Mulligatawny

Dusk is a very special time for me and the Urdu word “Udaasi” comes to mind as it best describes the mood I associate with dusk.  A literal meaning of Udaasi is melancholy or sadness; however, in the Sikh’s Guru Granth Sahib it also denotes a contemplative state of mind. As another crisp Fall day comes …

Memories

It was late afternoon here in Canada when I received a call from a very dear friend “A”, who is currently visiting family in India.  “What are you doing up at this hour?  Its well past midnight, is it not?” I inquired.  “Yes, it is late.  I just got back to the flat after dinner …

Changing seasons

“It’s raining it’s pouring, the old man is snoring Went to bed and he bumped his head And couldn’t get up in the morning.” Trust me, some mornings I do want to behave like that old man Jose Feliciano sang about.  Waking up early in the morning when the overnight temperature has dropped below the …

Spring nostalgia

“Bahaaron ko chaman yaad aa gaya hai Mujhe woh gulbadan yaad aa gaya hai! Lachakati shaakh ne jab sar uthaaya Kisi ka baankapan yaad aa gaya hai! Mile woh ajanabi ban kar to 'Rifat' Zamaane ka chalan yaad aa gaya hai!” – Rifat Sultan [(Just as) the spring (season) has remembered (and returned to) the …