This morning, music woke up the people here. Deep, husky voice with bare minimum instruments. It was soothing.

It reminded The Purple Frog of the days when grandfather used to sing his one, almost trademarked, prayer, a cappella, early morning every day. Waking up to that sound was a ritual in summer vacations.


Nobody in the entire clan would have a recording of that sound and voice. Those are the balms The Purple Frog keeps talking about. Lol. Although regular recordings were prevalent when music systems were called tape recorders.


Candid Voice Recordings with typical & peculiar styles of people you love. Their dialects and sounds. Everything so typical about them that only you know what it means to hear it. Also, like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, it would be ideal to have a Grandparents’ Day too.

And no, apart from ShraadhShraadh is an Indian ritual for paying homage to the departed.)

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What’s on your menu?

If you were to think of ten filling meal dishes that you can make as effortlessly as you pour juice in a glass, what would they be?


You cannot add ready-to-eat gravies or noodles etc to this list. However, you can include all-day breakfast kinda items to the list…

So if you do not have ten meal-worthy dishes to this list,

You need to go back to the years when you were loading that bread with butter & jam till someone arrived to give you a hearty home prepped meal. Because that’s what The Purple Frog thinks is the most basic to human existence.

Effortless basic cooking, cleaning & styling with the focus on the word effortless – effortless and as mundane as taking a shower, so that the real things do not get sidelined…

This is a tried and tested experiment here at The Purple Frog. Years of observation has gone into concluding this. The best part is that you can start this whenever you realise this. Jab Jaago, Tabhi Savera….

How to achieve this? Steps…

  • Be willing to take care of yourself and your tongue’s pleasures. Kindness to not bind someone to take care of your tongue and tummy in the name of love/duty.
  • Make a list of items you love to eat.
  • Now digest the fact that they are so cumbersome to make. How the hell can this be done daily by ME?
  • After that, imagine the face of the person who has been doing it for years for you, in the name of love/duty. Draw inspiration.
  • Now introspection – do I really want to eat this anymore – kinda question may occur to you. It is okay. Just re-do the list.
  • Final list. Practice and eat for at least six months.
  • Final result. Basics will remain basics and self-care will be as easy (and sometimes fun) as taking a shower.
  • Even Better: It will all be more fun with someone since it takes Two to Tango…

Thing This Week

An all-day breakfast item from one of the top-ten lists here at The Purple Frog.

Sooji (Semolina) upma with tangy tomato chutney (south-Indian style)

The Purple Frog | Sooji Upma meal with tomato chutney

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To Each, His Own

Years back,

While hopping over magazines and articles, The Purple Frog read a cover story in the TIME magazine. It was about American youngsters in their late twenties and how they were nothing like what they should be like.

And the story concluded that the early or mid-thirties is the new age bracket for becoming independent and doing all things considered grown-up etc.

Well, that’s America that has the Statue of Liberty so they candidly wrote an account and tried understanding the phenomenon.

Many nations of the world use terms like Peter Pan Syndrome. Some often choose the outcast way of doing things as their ancestors have been doing.

However, when The Purple Frog found itself in a similar situation, it was thankful for the knowledge that it is not the first time. So far it has beautifully handled the attacks from the so-called/self-proclaimed mature, responsible, grown-up population too.

At the same time, it understands that there is no debate here.

Having seen different material lives in this industrially-revolutionised world, some of us are going to be more easy-going than the others or vice-versa.

So how to allow for a candid co-existence

How to move ahead when you find yourself stuck in a situation of having easily found the basic comforts with little or no desire to really accumulate more wealth because, at the end of the day, there is just so much you need.

Well, personal experience says, horizontal growth.

And that’s what a generation of very well-raised (often termed as brats) can give back to this world.

So what to do with that excess time and energy since amassing objects doesn’t take you anywhere rather close to disillusionment.

The Purple Frog thinks

The engineers can stick to engineering and not be afraid of those who only like to manage. Creative colleges and fields can share more how-tos. Lastly, instead of watching the game of others in the name of entertainment, we try to keep ourselves entertained with some physical action of our own.


The Make Shop is The Purple Frog’s way of going about things horizontally. And while it is doing so, it is thinking, did Edward De Bono mean this when he wrote Lateral Thinking.

Like a late bloomer, it never understood what that book was yelling to get some attention!


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