Category Archives: Life is like that only

COVID-19 Vaccination: A Paean to the Public Health System

The first dose After cogitating about vaccines – which vaccine, where vaccine, when vaccine, what time vaccine, free/paid vaccine, what-about Cowin: whether register, whether schedule – for some days after vaccination was opened up on March 1, 2021 to the general public … Continue reading

Posted in Life is like that only, Science, Society | 2 Comments

Cats!!!

Cats long have been part of my mother’s household, but only in the past 30 or so years of her life, after my father moved to Madras on retirement. It is mostly the case that she and/or various household help … Continue reading

Posted in Life is like that only | Leave a comment

Cleaning up, bit by bit

This morning, not able to stand the rubbish on the beach at Besant Nagar, Chennai, I found a large plastic bag and started picking plastic trash along the shore. After a bit (the bag was full and heavy enough for … Continue reading

Posted in Life is like that only, People, Society | Leave a comment

Discovering India in Delhi

Finally, three months later than planned, I set off for a bit of shopping, target: Bihar emporium (Ambapali) to buy Bhagalpuri silk. Get off the metro, out via gate 7, pass a group of “Asian Ambassadors of Peace” (or some … Continue reading

Posted in Dilli o Dilli, Food, Life is like that only, People | Leave a comment

Pressure cookers, spare parts, and disappearing life-styles

A recent consequence of the now monotonous routine of place-pot-on-gas-forget-char was a blown pressure cooker valve, which meant even greater chances of place-pot-of-dal-on-gas-forget-char-OR-watch-it-not-boil-over-AND-not-cook. So, finally being done with exam duties,  I set off on my quest to get back a functioning pressure … Continue reading

Posted in Dilli o Dilli, Life is like that only, People, Society | Leave a comment

Cashless? Where?*

Kamla Nagar 12 Feb 2017 Take auto — cash (certainly no machine) Have haircut — cash (no swiping machine for small sums, anyway) Buy chappals — cash (machine repair ko gaya hai ji) Buy some dal-chaval type stuff in a small … Continue reading

Posted in Life is like that only, Society | Leave a comment

My digital classless (oops, cashless) society

This is how my digital society looks today: 1. I go to Himalaya to stock up on some small necessities (shampoo, lotion, soap…), ensure that they will take my card, yes of course, the sales person swipes my card, rings up the … Continue reading

Posted in Life is like that only, Society | Leave a comment

Annoyances–here today, gone tomorrow OR, more MAYA

On that first day after a relaxing winter vacation, as I strode unsuspectingly to class, I almost ran into it. A construction that suddenly loomed on (or is that IN) my way to work. We used to have (mobile) cars parked … Continue reading

Posted in Life is like that only, Society | Leave a comment

Income Tax Blues

Two letters from the IT office. Don’t dare open them. Finally do, in the presence of sister and cousin after getting to Chennai (well, the letters came just before I left to go there). AAAARRGGHHH I owe them moneys?!! Quite a … Continue reading

Posted in Life is like that only, People, Red Tape aka Governance | Leave a comment

Lawlessness

It is overtaking all aspects of life. This one got me all het up this morning. The pavement area outside the Vishva Vidyalaya metro station. Like

Posted in Life is like that only, Society | Leave a comment