Understanding life through a cook book

Julie and Julia (2009) On a cloudy Sunday morning, I woke up thinking about going to one of Hong Kong’s famous wet markets to purchase a few vegetables for the week. Living in South East Asia for more than two years now, has made me a fan of vegetables like bok choy (白菜) leeks (大葱大蒜),…

Living with a cancer afflicted parent — A Series — Part 43

Being a woman. Being single. Being Indian. Personal image. Shot in Hong Kong. “So how was your trip to Singapore?”, asked the attending nurse to me as she prepared to administer the weekly round of chemo to my Dad. “It went well actually. I managed to finish the work and meet some friends too,” I replied….

Lady Bird

Image credit — LadyBird Images/Google If you haven’t watched Lady Bird, you shouldn’t read this blog. If you have watched it and cried, you should read this. If you watched and didn’t cry, then you should definitely read it. If there is beauty in growing up, then Greta Gerwig has done an excellent job in portraying that…

Living with a cancer afflicted parent — A Series — Part 42

Anger management Image credit — Google Images/apexcounselling.org “They’re ruined!,” Dad muttered as he rushed to turn off the gas stove in the kitchen. The pressure cooker on top of it was steaming noiselessly. I quickly placed the cooker under a tap of water to cool it down, and opened the lid. The sweet potatoes were floating inside…

Living with a cancer afflicted parent — A Series — Part 41

Spending time with yourself Image credit — Google Images It was a sunny morning. As I walked through the house searching for Dad, I found him seated at one bright corner in our garden. Phone in his lap, the newspaper in his hands, deeply engrossed in some part of the national headline, he barely looked at me as…

Living with a cancer afflicted parent — A Series — Part 40

Not sweating the small stuff Image credit — Google images “I just saw my first grey hair. I’m getting old :(“, was my cousin’s text last evening. “We all are. Relax,” I replied. “Hmm.” “I noticed permanent lines on my forehead today. There’s nothing that I can do about them, except for botox maybe, haha!,” I added. Another hmm…

Living with a cancer afflicted parent — A Series — Part 39

Speaking to doctors Image credit — Google Images/CDC I lightly tapped at my bag, observing the hills from the window of the doctor’s room. Dad was seated next to me, quiet without any expression on his face. My brother was standing behind, holding the latest MRI scans. As the doctor finished his task at hand, he began…

Living with a cancer afflicted parent — A Series — Part 37

Being in the survival mode Image credit — Google Images The sun was unusually warm for this time of the season, and Dad was resting on a small bed in the verandah waving off the flies. The flowers were finally blooming, and he was aiming at getting a few good photos of the new batch. Constant coughing distracted…

Living with a cancer afflicted parent — A Series — Part 36

Lending a helping hand Image credit — Google Images/NPR Patting Dad’s back, the doctor smiled and said, “I thought you’d be coming in a wheelchair, but if you’ve driven all the way on your own, then visit me again next month with your reports.” Dad folded both his hands, thanked him for his good wishes, and we…

Living with a cancer afflicted parent — A Series — Part 35

Accepting the difficult winter nights Image credit — Google Images The deadpan winter nights shiver at the sight of our life. The heaters around cannot warm the relationships they surround. As a minute stretches into an hour, so does the willingness to talk, once more. The corridor is silent, but the kitchen buzzes with activity. The cooker whistles,…