Essays


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, […]

Sweet and Sour

I slapped at a nagging mosquito. Mozzies? In broad daylight? “This is just ridiculous,” I muttered. “Well,” Frank said, consulting the compass again, “I think it’s to the south.” Zacarias shook his head. “No, no, to the southeast.” In truth, we were mystified. How was it possible a lake we’d visited during a giant otter […]