Familiar Stories

1. Swayamprabha's Storyboard

2. Muraad Musings

3. Srirangam Roots

4. Waltair Chronicles

5. Bombay Boys & Girls

6. Calcutta's Prince of Chowringhee

7. Triplicane Travails

8. Delhi Paati & Other Stories

9. Lord Sinha, The Jewish Jezebel & Pethajee

10. Calicut's Cleopatra

11. Bangalore's Vasudhaiva Kutumbam

12. Govinda Kutty Menon a.k.a Gopi Satva Prasad a.k.a Dadajee

13. Govinda Kutty Menon

14. Mysore & The Days of Yore

15. Q for Quetta, Q for Queen

16. Tales of Anglo India

17. Around The World & Other Stories

18. Nepotism & The Matriarch

19. Jaggi's Jottings - Tales of The Agraharam

20. The Dressing Table and other stories

21. Grandfather's gifts

22. Cousins play house house

23. Nandidurg Extension Stories

24. Bangalore to Bangarpet

25. Aunty Dotes

The wicked Aunts

26. Reaching Kochi & Bosbigs Lodge

27. Pemblasheri Ramunni Menon & Thalli Temple

28. Puthukudi Ramunni Nair and Unchakandi Valluvasheri Narayaniamma

29. Black Magic, Karnavans and Karyasthans

30.  The Bank of Travancore Crash

31. Matriarch's village

32. From Archaka to Entrepreneur

33. Nasty games with nasty toys

34. MGMJ and The Iron Butterfly

35. Vagus Nerves of Steel - My Mother and Grandmother would have been fabulous doctors

36. 3 stellar sisters

37. Sara Cohen and Taha - A sweet story from Jew Town Kochi

38. Che ches and the Family

39. Gosh and Magu

40. Genghis Khan Kokax Clan and the Deadly Daughters-in-law

41. Gopi and Ragu Menon - brothers-in-arms

42. I hate Bangalore Banger Brothers - A Hotel room in Bengaluru

43. Bar Mitzwahs and Bath Mitzwahs in S-New York

44. 1 naught 1

45. V R Family Entertainment

46. Confidence in our family

47. Madura Coates cupboards and Standard 2000s KGB (Koramangala Girls and Boys)

48. Indian Railways to Hindustan Aeronautics to BEML - An icon named KPV Menon - no one came close to his honesty, ethics, integrity and leadership styles

49. Our family played a part in building this city, continues playing a part.  Jaggi and me, try and build it on rock n roll and all that jazz

50. Relatives who made good but really did no good on both sides of the family

51. Bhakta Prahalada and his cheating uncle

52. Deep sea diving and Captain SN Bayanker's legacy in a diary

53. An App company in Gujarat - Tales of The Amazon and Money what a drag

54. "Your father never gave you anything but grief" - how my father gave me everything

