Diaries


While most of India worship Goddess Lakshmi during Diwali, communities from the North East worship her divine contrast, Goddess Kali. If you consider Goddess Lakshmi as the opulent full moon, Goddess Kali is the regenerative new moon. We attended the vibrant Bengali Kali Puja celebration under a new moon for a second […]

Baby’s First Kali Puja


Santa, known as Father Christmas in my family, is a jolly man who every Christmas Eve travels around the world on a sledge pulled by flying reindeer delivering presents to good children while they sleep. He comes down the chimney leaves behind all sorts of wonderful gifts. It’s coming up to baby’s […]

To Santa, or Not to Santa?



‘Tis the season to eat plums in India, and they are delicious. Fruit and vegetables are seasonal here, unlike in England where you can get the majority of things throughout the year. Eating seasonal is great, it’s something to look forward to and fruit and vegetables always taste better during their […]

Recipe: Christmas Plum Cake (Eggless & Steamed)


Diyas Candle Lit Diwali
Not only was it baby’s first Diwali, it was my mum and youngest sister’s too! I was really excited for my English family to experience the Indian festival of light, but I was equally as nervous about how the noise and smoke pollution would affect my little one. We followed precautions and […]

Baby’s First Diwali



  I need to start this by saying how proud I am of my little chap. It was a bit daunting, inviting so many people to a party for a baby, everyone expecting to meet the new member of the family, how would he react? Would he be scared? Would […]

Baby’s Naming Ceremony




“Will your baby speak Marathi, or just English?”, she said as she looked at me, almost disapprovingly. As if my influence would be shielding my son from speaking the local language. I had to suppress my urge to turn defensive and simply smile and say, “both”. I didn’t even know who this woman was. Why […]

Which Language Will Your Baby Speak?


Just when I thought the 8th of November could shock no more, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, announced something that left the subcontinent speechless. In four hours, at the stroke of midnight, Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes (86% of the cash in circulation!!) would be void. I must have spent […]

When Rs 500 & Rs 1000 Notes Are Void



Want to know more about intercultural relationships? This is my complete, compact A-Z guide, the pros and the cons of falling in love with someone outside of your community, country or colour.   Acceptance The first obstacle you may have to overcome is that your family, and maybe even some of […]

A-Z of Intercultural Relationships (Pros & Cons)


Navratri celebrates sacred feminine energy, shakti, over nine divine nights. As it was baby’s first Navratri, I wanted to make it special. On the first night, hundreds of idols of Goddess Durga are welcomed into pandals across the city. A pandal is a temporary tent style temple, built with bamboo and fabric. These nine nights […]

Baby’s First Navratri