There is this monster that afflicts most women in their 40s. If it has not done anything to you, count your blessings every single day. After popping out two kids and suffering a lifetime of periods, I thought I could take on anything that life tosses at me. Well, I was SO wrong! As soon Read More →

Aha! I got your attention, didn’t I? 🙂 In January 2021, after struggling through months of doing all household chores during 2020, I finally took the plunge. I decided to hire a cook. In India having a hired cook is pretty common. But, I had been cooking all family meals for 20 years. It had Read More →

Mother’s Day just went by. It wasn’t even a day when we were kids. I remember my olden son was born on Mother’s Day weekend in the US. The nurse there told me when I was in labor, and I cared nothing for it. I mean, here I was suffering labor pains because the stupid Read More →

Welcome Shalini Baisiwala, my guest blogger today. I haven’t met Shalini as yet but have interacted with her regularly over many years. We have connected and shared conversations about food, recipes, travel, nature and environment. She is a passionate advocate for green living and an avid bookreader and traveler. An interior designer by profession, writing Read More →

social media

The year is winding to a close, and one does tend to take stock of life in general. No this is not a roundup post. I thought of writing one but then I decided against it. Just sharing a few reflections instead. The other day I was talking to an acquaintance. She loves to talk Read More →

what's in a name

Most of us like our names and I certainly do. I am grateful that my parents called me creation (Rachna). Many Hindu names have lovely meaning till Indian parents of my generation got lured into naming their kids Ahana, Arahan and what not. But when it comes to my husband, his Punjabi father went the Read More →

It’s not that time of the year without all of us being in a hectic mode. Navratris are on and while I don’t do anything special during Navratri, I do cook a lot of festive food. In my home, everyone is a foodie. So, since kids started their holidays from Saturday, I have been cooking Read More →

wistful musings

The other day, I stood in my tiny lawn looking up at the avocado tree. It has managed to stay put and grounded in such a narrow space. The trunk lengthening and going to obscene heights so that it can get its share of sunlight. The leaves, they renew completely every year, and the tree Read More →

blog anniversary

Today is the 9th Anniversary of Rachna says. The blog that transformed my life in a way and made me indulge in my passion of words. I also launched two more blogs: cooking and fitness blog, Rachna cooks and travel blog, Rachna’s Travel Tales subsequently. Last year, I had hosted a giveaway and gave some Read More →