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About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!


If you take a room of people and asked them who their worst enemy is, the first reply would be “In-laws”!! The second choice would be “Boss”! Most people begin to think of marriage by envisaging their partner first and … Continue reading

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The Boy He sat on the steps. One by one, they called out. “Bye!” “See you tomorrow!” “Don’t forget to bring my stuff”…the voices floated as they went their way. He looked straight ahead. His eyes were searching for the … Continue reading

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I first apologise for may tardiness. I have been busy busy busy stocking up and washing my hands, and washing my hands and washing my hands. I love emoticons…I love the Namasthe and the Om and both of these are … Continue reading

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When life confronts us with disappointments, we can transform them into His/Her-appointments Suja woke up with a start. It was as if somebody had called out to her. It was still dark outside and far away the Muezzin was calling … Continue reading

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Seven-and-half Saturn Spell

Confused, bemused and bewildered…  Saturn is a much maligned planet and his negative effects in a person’s life is legendary.  There are three 7 1/2 year spells in a lifetime of the rule of Sani or Saturn in everybody’s horoscope. … Continue reading

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Change of outfits and accessories is an important activity in a woman’s daily life. A look at personalities and their Change of Habit!! Continue reading

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“I wish parents asked their kids what they would like to be called?” she said and took a sip of her black coffee. I was sitting opposite her, admiring the way she was spiffily dressed, her tinted, straightened hair tamed … Continue reading

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