Moi, Calvin & GrangerGab

Excited, enthusiastic and a bundle of energy – that’s how my near and dear ones know me. The reason – I’ve spent 26 years of my life in one of the busiest cities in the world – Mumbai ( or Bombay as I still love to call it). I’m now settled in the Dubai Desertland for last 4 years.

This is my space – my little world where I narrate tales of my simple loves – My Papa, Mumma, MDH, Family, Friends, Cricket, Books,Music,Dance, Cooking and Food. I talk therefore I’m. People often wonder what is wrong with the world if I go quiet:-) I write – it gives me joy. And if you read and love what I write here -it gives me euphoria:-) So come and let me know your thoughts.

At times you might think I’m opinionated, but is that not the exact reason why we create our weblogs?

 Welcome to my crazy world:-)


The picture has been constant on my old blog and twitter id. I’ve not changed it since the inception of my blog. Calvin with a pencil in his mouth in a pondering mood – rare picture isn’t it ? Calvin, the hyperactive soul, sitting peacefully. Hyperactivity is my middle name, the only time I’m quiet is when I’m on this blog or rather my online world, but then again I’m chatting online!

Calvin is my favourite character. According to me, he is a genius ( created by a genius too) whom no one appreciates. Secretly I wish that if I ever have a son, he should be like Calvin. He is a rebel, constantly questioning the norms – something I did all my life and drove my parents insane in that department. Of course I was no where close to the brat he is, though after reading his adventures I wish I was. Only child, imaginary friends – I empathize with the little bloke, and I identify with him! That picture on my blog reflects me completely – A million thoughts going on in my mind and very few that see the light of the paper, the only time I’m quiet for my offline folks. One of my favourite bloggers, Sujatha once told me, “My son( who is called little C after Calvin on her blog) is a huge C&H fan and whenever I see his C&H books I remember you!” I was most touched by her comment. 

Why GrangerGab? 

The name for the blog was easy. When everyone I knew from school read Harry Potter, each one of them called me up to tell me that Minal, Hermione is you! Yeah there I was, geeky in school, always the first to finish her papers, well-read before the teacher commenced the topic and always the first one to raise her hand to answer a question. Non-stop chatter and sometimes a little high-handedness with my friends; I can imagine how they would’ve hated me in those times. Like Hermione I cared too much and still do, for my friends and loved ones. Like her I was never among the beautiful ones in my class ever. The geekiness went away in Engg. and MBA colleges – probably cause I met a lot more real nerds or geeks! I was bookish and not supremely talented in anything else. I would devour books. If anything caught my interest, the R&D on the subject would be done and completed till I knew the topic at the tip of my tongue. When I read Potter, Hermione Granger reminded me of my lost identity. She is my favourite – loyal, warm-hearted, a little snooty,  fearless, inquisitive, does not take nonsense and loves to talk! So that’s why the blog aptly titled Granger Gab 

So there now you know all that you need to before heading to my crazy world, welcome to the madness and hope you enjoy your stay here! !


  1. Hey minal a very nice blog.. stumbled here because you retweeted one of my tweet ..keep writing.

  2. @vivek: You bet I’m:-)) I was struggling to get going – if it had not been for my friend Sujata – you would not have seen this:-))

  3. Vivek Rao

    the blog is looking great… you’re all set now!

  4. Congrats on the move. Looking very professional now!

  5. @Mangesh: Thanks!! Msged u on bb messenger! reply if possible – check ur mail!

    @Ketaki: Thanks babe:-)

  6. Fantastic stuff!!! Awesome!!!

  7. ketaki

    wooooooooooowwww, this really looks yours now! Congrats and your move looks very exciting!:)

  8. @Solilo: Welcome 🙂 And thank you!!!!

  9. Lovely abode! 🙂

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