Allegra – it is a female name of Italian origin meaning joyful, happy, lively. Well that’s what the internet told me. But to me Allegra is special… Continue reading “Allegra”



While everyone (well, everyone interested in tennis) has their eyes glued to the television sets watching the spectacular tennis tournament that is The Championships Wimbledon, I get the inspiration for my next article. I am listening to McEnroe’s commentary on the Roger Federer-Grigor Dimitrov match and researching on the scoring system. Most people would wonder why tennis has a scoring system where you go 0-15-30-40-Game instead of perhaps 0-15-30-45-Game. The latter surely sounds more sensible. Continue reading “Love-15-30-40-Game!”


Michhami Dukkadam

Michhami Dukkadam – a phrase used by Jains to apologise to all creatures. It is a phrase that means “I apologise to you for having offended you knowingly or unknowingly, in thought or deed.” On the last day of Paryushan, called Samvatsari, after pratikraman (means introspection in Sanskrit to my knowledge), Jains greet everyone they know with the phrase ‘Michhami Dukkadam’ asking for forgiveness and apologising for all they may have done wrong knowingly or unknowingly. My best friend, K, happens to be a Jain and she taught me this phrase. And she greets me with a Michhami Dukkadam every year on Samvatsari. And I greet her back with the same humble feeling. But today I want to apologise to someone else. Continue reading “Michhami Dukkadam”