Potatoes&Molasses: A Guide to the Unknown

My blog Potatoes&Molasses takes a peek at the ordinary yet unknown challenges of life. The inspiration for the name came from the American Television miniseries ‘Over the Garden Wall.’ The mini-series revolves around two lead characters, Writ, an adolescent boy, and Gregory, his little step- brother. The adventure of the two brothers begins when the…

‘The Water Babies’: Some Thoughts

The Water Babies’ are sad creatures of the sea. They are the souls of all the dead children who died at a very young age because their kindheartedness was not reciprocated by their caregivers. The negligence of their caregivers eventually became the reason for their deaths…

Crazy Online Debacles ( Part 2 )

Potatoes&Molasses’ post ‘Crazy Online Debacles 2’ is an appreciation post dedicated to all the ‘little gadget addicts’ of the elementary school who were not only impressive in applying their digital knowledge during the online session but they also patiently guided their dumbfounded teachers and parents.

      Crazy OnIine Debacles (Part 1)

My past few months were spent in juggling digital apps, crazily checking submissions and balancing home and school life. As a result, I haven’t been able to do justice to my blog ‘Potatoes&Molasses’. However (*drum roll*) after months of disappearance I am finally here and fortunately I am in a mood to write, share and…

The COVID CROW – A MYTHOLOGY IN THE MAKING

Written by: Potatoes&Molasses Prologue The COVID Crow is neither like totem crow of the ancient times, who was the sign of glad tidings or a big change in the future, nor is it from Norse Mythology- the harbinger- which could guide people in the Afterlife. It is a new highly evolved creature of the dark….

Definitely a MUST-READ on International Women’s Day

On Women’s Day 2020, PotatoesandMolasses is sharing some famous quotes from ‘The Penguin Sisterhood Collection’. The collection of six books is the work of six famous women writers, writing in the late 19th century to the early 20th century. The collection includes: Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, A Little Princess, Heidi, The Railway Children &…

Fausto and the Sea

*Based on the book “The Fate of Fausto” painted and written by Oliver Jeffers. Published by Harper Collins. Published in 2019. Today, Potatoes and Molasses intends to explore the story of Fausto’s doom in the book “The Fate of Fausto”. The fable begins with Fausto’s belief in owning everything around him. “There was once a…

The Ever Resilient Weather Girls

*A write-up based on book ‘The Weather Girls’ written and illustrated by Aki. Published by Pan Macmillan. Published on March 2018. Aki in ‘The Weather Girls’ uses nature as a backdrop to reflect a woman’s fortitude and resilience.Her weather girls by courageously facing the changing seasons become a progressive presence in the book. We hop…

The Sema within “The Parrot and the Merchant”

* A recount based on Rumi’s fable “The Parrot and the Merchant”.  Retold by Marjan Vafaian and Pipa Goodhart.  Illustrations by Marjan Vafaian. Published in 2017. The recount “The Parrot and the Merchant” can be read as a Sema Ceremony. The reader finds himself watching a grand performance about to unravel. In the beginning, the…

Today’s Diagnosis: Melancholia

This diagnosis is based on Micheal Rosen’s ” Sad Book” illustrated by Quentin Blake. Published in 2004. Before discussing the different shades of melancholia I just want to enlighten the readers that both adults and children are a victim to this ailment. The “Sad Book” addresses all age groups. It is in fact a rendition…