Nothing Like A Sister.

“My brother Ramana Rajgopaul can be described with both these words!😎🥰”

The comment and the image was posted on Facebook by my one and only sister who comes up with some astonishing posts there.

This must be one of the most astonishing as, it is true and teaches her brother another word to describe himself.

My Sister The Author.



My sister Padmini Natarajan is a story-teller, poet, columnist, blogger, editor and journalist contributing to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites. She has specialized as a Culinary Editor and explored the lives and kitchens of the Tanjore and Palghat Brahmins and contributed content and edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. She won the Gourmand Special Jury Award in Paris in 2009 as co-author of Classic Tamil Brahmin Cuisine. She has been a teacher and worked in the field of Education in various capacities.

Her other passion was acting on Tamil and English stage and in Indian cinema, ads and TV. She is a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff, a music maniac who listens to Golden Oldies and has a strong Facebook presence. Nowadays she is an armchair activist and world traveller from the safety of her home. She is exploring spiritual enlightenment through Vedanta. Her blog site is


She has just added another feather to her cap by publishing CROSSROADS a collection of  stories from South India.

Can you sense how proud of my sister I am?


Raksha Bandhan.

Today is Raksha Bandhan.

I have two sisters. One a direct sibling and one a Rakhi sister. The later, not a natural sibling but one who has made me a brother to her by the symbolic tying of the rakhi. This symbolic relationship is as strong as the natural one and often stronger.

My Rakhi sister lives in Lucknow and took sufficient pains to courier me a rakhi to reach me on time. I received it yesterday and with due ceremony and prayers I tied it around my wrist today.  I will send a link of this post to her to assure her that I have tied it on.

2013-08-20 19.36.18My natural sister rang me up this morning from the other end of the country’s South, Chennai to wish me and to take my assurance that her gift gets added to my earlier IOUs on the same account.  I shall settle accounts when we meet next.

Thank heavens for sisters.