Nitali and Nihir are getting ready for school. They are feeling ebullient since it is the last day of school and time for their summer vacation. They have plans for their vacation: eat, play, read, color and travel. They spot Khiskoli playing in the vrksa. Khiskoli has a plan too. It is Khiskoli’s first summer by … Continue reading Khiskoli’s adventures: First summer alone
It was a lazy sunday afternoon, Nitali and Nihir had just had their favorite meal of Dal Dhokli. They went to the room to nap with their Ba and Bapu. As with other Sundays, Nitali put her head on her dad’s right arm and Nihir on the left arm. Nihir asks Bapu “Would you tell … Continue reading Of donkey and men
Home made Pasta in Indian lentil soup / or Dal Dhokli in Gujarati This is a Gujarati one pot meal with home made whole wheat noodles and lentils [toovar or pigeon pea in our home] and a delicate balance of sweet with jaggery, spicy with red chillis and sour with lemon and hard and soft with peanuts … Continue reading Pasta in lentil soup aka Dal Dhokli
It is the most beautiful sounds, raindrops on the rooftops, making music. Looking out, I see drops of water on the window and a steady pouring of rain from the heavens above, like little jewels dropping on the dry, parched lawn, kissing it, gently caressing it. I smell wet earth, rich brown earth, most sweet … Continue reading Rainy Day Gluten free Bhajia a.k.a Fritters.
Nitali wakes up to a geet a.k.a song playing in their home, and scent of incense entering her room. Nitali rubs her eyes open, runs to Nihir’s room saying ” Wake up Nihir….It is Raksha Bandhan ( a.k.a bond of protection/care). ….” Nihir hardly moves, he is fast asleep. Nitali rushes to the bathroom to get … Continue reading Rakshabandhan a.k.a Badev
Once upon a time, in Nitali and Nihir’s backyard lived a squirrel family. Both the kids were watching the antics of the squirrel while eating their breakfast of theplas. The squirrels are eating a breakfast of acorns and worms. After breakfast, the squirrel pups went off to play pakda pakdi [tag] and santa kukadi [hide and seek] … Continue reading Khiskoli’s adventures: The wind chimes
Ba and Bapu are looking to re do the blinds in the home and one of the rooms, the reading room, faces the swimming pool and the sun as it sets in the West. It is hot for 8 hours and they are thinking of getting motorized blinds for it. Ba is also looking for … Continue reading Creating shade