The past five days we have been a cantata of sneezes: are we/ aren’t we with …corona- what ?! Headlines continue to scare with one kind of baddie or the other. The choice we have is to erase some new news for the memo of something good.

(Info on the Virus link here).

So, we decided it was the usual raw throat common cold with some amt. of fire in nasal chambers, Haha. Some of us recovered, two of us are out of bed, one of us had dizzy spells, another was pukey, two of us had a determined fever for three days, we all ate well. Mid purrs & sniffles, I remembered Thitha’s kashayam:

Kashayam is South Indian vernacular for a hot brew for when you have a cold! 😄

My recipe: 5 Ginger flakes in hot water+ 1 cinnamon flag, 1/2 lemon, pinch of pepper, teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and ofcourse honey. This thing has powers.

I add green tea to my own cup, also a sprig of mint leaf for that extra something. Its working wonders in the region of throat and around. My Doc sis has a steady supply of vitamins for us, but this Thitha’s brew is something!

Thitha is my husband’s mother. She lived 6 months after Pa passed on, Thitha looked like she could’ve been my own Ma. Pa said that when he first saw me.

They were pure South Indians, and so gracious, never interfering with anyone’s personal choices. After an early dinner they’d go up to their terrace garden. I loved them like my own, and they treated me as if they’d been waiting for me their entire lives. Have you met people like that? It’s not that I was fantastic but that they were generous and accommodating, saying nothing about anyone’s acid washed jeans, hairstyles or choice of music.

There was the time I caught a cold in our 4 am bus to the hills of Coorg, this restful hill station by the Konkan range. It can’t be just me colouring up details: this is a region, green rich with coffee estates, cinnamon, pepper, among mountain ferns and orchids. You don’t want to go there and waste time being ill.

When Ma gave me this Kashayam, horrific dark though it looked, I welcomed it. And still do.

Will it cure CoronaV? Nah, but it makes you feel better. It unclogs ears, shocks temples, smacks brain, and does things to yelling sinuses.

Back to human misbehaviour as compared to my perfect mother in law’s existence…

Recently in our newspapers one politician called the other Coronavirus!

I can think of a few people in my life who’d suit that title, but that’s not something I’m proud to confess… feeling that way about people. I’d rather behave like Thitha and Pa. Esp Thitha, her life was like a healing Spring, a Balm of Gilead. One vacation at their beautiful villa in the hills, there was a small fight between relatives, something too tiny to talk about, but it was hotting up. I went rushing in to find Ma Thitha, she was usually around the kitchen garden, plucking green mangoes to pickle, or scolding myna bird in her guava tree. But today Ma was calmly opening two cake boxes. “Serve cake,” she said as if she knew it could shut everyone’s mouths for something nice.

She was right!


Hey. Stay warm safe well and happy. This life was given to us, to cherish.

Practice Love” my Bible reads. Even the Holy Comforter knows what a tough call that is, especially with those outside our comfort zone. His words will always be my ultimate Balm, but am eternally grateful for the Gift of Thitha and people like her.

This above quote on Menu at a great Thai restaurant nearby.


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30 thoughts on “Coronavirus…?

  1. Thank you for sharing this heartwarming, encouraging account of Ma Thitha (and Pa), she was obviously a lovely woman filled with God’s love and wisdom. Perspective founded in love and wisdom has the power to set things right. I appreciate your gift with words, fitly strung together to bless and inspire the heart. Oh, and thanks for sharing Thitha’s Brew, I will definitely be adding it to my arsenal of healing aids. Blessings! ♥

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      1. A little bit of humour contributes to the healing process. =) As for a sore throat, consider a lozenge high in zinc, at least 20 mg of actual zinc that is; most cold lozenges have a few medical ingredients but zinc is the ass kicker, next to honey that is. Disclaimer: I am not a medical expert but speaking from personal experience.

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      2. Humor the best assistant to almost anything for sure! Zinc? Wow, that’s useful info, thank you for that. Its these basic things, I wish they’d teach in school instead of baptizing us in chemical formula most of us may never use. Thankyou for being here🌻

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    1. 🍃🌿☘a bunchv mint💚 … that’s put so well… thankyou for saying, Ma Thitha would never have guessed I’d write about any of her recipes oneday, though why ever not. She’s one of the best cooks ever, like my own Ma … though in a different way. My mother married a Tamilian, so her cooking had these many flavors. Must share sometime. So glad you were here 🌻


    1. Ohhhh thankyou Joni, what a sweet person you are. I just dont know what do with ‘award’ , could do with all the sun, and am sending you some🌻🌻🌻🌻


    1. Sure are the best. I have a book somewhere called, “Kitchen remedies”… and that we have much cure in our roots, we are unaware of. Kind of underestimated with all new quick fixers:) Thankyou for your warm wishes, oh yes we are all so much better and away on a little holiday to a warmer place. Ah cake. My girls would so underline that 🍿🎂🍰🥧


  2. Wow, my kids ( all 6 of them) got sick with the flu this year. From my 10month old to my 14 year old including myself.
    They had a temp of 38.9 to 39.9, vomiting, diarreah, sore throat, dizziness etc.
    I also then got sick once my youngest was the only one left sick with a bit of a cough remaining. My whole body was aching and the same as above.
    I know of a natural remedy for pneumonia as I have had it numerous times now and didnt know of the coronavirus yet but it was out and about and my husband had just returned from travelling ( works out of country) I was so angry thinking my dh could have brought coronavirus to our home with a 10month old and my 4 year old who has a compromised immune system
    Really I suggest this honey for treatment of colds, flu, pneumonia and asthma etc. It truly works and I use it myself for my kids.

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    1. Ohhh this is so useful. Apologies for my late reply, we been out on a small vacation, and yes all sufficiently recovered, as I trust with you all. Ah honey, it’s what we love too. Thankyou so much for being here and for every word, stay well, healthy and happy🌻🌼⚘🌷


  3. What an inspired way to end a fight.

    A friend makes a potion involving olive oil, lemon, garlic (lots of garlic) and I can’t remember what else. It tastes foul, but it does settle cold symptoms down. And it scares you so much that you won’t get sick again if you can possibly help it.

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  4. Thank you for this great post, I thoroughly valued reading it. I have been very disappointed with the media’s coverage of the Coronavirus outbreak so I have recently published an article on my blog about what we should be worried about and how we can protect ourselves and others. If you have time, it would be great if you could check out my post and let me know your thoughts! Thanks 🙂

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