Viara Wodeyar

Today I’d like to introduce you to the protagonist of my book Viara Wodeyar. A feisty, beautiful and congenial royal. Also a figment of my imagination. Here’s an excerpt from the book that captures her beginning. Just like the book, she is a work in progress. ***** Deft, svelte, and sharp Viara Wodeyar graduated with… Read More Viara Wodeyar

Kolkata 2.0

And here I am again visiting the first capital of the British India empire, twelve years later. A lot seemed to have happened to me and then of course to Calcutta. The city that remained the capital till 1911 when the British shifted the Capital to Delhi and roughly 100 years later changed its name… Read More Kolkata 2.0

The Kind Diet

Being vegan or rather turning vegan occurred to me when I watched a documentary film titled, “Forks over Knives”, who’s basic premise was eating plants and plant-based and hence using a fork wins over eating meat which primarily requires knives. The film was so darn engrossing and informative that being vegan made total sense to… Read More The Kind Diet

Shillong 3.0

“Veda loves Shillong so much, she’s come here for the third time,” said Ibynta. “Ibyn I love you not Shillong so much, that I’ve come here for the third time,” said Veda. And thus even though I abhor going to the same place twice, just like lightening does not strike the same place twice, yeah… Read More Shillong 3.0

Cheering on charity

Parineet Wakhru could still hear the stadium cheers long after the match. The joy of winning was one thing but the sounds of cheers absolutely another thing. Football was in his heart long before he became a prodigy. Winning India a place at the FIFA was not on his agenda but it just happened. The… Read More Cheering on charity

Fairy faith

Tobias skipped over two stones and splashed his feet in the stream of water hopping on a leg before breaking into a complete sprint. A dashing 5-year old, he had all the energy on his life running through his veins. A very happy-go-lucky affable child, he loved being in the great outdoors as they call… Read More Fairy faith


The story of Padmavati, the Queen of Chittor is very popular. Not only because she outwitted the beastly emperor Alauddin Khilji, but also because she committed Sati, an act of self-immolation to protect oneself from imminent brutality from the enemy. While it may seem difficult to end one’s life and it sure takes courage, at… Read More Fort-Itude