52. Leela's lace and Nambisan's ghee

53. The Matriarch of Nileshwar

54. Her Majesty's Pharisee scientist and a suicide in a Parsi dharamshala

55. Shivajinagar, Russel Market, Gujli, Cockburn Road, Rickshaw puller's parties and St. Mary's Feast

56. Bangalore School, Socials and Fetes, a wall in Cash Pharmacy

57. A Java, a job promise, a math tutor, his dancer daughter and political connections

58. Hotel Ashok

59. Bands, stars, politicians, people

60. Jayamahal Palace, Dad's Pals, Vets, Whisky, Mansion House, Old Monks and XXXs

61. Plus an heiress and Radio Gaga

62. A visit to Pallipuram - Ways to the heart

63. Old School Principles

64. Shifu, Oogway and Andy Panda

65. Yogi bear and Kung Fu Panda

66.  Bhadrakali and the third eye

67. The third eye and Kotiyaevan

68. Bhagawati and Kotiyadevan

69. Ekalavya and Karna

70. Akkamahadevi the Skyclad Spirit

71. Agape or the Love of God

72. Peace is always better than war, Love is always better than hate, contentment is always better than discontentment

73. Swayamwarams in the family

74. Jill and the Beanstalk

75. A village near the matriarch's village

76. Textiles and taste

77. Family design

78. Interiors and exteriors

79. Borderline schizms

80. Mummy the kutty papa politician

81. Gajju, Sondh,i Suraj, Karthik and Mukund

82. Ghost in the silver oak

83. My beautiful extension babysitters

84. Map and Carnatic tutor

85. A gem of a teacher

86. Nehru's personal pilot

87. The doe eyed Carnatic singer and Satyabala

88 My favorite grandaunt's. and the youngest matriarch's Lakshmi and Sulochana both nicknamed "baby"

89. One majestic Thamburan

90. Maths teacher, saree selector married to our favourite uncle and granduncle





UNITED we stand and the rest is history, let it not repeat itself.




Dad's  first baby conceived on a farm in Vepagunta, Andhra Pradesh.  The house was built by my grandparents using  bricks from a brick making machine built by my grandfather and his dear friend Alf D'lima along with workers. Farm grown produce including sweet corn, planting of trees including soapnut or kunkudikaya trees, drumstick or moringa, mango trees, guava trees, jackfruit trees, courtesy my grandmother, assisted by farm hand Demadoo who looked after the dogs Sheba. Taurus and Tiya came later.  Baby J running after chickens and older sister Mana, a baby herself snooping in rooms that smelt of Gamaxine, poking her nose in two pink cupboards that housed some of her grandmother's treasures, nothing short of the treasures of Sierra Madre.  Her grandfather had nicknamed her CIA and his code would be STOP TALKING CIA IS LISTENING.  Mana (what J used to call his older sister because he couldn't pronounce her name).  A stream with tons of rose apples and cashew trees grew beyond the barbed wire fence back of the farm.  The house was a two story with basic electricity and water facilities, a lovely balcony on top where the bedrooms were and an Irish priest regularly visited.  Downstairs was a living and dining and kitchen.  The first Indian language I picked up was Telugu and then English from our neighbour Bernard Rosario, a an Anglo Indian bachelor, retired from the Vizhag Port.  He lived on a equally large farm growing flowers and fruits rearing sheep, goats, chicken.  We had cows that gave us milk on our farm and chicken for eggs.  Bernie Rosario had a fisherwoman named Lacchi (ironically the name is Lakshmi, named after the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity).  Lacchis were also night soil workers, sweepers, fish mongers or the lowest form of work you can think of.  But our Lacchi was the lucky one.  We all treated her like gold.  She was covered with tatoos, wore every kind of body piercing, smoked 'chuttas' and drank toddy, had a vocabulary to make a sailor blush.  Though I;ve forgotten telugu, I remember every profanity she taught me.  Had even shared her paan and got my burnt with chunnamb and my first smacks from my father and mother.  Dad spent too much time in the village with the tribals, drinking toddy, smoking cigarettes and also had maxed the tribal gambling dens.  He always used to bring back extra vegetables for mom to cook after his sojourns.  It did get him into lot of trouble with mom who had to singlehandedly look after two babies but Bernie Rosario or Bernie Babu as he was referred to had a home full of books, most gorgeous collection we had ever encountered from fairy tales to encyclopedias.  We were never short of entertainment, education or home healing tips from the workers and our erudite neighbour.  This is my first memory and dad's baby Blue Marlin Enterprises.  La,la,la life goes on and as Paul sang Obladi Oblada Life goes on.

