Midas Touch

April is the cruellest month…’, says T.S.Eliot, but when we were children April was the merriest of the months! In Kerala schools usually close on the 31st of March and the two month-long Summer vacation was a time to rejoice! Holidays at Anakkara had a special charm. Each day was filled with fun, new adventuresContinue reading “Midas Touch”

A drop fell on the mango tree-another on the roof…

‘Horses sweat, men perspire and women merely glow’, goes the saying. Lady Phnom Penh is exhausted from glowing. Today she glistened with raindrops for a short while. A very brief respite from the suffocating heat! The smell of cool air and wet earth is refreshing. Sincerely wish this’s the start of the much awaited, longContinue reading “A drop fell on the mango tree-another on the roof…”

Thou hast thy music too…

Mercury levels are shooting up with the arrival of March in Phnom Penh. Heat has become unbearable. It’s mid March now and wonder what April has in store! March brings a myriad memories of school days; end of the academic year, annual exams, long awaited summer vacation, meeting cousins, family reunions, hot afternoons, juicy mangoes,Continue reading “Thou hast thy music too…”

Season of bright skies and mango blossoms!

  The air is laden with the sweet fragrance of mango blossoms. It’s February once again! Cambodia is a place blessed with mango trees in abundance. Almost every house has one tree in the courtyard. We have a tree in front of our house which proudly bore more than a hundred fruits last year; golden,Continue reading “Season of bright skies and mango blossoms!”

Blessed are you, the spirits of Cambodia!

Wat Svay Pope, Phnom Penh Cambodia has more in store to surprise me. This time  structures that I fell in love with are the eye-catching stupas inside the Buddhist pagodas. I was quite impressed to know what they are. A graveyard inside a place of worship?! During one of the trips to the provinces, anContinue reading “Blessed are you, the spirits of Cambodia!”

Saga Of A Curry-leaf Plant

Ye birds of the sky!! Thou do not soweth, but thou sure do reapeth! ‘O troupe of little vagrants of the trees! Sweet little villains, full of innocence!’ They fill my days with excitement and surprises! These little house sparrows! Getting accustomed to the new surroundings in Phnom Penh, seemingly dull and mundane in theContinue reading “Saga Of A Curry-leaf Plant”

Mount Chisor or Suryparvata

Mount Chisor was a package of surprises! It took us less than an hour to reach there from Phnom Penh. Standing at the foot of the hill, I was a little apprehensive when I heard  that 400 steps are waiting  ahead of us to reach the top! It was a tiring uphill climb, yet thereContinue reading “Mount Chisor or Suryparvata”

Spirit houses in Cambodia

The bright and gilded miniature houses on pillars caught my attention, once we came to live in Cambodia. I was quite bemused to see these little temple like structures, in front of houses, shops, office buildings, hotels and so on. These beautiful, ornate structures fascinated me for days and made me curious. Initially I thoughtContinue reading “Spirit houses in Cambodia”