Josna Rege

Chronological Table of Contents

In Notes on December 17, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Tell Me Another now includes 512 stories and has logged more than 250,000 page views from 173 different countries. I’ve been writing and posting the stories in a random order as they occur to me, and you can read them in that order in Contents to Date, but I thought I’d make a new table of contents with the stories listed in a loosely chronological order, starting with stories told to me of times before my birth and some of my earliest memories.

53. Sucking Lemons and Quoting Shaw (G)

36. My Grandmother

70. Party Pieces (G)

33. A Nice Bit of Spanish (G)

17. Chickens on the Pot

111. Strawberry-Picking Camp (G)

492. Notting Hill Bedsitter, 1950s

94. My Uncrowned Queens (G)

133. So Many Things Have Disappeared (G)

148. Avoiding the Plague (G)

149.  Get Me to the Church on Time (G)

20. The Bay of Biscay and the Gully Gully Man (G)

26. Dolls I Have Loved (and Lost) (G)

207. The Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò (G)

75. The Long Journey (G)

43. From a Railway Carriage (G)

18. Songlines

44. Greece in the 60s: Expats and Other Animals (G)

96. Learning to Swim (G)

34. His Master’s Voice (G)

104. Untangling (G)

11. The Napkin Collection

251. Deutschland (or Germany?) (G)

120. I once was lost (and wish I still were) (G)

138. Learning How (Not) to See (G)

81. St. Catherine’s and Miss Tutte (G)

134. Darshan, or You Never Can Tell (G)

45. A Macabre Imagination?

107. Kalo Paska (G)

59. Childhood Scars

378. Xýpna / Ξύπνα (G)

62. Regulation Underwear (G)

25. British TV, Fall of ‘63 (G)

32. My Wrestling Career

109 Hindi Lessons (G)

7. The Comic Shed (G)

112. Хоттабыч in India (G)

190. Hobson-Jobson (G)

113. Riding Like the Wind (G)

12. Following the Elephant Spoor

146. Life on the Low Wire (G)

28. Pre-dawn Adventures (G)

147. Hollyhocks and Hornworms (G)

16. Tree Elf

63. Secrecy and Velvet Bugs (G)

187. Emil and the Detectives (G)

188. Finn Family Moomintroll (G)

49. Making Sense of the Movies (G)

35. The Nation (G)

160. Dogfight (G)

167. Diary-keeping (G)

46. My Ink-Smudged Youth (G)

48. Jaggery Coconut, Nectar of the Gods (G)

143. Waste Not, Want Not (G)

68. Frittered!

71. Simply Paying Attention

24. Hidden Places (G)

52. Himalaya (G)

38. Study Halls and Cinchona (G)

206. Xenophobia (G)

60. Cod-Liver Oil and Malt (G)

  1. Dancing in the Street

27. Rumpelstiltskin (G)

54. Flash

119. Top of the Pops, 1968-69 (G)

67. Fiasco on the 715 (G)

47. The Paper Round (G)

168. The Fast-Wind Backwards (G)

125. My Autograph Book (G)

83. A Clear, Cold New England Day

95. Sail On, Silver Girl

6. Morse’s Supermarket

214.  A Moment in Time (G)

215. Remembering Mrs. Metzger (G)

84. Feasting or Fasting? (G)

310. Godine (G)

246. On Not Knowing the Signs (G)

4. The Tree House (G)

8. Bad Role Model

  1. Bangladesh

485. Our Old Kitchen Knife

238. The Diabolical Idea of the Sale (G)

162. “Heuch, Heuch!” (and other family lingo) (G)

92. Cookbooks, Immigrants, and Improvisation (G)

141. The Yogi of Beals Street (G)

181. The Silver Hairpin (G)

40. send my roots rain (G)

