Author: Mona

  • A Tale of Two Kitties

    Six weeks back, we adopted two kittens when they were eleven weeks old. We had never thought of having indoor cats but one lesson I have learnt in life is never say never! Oscar, our outdoor cat who ran away after a traumatic incident, is not back and has no intention of coming back. He […]

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Sexuality and Gender Identity Terms

    June is Pride month and the LGBTQIA+ community celebrates in a number of different ways. We, as a society, need to raise awareness, remove stigma and offer support. There is no shame in being who we are. I feel that this group has been marginalized and often bullied, and that needs to change. Regardless of […]

  • Purrfect Oscar: The Story of a Cat who got lost and found

    Our beloved outdoor cat Oscar went missing on Dec 11 last year. After talking to neighbors we found out that he had got caught in a possum trap kept in a neighbor’s truck. Nobody knows how long he was in there till he was seen and let out by our neighbor. We are assuming it […]


    Growing up in India, I never dreamt in a million years that one day I would be living in America and working at the reference desk of a public library. Life unfolds in unexpected ways or maybe it was always destiny’s plan, but here I am, in the southeast, enjoying every minute of helping people […]

  • SWEET SIXTEEN ( original post date: December 2015)

    Growing up in India, I did not know that turning sixteen was a big deal. The only thing I remember about my sixteenth birthday is that it was my first birthday without my loving dad who passed away when I was fifteen. Last December, when my daughter turned sixteen, my first thought was, “Thank you, […]


    If you read the title of this blog and you are wondering who the second man in my life is, let your dirty mind not wander anymore, I do not have an illicit paramour! The two men in my life are my husband and my dad. As many of you know, my dad passed away […]

  • Sexist Jokes and Wife-Bashing Forwards in the Times of Coronavirus

    I have always found jokes which portray negative stereotypes of women a little bit irksome but lately the onslaught of these kind of forwards and a general social acceptance of this kind of humor infuriates me. I feel compelled to vent by writing a blog about it. Let me give you some examples in case […]

  • Reflections From The Reference Desk

    While deep in thought searching something up on my computer at the reference desk, I heard a voice say, “Angel!” Awaking from my reverie and collecting my senses, I asked the good looking man in front of me- “Are you looking for books on Angels?” “No, you look like an angel”, he replied. I really […]

  • Forty Five

      No, this blog is not about Donald Trump who many people call 45 as they do not wish to take his name! Its about the age I turned this June. I had been anticipating this birthday with some apprehension. Birthdays come and go and the milestones are always those which end in 0’s. People […]

  • She is Fat

                I reconnected online with a childhood friend of mine after a long time and after catching up on her life, I asked about her older brother. She told me that he is doing well and is married with kids. I asked, “Who did he marry? How is his wife?” She replied […]