Melrose – Just Peachy!

peach salsa

Peach + Heirloom Tomato Salsa Anytime I’m at a party and someone puts out a mango salsa, I am intrigued, I love mangoes, no surprise there, it’s a native fruit of India, but in a salsa? Umm, not so sure… Fruit in a salsa took some getting used to, and since I find mangoes too […]

Promises – A Poem


April is poetry month, let’s end the month’s last weekend with a promise for more. Spring has always been depicted in art as the season of hope, renewal, fecundity, joy and promises. Each season only reminds us that we’re a microcosm of that what’s unfolding on a much larger scale. Promises Six o’clock sun on […]

It’s Not Just Hair

Udaipur City Palace

“Papa, hurry up, we’ll be late!” I coaxed him along catching his eye in the mirror trying to rush him to his 80th birthday celebration. “Coming, coming.” Came an exasperated answer from my pant-less father battling his soft downy hair at the crown of his head. He had always looked impeccable, an old-world elegance he […]

Silence at the Audubon

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Audubon Society of Massachusetts.

The last few weeks have been hellacious as we read the news. To counteract that I tend to seek out solace in nature. A couple of weekends ago, I ended up at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, North of Boston. Those couple of hours just being, reassured me of our humanity, even though it may […]

Tabouli Salad

Tabouli salad mezze plate

I’m sure like for me, food is associated with memories and with the chatter of family and friends gathered around a table. I first had tabouli in 1995 when I arrived in Boston to attend grad school. Living with my sister, who’d migrated in the mid-80s had received the Moosewood Cookbook from an American friend […]

Framing the Truth

Monarch on a Marigold - Amateur Photographer Cover by D. K. Rathore

When I read a few weeks ago that the esteemed photojournalist Steve McCurry whose work has been seen in National Geographic for decades was caught enhancing his pictures with Photoshop; this seemed significant but I did not know how much outrage I should be feeling. Fundamentally it seemed wrong. Most everyone learns how to discern […]