1. Rebellas EX WHY

2. Vibgyor...Rainbow Stories from our beloved city

3. Blood and Gore in Bangalore

4. Andhra Merrytime Services

Andhra Marrytime Services

I Will Be What I Will To Be

5. Rubies and Companies - The Case of The Missing Emerald Ruby White Gold Cartier Clip on, Ghandaberunda pattern, a pawn shop in Bangalore

6. Blue Jenes

7. Cafe Jazz Joustings

8. Whitefield Jazz

9. Bangalore Alliances Dalliances Romances Speed Dating Queen

10. Skillet Pan - Cooking up stories

11. Diamonds, Rifles & Naxalite Nicktophobia

12. Gypping and inheritance

13. PB clan - Illustrious ancestors 

14. Ancestor worship

15. Dismembered 

Family members Cutout

16. Hunting grounds Exploits of a Colonial Past

17. God Bless America in Bengaluru

18. Anthems of Change

19. Vande Mataram - songs of home

20. The typist, the dictator, the dictaphone and other addictions

21. Two peas in a podcast

22. The dancing drama queen

23. Fearful in Oratory or Pratiwadi Bhayankaram

24. Don't Right me off

25. Left handed complement

26. Arms and the woman

27. Love all

28. I'll hit you with my best shot

29. Music of The sacred heart

30. Names and other callings

31. A horribly naughty girl grows up, grows fat and grows out, but never outgrows Bangalore. 

32. BFFF - Bangalore Family Friends Frenemies

33. Yella Maadonna Maradonna

Material Girls and Boys

34. Thin, quiet and intense observations by playing dumb

35. Wannabe saint Soldiers of God

36. K&S Mekhri Twinnings and a haunted house in Benson Town

37. Sister Leone and the stylish baby

38. Gopi and Usha's book club

39. Jakes The Rattlesnake The Clown The Thoroughbred Our Family Three Ring Circus

40. Blood Sugar Baby All The World's a Stage

41. Stand Up Comedy Stand Up Tragedy

42. Acharyas and Co Pickle Preservation

43. Suroopakam Kuroopakam Duroopakam - How to remain well preserved like a pickle

44. Playgiarism

45. Dog's Day and Cats Fight

46. Co Shees & Co Hees

47. Put your hands in the air and give me all your money. Ma Baker's Cake Icing and Bakery

48. Collectors Calling

49. Raya - The Royal Bread

50. BenthaKaalaOoru to Beer Ooru

51. Whining and Dining

52. Haha Maadi My Pop's a Cop

53. The stick insects fall in love

54. Musical tales and railway days

55. Drive-in restaurant, drive-in theatre

56. Dingare Dingare Meenakshi, Sepoy Anne, Haadu Santhoshakke, Bobilli Raja, Kadalanakkare Ponore and Yaadon Ki Barat and so many songs we grew up with

57. City and Cantt fusion

58. MPress of Unblandings

59. Turmeric Yellow, Ruskin Bond, Sweet Bernadette, 2 Teas and One Casabianca, also my Granddaddy's nic named after the poem.  Our sister S, our brother Dinesh Ali Akbar Khan, a famous Gharana, Aman Ki Asha and the Oud he gifted Jaggi

60.  Burjor and Khorshed Lord, Mum, Grandmom, Jaggi and me on the trip of a lifetime to Egypt and Cyprus, Jaggi's Oud obsession and the Lords of the Golden Age of Hindi Cinema

61. Siberia, a group of scientists and a mother's grave stone in Russia.  Bonny Dawson, Jimy Bunyon and the antique cello

62.  Kamala's silver spoons, thalis and teasets, winnings of a bridge playing home maker

63. Dolls from around the world, my Michiko's and Mini hahas and how my grandmother taught me geography

64. Clare De Lune, Sakura, a doll named Lisa and other gifts, buffalo soldiers, Russian girlfriends, Michael Jackson and Farewell My Summer Love and Theme song from Arthur

65. The Three Musketeers of Koramangala and friends and family elope

66. Adam and Mako and a trailer ride to Mangalore

67. Seema Rani and Badi Sayani

68. Jyoti 81/6 and Jyotinivas

69. Vepagunta the house my Grandparents built from scratch, a neighbour called Bernie Rosario Lacchi and Demadu from Burma

