Category Archives: small town life

When a song made me a kid again

This morning, I was exploring Indian classical music on YouTube, and stumbled on Bhimsen Joshi’s Majhe maher pandhari. It’s one of his famous devotional songs, though I’m not personally familiar with it. As I listened to the circular rhythm of … Continue reading

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Humble spinach curry

I tore a piece of chapati and dipped it into my bowl of spinach curry. The curry was unassuming, nothing to look at. Not like those thick, rich punjabi gravies that lustily titillate one’s senses and cause desires to ooze … Continue reading

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A wide space to roam

In Aurangabad, there is space. Open, wide, free-flowing space. I don’t have to stretch my eyes beyond tall buildings that scrape the sky to greet the life-giving sun. No, here, they are still squat, no more than 6 or 7 … Continue reading

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A little generosity, unexpectedly

The thing I’ve noticed about a place like Aurangabad is that, in some ways, it’s still a simple place, belonging to an older era, when people had time for each other and had big enough hearts that led them to … Continue reading

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Where mangoes are not just mangoes

It’s mango season! Mother Nature’s favorite child has arrived, and it’s time to celebrate. Rich, deep yellow skins glint under the loving sun, ripened to perfection under its indulgent watch. They sit in carefully formed heaps, releasing their distinctive sweet … Continue reading

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When we had to suffer the summer heat

The fan whirs above my head, insistent that it can dissipate the suffocating, tropical summer air. The blades rush after each other in the same circular trajectory. They are desperate to catch a random breeze that has accidentally flowed in … Continue reading

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The simple joys of life: cool water from clay pots

It’s summertime, and the intense brightness and heat of the tropical sun is getting unbearable. Waves of heat rise up everywhere, met by scorching, fiery rays beating down from the cloudless sky. I’m glad to be inside, and even more … Continue reading

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