179. And he laughing said to me (G)

137. A Victorian Frame of Mind (G)

31. Gas-Station Shirts (G)

89. Make Love, Not Clockwork Devil-Doggery (G)

88. Sisters, Pick Up Your Sisters (G)

163. Servants, or Cleaning My Own D*** House! (G)

55. Quick-Change Artist

57. Toughening Up

3. The Horn Player in the Cupboard (G)

164. Pheasants and Apple Chutney (G)

5. Idolizing Princess Anne (G)

347. Free Speech: Goodbye to All That? (G)

41. Eating for Four (G)

155. Saving my Bacon (G)

39. Two at a Time (G)

110. The Party (G)

1. Letting Go of the Clutch (G)

142. Route 66 (G)

23. Brackish Water and Cherry Soda (G)

158. The Pagli and the Tramp

454. Cooperation

234. “Ah, bitter chill it was!” (G)

144. The Blab-Off (G)

151. Correspondences and Convergence (“Chicks Can’t Dig!”) (G)

344. Tropical Botanicals (G)

157. The Day Mick Jagger Called (G)

72. Learnin’ the Blues (G)

135. Doris Lessing and Me (G)

14. Everett the Ice Man (G)

150. The Phenomenon (G)

159. Ordinary People (G)

22. Mushrooming and Berry-Picking (G)

  1. Pre-dawn Raga (G)
  1. Stone Root Lane (G)

2. The Leather Welding Jacket

114. Food for People , Not for Profit (G)

29. Incident at the Donner Pass (G)

284. Step by Step (G)

337. Lessons from a Historian (G)

116. Medicinal Herbs (G)

200. Roots, Rock, Reggae (G)

37. Grandpa Victor and the Story of the Tomatoes

128. The Kurta Joke (G)

170. Sighting in New Mexico (G)

30. Land of Enchantment (G)

483. The Singing Cowboy: Heart Core Meltdown

  1. Not So Posh (G)

221. Dressing for Others (G)

102. No Nuclear News (G)

61. Burma-Shave Signs (G)

9. The Golden Boy

335. Are you Black or White? (G)

  1. On TP Rolls and Responsibility (G)

192. Jam Today (G)

484. Home Truths

82. What’s Your Bag? (G)

313. Job Printers (G)

  1. Whetstone Press (G)
  1. Of Matrices, Magazines, and Melting Pots (G)

457. Farming

127. Going Up the Country (G)

69. Wonders in the Woods (G)

10. Ghosts of New Boston (G)

108. Climb Over the Wall! (G)

99. Paharganj, January 1984

21. The Highlanders (G)

384. Auntie Bette’s Litmus Test (G)

165. What’s in a Name? (G)

152. No Swaddling, Please! (G)

77. The Tea Tasting (G)

218. No Baby No Cry* (G)

460. Immigrants

86. Bottled Sunshine (G)

13. Paradise Lost

65. Curb Your Enthusiasm: A Bedtime Story (G)

  1. Householder

224. Play-Acting (G)

208. Zee, Zed, Go to Bed (G)

177. The Sugar Snow (G)

  1. Without Whom (G)

186. Drive-ins (G)

180. The Magic of Found Objects (G)

197. O, Oh, and the Wonderful O (G)

  1. Graduate School
  1. Reaganomics 101 (G)

176. The Haircut (G)

185. Common Sense (G)

  1. The Kuwait Phenomenon

50. Learning How to Fold

(G) 252. In the Eurozone

(G) 42. The Times Tables (G)

