Growing up in a small village in the Southern Indian state of Kerala, I had many staycations as a child and enjoyed them. The days involved going from my village to Palakkad town with my family, eating at a Chinese restaurant (Chop Suey was our favourite order), watching a movie in the theatre (with pop corn), buying treats from a local bakery and heading back home before sunset.

This festive season, I had a staycation. I stayed home (in Vancouver) with my elderly mother. To celebrate Christmas and the new year, we went out for lunch at a Chinese restaurant (we ordered Chop Suey), watched a movie in the theatre (with popcorn :-), bought treats and came back home. In the midst of watching Pitch Perfect 3, my mother shared she really liked Rebel Wilson. So did I!

The gift of time, is the best gift to give, the best gift to receive.



Daily Prompt: Age

I just read Norimitsu Onishi’s article in The New York Times (Nov 30, 2017) titled, A Generation in Japan Faces a Lonely Death. The article is about Japan’s lonely deaths and one of the harsh realities of a rapidly aging society. This article was part of a series that explored, “how we die and what it tells us about how we live.” How we die…how we live…

In the last 100 days, I have met many youth and I can think of three who are under 30 (I am 50) with whom I have become good friends. Our conversations span generations and enrich each other’s perspectives. We talk about life, death, love, politics, food, travel, bitcoins, superfoods and so much more. It makes us feel alive and ageless…I have realized that age is one of the most unimportant factors in having meaningful relationships. For me, age is all about how I feel at heart and how I choose to live…