refused to open. Her mother in law Padma usually was the one who cooked everyday. Urmila usually helped her cut vegetables and her daily...

sundara Varadaraja perumal

Sundara Varadaraja perumal temple, Uthiramerur

Sometimes temple trips are a breeze to plan and some other times, we keep planning and the D day never arrives. One such temple trip, which my husband and I had been planning for ages, fructified recently: Our Trip to Uthiramerur, a historical town near Chengelpet! At 7 am, we arrived at the Sundara Varadaraja Perumal temple, a site we had recently learned about...

The Red Diary-Part 2

The lines at the two cash counters were getting longer. Srivalli noticed this from her desk in her room. Sumangala Foods was getting a lot of attention via Instagram and there was a sudden increase in footfalls lately. Geetha and Visalakshi, busy billing at super speed, were really efficient at handling crowds but Srivalli felt she should not keep shoppers waiting...

The Red Diary

“Hmmm. Where is it? Did I leave the investment file in my office desk…” pondered Kumar, while he emptied the drawer contents on to the floor. Old cassettes, CDs, Srivallis recipe books and a red 1984 diary were all strewn on the floor. There it was…the file. Was stuck way at the bottom. “Phew. Got it at last” thought Kumar. While...

Kandhakottam. Kandaswami Temple, George Town, Chennai

Parrys in Chennai is a business/commercial area and it’s a painful process to actually find a parking slot on any of the roads. But since it was a Sunday and it was just dawn, we decided to take a drive in our car to Rattan Bazaar.  Google takes you there without any hitches.  What luck! The parking slots near M.A Ethirajulu Naidu Stores near Kandha Kottam/Kandaswamy...

Dosai Chronicles

Dosai. The popular tiffin item can become a King of the kitchen in its myriad avataars like Ghee roast, Mysore Masala dosai or cheese dosai for the AI savvy kids in the household or can transform into a quick fix “make do” meal with Molaga podi as accompaniment when there is nothing worthwhile except some week old batter in the fridge. Dosai, was the topic for this...

A Fossil Expedition and Capers in a Cave

The 12 seater van was speeding past GST road and the music was blaring from Valanteena’s phone, our designated DJ for the day, via the Bluetooth. The girls were all on their feet and dancing away. After several songs, UNO games and Charades we arrived at The National Wood Fossil Park, Thiruvakkarai. The place is about 15 kms from Mailam and about 28 kms from...

The Divine Manuscripts

As dusk approached, the marketplace surrounding the Chidambaram Nataraja temple bustled with activity. “The discourse will start promptly after sunset… hurry up!” urged Alli, tugging at her 10-year-old son, Muthu. His mind wandered to his playmates who were perhaps enjoying a lively game of “sadugudu” along the banks of the Vellaru river...

From Snatch to Salvation: A Twist of Fate

“If I walk a little faster, I think I should be able to reach the Pharmacy within 10 minutes”, thought Ramasubbu and increased his pace a bit. His knees protested, and he decided to ignore the pleading creak of his painful knees. “Let me check with the Insurance company lady once again. Maybe after that, I can fix the appointment with the doctor for my knee...