70. Piggy banks doggy tails discount sails Cashmir to Bangalore an IOU notes

71. Anna & Keith and my Inner Circle crush. 

72. Dornahalli and the patron Saint of lost articles

73. Oh Carol dad's worth McGuires, Giddens, O Grady's, and Stations of The Cross and a statue of Our Lady

74. St.Jude Thaddeus, a French Celestine connection, the Holy Ghost and Casper the Friendly Ghost.

75. Nepal and her beauty

76. A missing bottle of Glenfiddich and grandma's Mexican skillet pan and other nicking and pickings.

77. Guru Nanak and The Grove. And a Painter

78. The pianist and painter, also a poet, the physicist and artist. The cultural anthropologist, twins and and Maya and a bunch of lovely folk.

79. Two back-to-back North Malabar feasts

80. Dad's free advice. Who will play the piper and the Pied Piper of Hamlin

81. MAJJa maadi family reunions

82. Happy and his Housie

83. Tell your brother Chris


1. Our Mother and The Tree of Life - A plant students gave her, a tree now outside our window.

2. The Centre of Our Universe

3. Best Zen Master awards to J&J

4. Best swimmer and deep sea diver award to A

5. Lekhak student of the year

6. Under performance and the student - i had Wonderful Teachers.  You see I jus wanted to sing and nobody would buy that

7. Life coach award goes to G "Mum simply called him that lovingly "Mr. Gopinath" when she was really fed up of his shenanigans.  Out Together Dancing Cheek to Cheek is their song

8. To every ONE I say "Thank You for The Music" and Our Patron Saint Cecilia whose Feast Day Mom shares.


His homes were named Srinivasa in Waltair Uplands where a massive commercial building stands.  The topmost section has family photographs in black and white taken without my permission and used to decorate the pub.  His other home in Koramangala Bangalore was named Shree 612, 80ft Road Koramangala.  Now in its place stands YES Bank and something called the Attic.  Behind there's a coconut tree my grandmother planted.  We sold the place for a song thanks to restless Uncle who couldn't have cared less about our inheritance.  1000sft of the plot was not even taken into account when the property was sold.  My grandmother really wanted to maximise profits whereas my grandfather wanted out of that terribly crowded locality.  He had an accident and his morning walk on Vishu Day, was in a coma for 10days and passed on peacefully.  We were there for him but couldn't have his funeral because the the low lying are that Koramangala is and our sunken living room, a home designed by Jaisim the famous architect who often said "we should allow the elements to come in to our homes", I wonder if his home is constructed to let every sort of element in. 

Straight from the hospital on the way to the crematorium, in the back of the Maruti van, where I sat, I heard my aunt discuss the division of my grandfather's property.  It's after that my grandmother and me began to co-invest.  They still owe us a lot of money.  By the way, dad's family property in Calicut is a Mall.  There's a car showroom and it was bought by people with a surname Pai. We used some of that money to do up our home in Whitefield.  Some of it was spent on snorkelling in Elba, Italy.  Now for the two home movie memories - Mum in her resplendent red saree, blushing furiously as dad with his toothy smile whispered sweet nothings in her ear.  When it came to my naming ceremony, Dad wanted to name me after his girlfriend.  I might have had a thousand names.  My brother's named after tennis star Jaideep Mukherjee though my maternal grandmother wanted to name him Dhiran Vasudevan after his paternal grandfather Vasudevan.  The second home movie memory is after I was born, the first time I saw the ocean in Vizhag at the age of 1 wearing a blue bikini with Mickey and Minnie Mouse motifs which my grandparents had got for their first grandchild from USA.  The video has me running towards the ocean really fast and my father an ace sprinter, boxer, swimmer, flight sergeant, driver of trucks at the age of 6 running to catch me before I drown.  I am still a hopeless swimmer.  I can just about stay afloat, but I possess a fool's confidence and no fear because I know somewhere on Earth and in Heaven someOne is watching over me.