Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Dutch masterpieces from Rijksmuseum Netherlands by Arun Shanbhag

This gem is a must see for every art lover visiting The Netherlands. And plan to spend an entire day here.


Keukenhof Gardens: Tulips Overdose

pic of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens Lisse Netherlands by Arun Shanbhag

When we were planning a trip to The Netherlands, I was thinking of immersing myself at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, while M was dreaming of the tulips, i.e. the Keukenhof gardens in Lisse, a quick bus ride from Schiphol Airport. Of course we did both, and much more. It was a bright, cool day in […]


We are doing well

Netherlands Keukenhoff Manashi Meera Picture of Cherry Blossoms in Netherlands

Cherry Blossoms in Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, Netherlands. We are doing well and currently in Manipal India


Thanksgiving In Boston

pictures of M & Meera at the Seaport Hotel Boston Thanksgiving Brunch by Arun Shanbhag

This year we chose to spend a quiet Thanksgiving enjoying a sumptuous and beautiful brunch at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. We started with the breakfast menu of warm croissants and smoked salmon, then crazed on argula salad and gigantic shrimp cocktail; delicious clam chowder, home made mashed potatoes, the bestest dry roasted brussel sprouts […]


Meera goes to the Mall

Meera trying out an outfit at Pantaloon in Phoenix Mall by Arun Shanbhag

Meera loves visiting the Phoenix Mall in Parel, Mumbai, particularly one of their stores which has a huge toy section. The Pantaloon store has a small but nice collection of Indian outfits for little girls. Reasonably priced too. Here Meera is trying one on before we bought it.


Meera with Amma

Thank you M for the best years of my life! Happy Anniversary! If you are in the mood for a Meera-thon: Meera in the Park … in Boston Meera in Green Meera as Shakuntala Short Video: Meera Enjoying Limbu Soda Short Video: Meera at Marine Drive Meera at the Kala Ghoda Festival Meera is Two […]


Meera Sleeping

This tiny girl amazes me! She’s got me completely wrapped around her little finger – twice over. She only has to coo and I start babbling baby talk like a blithering blidiot. I love it! When she is a sleep, I gaze at her. What is she dreaming? Is she happy? I wonder at this […]


Mother’s Day

Sculpture at the start of the Western Express Highway, Mumbai Somewhere in our Sanatan Dharma (Hindu) scriptures I had read that the birth of a child awakens “matrudharma” – or motherhood in a woman. Then, they were only words in a book. Now, how amazingly and beautifully I see the transformation in M. It is […]


Meera’s Bath

pics of Meera's bath by Arun Shanbhag

Meera’s day starts with a tael malish (oil massage) by Suvarna maushi. We routinely use Dabur’s Lal Tael, for the massage, but have also made our own by infusing a red bark (ratanjyot) in coconut oil. For about an hour, while Suvarna maushi cleans the rest of the house, Meera waddles around, impervious to her […]


Meera in Red!

Meera Wishes you all, A Beautiful Valentine’s Day! Dress stitched by one of our aunts! The banner was made by one of Meera’s cousins. Here, she’s checking; she can actually reach and play with the banner and, … no one is screaming for her to stop!


Meera turns One

pics of Meera's first birthday by Arun Shanbhag

One of our friends casually asked the other day. “Do you have any pics of Meera?” Then added as an after thought, “of course she is going to be the most photographed girl on this planet.” I was shocked.


New Year Greetings 2009

from the Boston Public Garden Happy New Year! Wishing you all, A Blessedly Beautiful New Year! Peace, Health and Prosperity! (what else do we really want? … ok, good food!) M&A Our Other New Year greetings: New Year 2013: Meera at Play in Boston New Year Greetings 2008 New Year Greetings 2007 New Year Greetings […]


New Year Greetings 2008 – Alaska Glaciers

(click on image for a larger version) Wishing You, Your families, and Future Generations the Magnificent Joy of Nature’s Bounty Enjoy it to the Fullest! Leave it behind for the others! Have a Wonderful New Year Take care of the environment! M&A


Shanbhag Fastfood

During one of our trips through Karnataka, we visited Hampi to see the ancient city of Vijayanagar. What a fascinating city! Under a UNESCO mandate, extensive restorations are ongoing. The temples are awe inspiring! But for M, the best part of the trip was our stay in the nearby town of Hospet. A busy, dusty […]


Oh Alaska!

I sure do like to keep folks guessing. When I posted my Innsbruck pics from an earlier holiday, we were already leaving for our vacation to Alaska. And what a holiday! BTW, Alaska is far! Even from here in Boston, it took us a whole day to get there and another to get back! But […]


Yoga and Vaastu Workshop

Over the weekend I attended a fabulously enriching workshop on Yoga and Vaastu at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA. It was taught by Sashikala Ananth a noted Vaastu practitioner from Chennai, India. She is also a yoga instructor trained under the legendary Krishnamacharya. Going into this workshop, I knew zilch about both, but by the end […]


Ugadi: A Hindu New Year

picture of M&A at the Massachusetts State house Arun Shanbhag

Celebrating Ugadi & Gudi Padva Wishing You All A Wonderful New Year Peace, Good Health and Success in the New Year! Meera, M & A Other Gudi Padva Greetings: Gudi at our Home 2014 Puran Poli for Gudi Padva Gudi Padva 2005


New Year Greetings 2007

Patscherkofel, Innsbruck, Austria Wishing You All A Peaceful and Enlightening New Year! M&A The Complete Travelogue from Austria: Visiting Innsbruck Innsbruck: Overpriced gizmos More from Innsbruck Street Food: Seafood in Salzburg Live well today Stefansdom Vienna Austria Vienna: Those pastries tempt Good bread is good for you Celebrating Mozart


Stefansdom, Vienna

Stefansdom (St Stephen's Cathedral), Vienna, Austria After many trips to Switzerland, this year we added Austria to our travel plans. Glad we did. The mountains are spectacular, though they don't sit as majestically as in Switzerland; their coffee and pastries were equally delectable and even a tiny village bakery offered the widest variety of healthy […]


Mesmerized by the Master, Pandit Jasraj

Pandit Jasraj in Cambridge A few weeks ago, we attended a concert by the maestro Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj! And what an evening! He started with a beautiful raga. Then, for the rest of the evening he mesmerized us with Krishna bhajans! In a live concert, he would take a four line bhajan and make […]


Idli Sambar: Its whats for brunch!

Idli Sambar: Its whats for brunch! Of late, I was craving idlis. First it was Lakshmi, who tormented us with her pati's excellent idli making skills. Then at the Konkani Sammelan we had idli sambar for breakfast, and I only got one serving! Considering the long lines, I felt guilty and did not go for […]