Desert Musings

“The heat was hot and the ground was dry But the air was full of sound” from “A Horse With No Name” by Dewey Bunnell From the very first time that I visited our Southwest, it became clear that the “barren” deserts were far from barren. Not unlike the areas of the eastern coastal plain […]

The Parsley Sandwich

Water hemlock is said to be poisonous, and as luck would have it there was some growing outside the door of the house I was staying in that summer. I went to the library to find out more about it, unsure of what I was looking for. Here is what I found: Water hemlock goes […]

The Empress of Flowers: Peony

“Had I but four square feet of ground at my disposal, I would plant a peony in the corner and proceed to worship.” –Alice Harding, The Book of the Peony, 1917 When my mother died a few years ago, I planted her ashes at the base of my peony plants. The peony was her favorite […]

A Tryst with Nature at Chilika Lake

Sometime back, when I travelled to Chilika Lake, a lagoon, I got a unique chance to educate children as well as experience nature, both of which I adore. It was a nature camp and I was sent there officially to educate the children about nature and its significance. It is always cool to teach children, […]