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The Shapes of Joy

Surely the joy of a steamer basket arrangement of succulent and perfectly steamed dim sums is a nashta apotheosis quite unlike any other? Literally meaning ‘touch your heart’, and according another account ‘eat a little something’, dim sums draw from the Cantonese custom of tea and small eats that originated in the numerous teahouses that dotted the Silk Road.

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Posted by: The Hummer
1:16 PM at Gurgaon
Freedom Song

We’re 69 ...and still counting! Each year as August 15 draws near, the skies in my neighbourhood are festooned with kites flying gaily and quite a few trees in the bylanes turn into fierce kite-eaters, their branches snagging many a delicate rib and paper heart! Flying tiranga kites in skies that take on the clear blue of hopefulness, is the closest I have to come feeling like a free bird or as if I’m hoisting the tricolour... internalizing the free spirit of an Independent nation, as it were!

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Posted by: The Hummer
3:32 PM at Gurgaon
Indian August

Cha rahi kali ghata
Jiya mora lahraey hai
(The sight of clouds heavy with rain gathering in the sky gladdens my heart)

What’s a rainy day without paper boats to float on puddles, some tea-warmed loveliness and the unhurried languor of a Begum Akhtar song?

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Posted by: The Hummer
4:20 PM at Gurgaon
Eid Mubarak!

Eid Ka Mubarak Din Hai Zalim, aaoo Aaj gale lag jaye
Rasm e Duniya Bhi Hai, Mauqa Bhi Hai, Dastoor Bhi Hai!

(Come let us seize the chance and embrace on the occasion of Eid, for in this custom lies a beguiling opportunity!)

This time each year, I wait keenly for my iftari invites to fabulous feasts of piping hot nihari, divinely melded haleem, anar-studded biryani, tender kaleji with sheermal, bowlfuls of seviyan… to name just a few of the dizzying delicious delights!

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Posted by: The Hummer
1:10 PM at Gurgaon
Midsummer Musings

Manning up midsummer, I’ve come to realise, is a matter of reconciling the adventuring and tender sides of ourselves. For June is invariably the month we travel and June is also Father’s Day.

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Posted by: The Hummer
3:46 PM at Gurgaon
Whole Foods

‘I know something interesting is sure to happen, whenever I eat or drink anything…’

Alice, Lewis Carroll’s curious adventuress who always took pleasure in questions of eating and drinking, would have been hopping around like a happy, healthful bunny at the prospect of partaking of the creative food festivals across ITC this June.

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Posted by: The Hummer
2:10 PM at Gurgaon
Italy Calling

The relentless Indian summer has inspired in me the desire for a Roman holiday a la Princess Ann - gelato on the Spanish Steps, champagne in a sidewalk cafe in the shadow of the Pantheon and a wild Vespa ride.

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Posted by: The Hummer
3:25 PM at Gurgaon
Say It Like You Mean It

I remember the time when Mother’s Day celebrations had just caught on in India. ‘Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes,’ ammi remarked, quoting American political satirist P.J. O’Rourke and almost stopping the profusion of carnations and cards in the neighbourhood. Ammi proceeded to tell me about how Mother’s Day is grounded in faith, feminism and protest, and she did what mothers tend to do - nudge you towards a more thoughtful alternative.

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Posted by: The Hummer
3:30 PM at Gurgaon
Summer's Pleasures

The other night as I sat in pleasurable silence, watching the youngsters, each lost in their respective bowls of gelato, I had an inkling about what an ‘angels passing by’ moment truly is: silky silence shared between sated... no, gelato-d souls. (And, so not the lame gloss for an awkward silence at parties when people run out of things to say.) Almond-shaped eyes drowsy with sheer contentment, one of the kids amended the truism Snoopy had Charles M. Schulz pen about happiness and ice cream, to happiness is gelato goodness dissolving into your being.

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Posted by: The Hummer
4:02 PM at Gurgaon
Eggs, Buns and an Easter Bunny

Mention Easter to anyone, young or old, and you will most likely be asked about hot cross buns or chocolate eggs and a bunny.  This year, Easter extends the Spring season celebrations and as much as the symbols of Easter are unique to it, they’re actually representative of the season of spring!

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Posted by: The Hummer
3:54 PM at Gurgaon
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