villa maya in trivandrum

Hands down, without a doubt, my favorite restaurant in Trivandrum is Villa Maya. It's now a predictable ritual in our family: any time we're in town, we finish our visit with a stop here. 

It's gorgeously situated in an old converted mansion that once housed the Travancore king's royal consorts. And it's easy to understand why. It feels like the sort of place one might go to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. It stands as an oasis in the middle of the city - shielded from the noise and pollution 

We usually prefer to sit in the garden (even though the interior is beautiful too). There are private little cabanas surrounded by pools of cool water making it an ideal place to whittle away a few hours. I always feel like I'm on vacation here.

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Even Noah loves it. He's old enough now that the ponds are fascinating to him. Especially when the fish swim up to see if he's got food to offer.

The food is great too! We gobbled down our steaks and appetizers before I had a chance to photograph them, but I resisted temptation long enough to snap a picture of our Chocolate Rum Loaf. Delicious! I'd say the only downside is that there is no alcohol served here. We're not big drinkers, but it would be nice to enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine while enjoying the athmosphere.


what it means to be a woman

Have you seen this monologue from Kalki Koechlin in honor of Women’s Day? I love that she’s speaking out on behalf of the voiceless many. In case you missed it, here’s her poignant and satirical take on rape.

PS: I love that she's French-Indian... just like Noah!

lunch date

How lucky am I that I get to enjoy lunch across the table from this handsome fellow?

travelling (alone) with a baby

Over the Christmas break, Noah and I flew back to the US. Kris joined us later so it was just the two of us. I have to admit (and, no, I'm not crazy!), it was a great experience. With some careful preparation, it wasn't nearly as stressful as I had anticipated - on the contrary, it was kind of fun. Here are a few of my tips for easy travelling:

* I've mentioned it before, but this sling is basically the best thing ever!

beach baby

Have I ever told you that it took Noah a whole six weeks to enjoy baths? Basically, I'd have to give him really quick dips in the beginning during which he'd cry and cry... Well, since then, it seems like he's making up for lost time. He looooves water. Bath, pool, ocean - and even showers!

Here we are in Goa. I loved seeing him discover the beach. He was fascinated by the waves coming in and out. 

indian trains

Last week, we boarded a train for a 20-hour journey from Ahmedabad to Goa. We were traveling with our good friends which made the whole trip feel more like a crazy slumber party and little bit less like, well, what you might expect from Indian train travel. I can’t lie and tell you it’s my favorite mode of transportation… as much as I’m glad we did it, it’s safe to say that it might not be my first choice next time. We were in 2nd class AC which means we had assigned beds with curtains for privacy. I kept Noah snuggled in my arms for the entire night. He was little enough that we all just took turns holding him. I’m not sure I would be brave enough to do it again now that he wants to explore a little more independently!

Last week, we boarded a train for a 20-hour journey from Ahmedabad to Goa. We were traveling with our good friends which made the whole trip feel more like a crazy slumber party and little bit less like, well, what you might expect from Indian train travel. I can’t lie and tell you it’s my favorite mode of transportation… as much as I’m glad we did it, it’s safe to say that it might not be my first choice next time.

We were in 2nd class AC which means we had assigned beds with curtains for privacy. I kept Noah snuggled in my arms for the entire night. He was little enough that we all just took turns holding him. I’m not sure I would be brave enough to do it again now that he wants to explore a little more independently!