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Third week of March

In my school days, the Indian academic session began in june and ended in april. March was the month of orals and inspection. This meant a revision of the final exam syllabus. It also meant ensuring all your books have been checked, are covered and in good condition. There were many of us who would change covers towards the end of the year. After this week none of us would lend our books as the final exams would start in April. This was the time to prepare the schedules, list out the weak areas, discuss with teachers and be ready to study for the exams.

The tension was more on the parents than the students which is the case even today. Recently I heard two mothers speaking in my neighbourhood. One was telling the other that their children really need to be fit now as the exams are approaching. Also the neighbourhood becomes quiet as the kids are studying. Even so many years after school, I can feel the exam approaching everytime the third week of march ends.

Taste that reminds of home

The challenge is one thing that I cannot cook without. I would say its salt. I cannot imagine any dish (other than sweets), which can be cooked without salt. There are 4 other things that I cannot cook without. They are:

– Turmeric
– Ginger
– garlic
– Coriander powder

These things provide the much needed flavour to any dish. Infact about salt it is said that life should have some amount of salt in it.

I cannot have excess of anything. Although I have a sweet tooth, I need my share of spice as well. The presence of salt enhances the effect all the vegetables and brings the much needed flavour. Turmeric gives the color to the dishes. These things are always used by my mother while cooking. Therefore their presence gives a homely touch to the food. The combination of the above ingredients gives an aroma that makes one really feel hungry at the end of the day. Therefore I can’t cook without the above things.

Wheels to feet


We often pick up our vehicle keys or hire a cab whenever we need to go out for something. Recently I found that walking to the stores/malls for groceries is a good option. It reduces the boredom of walking daily. Also it helps me complete my chores. Also walking along the road allows me to observe my surroundings. Walking is a great exercise but when you do it with a purpose, it becomes interesting. To make it more interesting change the purpose daily like going for groceries, newspaper, paying bills, etc. I wish if we all walked with a purpose, the pollution on weekends would go down to drastic levels. Also our fitness levels would increase. As a child, I used to love accompanying my mother for her weekly chores. These walks used to be really interesting as we used to meet many people on the way. Also it used to allow us to chat with each other thus easing out the generation gap. It doesn’t take much to move from wheels to feet, does it? Guess what walking definitely helps in improving relationships.