Letter : A plea for a humane society

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There are many horrifying incidents of cruelty to animals.
I want to talk about the incidents that happen within housing societies.
And I want you to think about how they de-sensitise people to the pain of living beings in general. And how this impacts society.
This post also has a few tips on how societies can get strays to leave, without cruelty. And what people can do to help, as well as what they shouldn’t do.

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Occupational Therapy

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If you’re feeling bored and have nothing to do,

Just pray for someone to leave some shares to you!

You’ll have forms to fill and submit to the bank,

Affidavits, attested copies & hopefully a signature mismatch! Continue reading Occupational Therapy

Comfort Food and Writing

A home that’s relaxed needs organisation and routine,

Things bought in advance, and no last minute cooking.

But there’s just one thing that used to cause me stress,

Paperwork and clearing my inbox, something I’d rather attend to a lot less.

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The Piano Practise’r’s

Some piano students are able to practise regularly without much effort, while others struggle. Long term piano students who do well in piano lessons often excel in their studies. And some even have time for other hobbies.

This poem explores two important factors that give long term piano students their ability to do so much.

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DIY : Plastic free garbage bags from newspaper

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Newspaper garbage bags – each made with 3 or 4 layers of newspaper

I tried kitchen waste composting at home for a year and gave up, when I realised my time composting was better spent changing our purchasing patterns so we buy grocery items loose, without plastic. This is a little effort, because dry fruits, grains, fruit and vegetable of a good quality often aren’t available at the same store. But it’s been worth it, as it’s cut our plastic waste quite a bit.

We started to dispose of our kitchen waste in home made garbage bags made out of newspaper. It’s really easy, convenient, and smell-free.

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Piano practise tips to help me with annual income tax woes

An exception to the rule

I’m generally not prone to feelings of sadness. Looking back, I realise that I have tended to stumble upon coping mechanisms at times of loss or when life gets difficult. Having someone to lean on, and someone to learn from has been a tremendous help. Daily meditation helps me look at things from a different perspective, so that the ordinary growing pains that accompany change don’t scare me like they did before. Not for long, at least.

But there’s one annual exercise that is the exception to this rule – the annual filing of our income tax returns. I usually do this during a non-teaching week, because I get really stressed with it. My husband just has to take one look at me, and he know’s that it’s ‘that’ time of the year.

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This phase of sadness usually lasts four days each year. I pull out papers – not a lot – this is the easy part. Then, I bravely open my email – which is so full of spam, advertisements, and constant reminders, that I can’t find any mails I really need. And that when panic hits!

You’ll know I’m having a bad day if you see me at the local coffee shop with my never fail solution, that helps me through this stressful time each year. Chocolate cake and hot cup of chai! Continue reading Piano practise tips to help me with annual income tax woes

A visit to Dr Google

Friends told us that ┬ámoving to Kharghar cuts routine visits to the doctor! I didn’t really believe this when I heard about it, but it’s true!


We visit the doctor once a year,

When we’re not feeling too good.┬áJust to be sure all is clear.

The doctor tells us to have some tests,

But we decide to try lifestyle changes, and a little rest.

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