91. Tunneling (G)

191. The Iliad at Bedtime (G)

213. Censorship at Bedtime (G)

201. Screaming Women (G)

466. Originals and Adaptations

161. Watching the River Flow (G)

232. Before Interstates, Before Automobiles (G)

199. Quest (G)

240. Heaven’s Gate: Two Degrees of Separation (G)

19. Lively Up Yourself (G)

85. St. Nicholas’ Day (G)

100. My American Epiphany

174. Con Men, Card Sharks, and Playing a Different Game (G)

139. Sealed with a Kiss (G)

118. Racist Bracist (G)

  1. Quagmire

15. Humans—What a Bummer! (G)

227. The Commanding Self (G)

80. Who Are You? (G)

64. Concert Collage (G)

140 Music Alone Shall Live (G)

145. Just a little is enough. (G)

117. Personal Space, Indian-Style (G)

87. Thanda Thanda Pani or, You Never Miss Your Water… (G)

225. Audit Alert! (G)

76. Say it Again (G)

222. Dropping In (G)

79. Baths, Bathing, and Hot Water Bottles (G)

194. London, My London (G)

189. Goodness Gracious Me! (G)

103. Holi, Water Play, Rites of Spring (G)

301. Babysitting (G)

98. Oral Culture (so to speak) (G)

58. Southbound

467. “Post-9/11”

  1. Middle Age

90. “Almost a Dude” (G)

73. Trouble (G)

51. Getting Out of Silver City (G)

93. Snowed In (G)

97. Sick in Bed (G)

129. Good Morning, Rainy Day (G)

132. My Muddle (G)

130. Orwellian Jingles (G)

203. Ultra (G)

105. My Garden of Forking Paths (G)

247. Gauri Deshpande: A Distinctive Voice (G)

205. Weeping Willow (G)

282. It’s Only Temporary (G)

486. Fingerprinted and Found Wanting

126. Word Choice: Does it Matter? (G)

74. Three Towers, Three Coincidences

101. The Japan Syndrome (G)

271. Yellowcake and other Euphemisms (G)

122. The Land of the Free—Really? (G)

124. A Meditation on Money (G)

241. People, not Personalities (G)

270. The Challenge of X (G)

243. On Making Things Up (G)

242. Gratitude (G)

136. The Shame of Self-Censorship (G)

56. International Arrivals (G)

123. That Funny Accent (G)

211. Bad Behavior on the Bus (G)

115. An Immigrant’s Reflections on Independence Day (G)

66. The Mango Room (G)

131. Across the Miles (G)

198. The Post Office (G)

153. Piecing It All Together (G)

156. Just Empty your Mind

175. Make It So! (G)

154. Saraswati and Sari-wearing (G)

121. The Taste of Home (G)

245. Welcome Home (G)

273. Everyday Use (G)

106. Slow: Salamander Crossing (G)

209. Retreat (G)

202. Tennessee Stud (G)

78. October Rains (G)

166. In the Bleak Midwinter (G)

169.  At the Gates of Dawn (G)

287. Anywhere, anywhere (G)

217. Regularity (G)

171. Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron (G)

229. The Saga of the Sage-Green Couch (G)

223. Darn It! (G)

244. A Chip off the Old Block? If Only. (G)

172. Balancing My Three Halves (G)

173. Multi-Timing (G)

178. Talkin’ ’bout My Generation (G)

303. Use Proper English You’re Regarded as a Freak* (G)

182. Hot Cross Buns (G)

204. Victory V’s (G)

183. Autoantonyms (G)

184. Brevity (G)

193. Kindling (G)

195.  Marathon (G)

196. Never No More (G)

210. The Potters’ Tale (G)

212. ¡Viva La Literatura! (G)

216. The Third Age

219. Palimpsest (G)

236. Living Language: Changing, Impure (G)

220. How’s Your GK? (G)

226. Consider the lilies of the field (G)

288. Bless Them (G)

228. The Mistress-Servant Relationship (G)

239. No, It’s Not Political Incorrectness (G)

230. Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later than You Think) (G)

231. Festivals of Light (G)

233. Rest In Peace, Doris Lessing (G)

235. December 5th, 2013 (G)

237. Turning Towards the Light (G)

274. In the Dark

248. Air Travel (G)

249. Baggage (G)

250. Culture (G)

253. Food, Bremen-style (G)

254. (On not knowing) German (G)

255. Holidays (G)

256. Interior Design (G)

257. (Leaving on a) Jet Plane (G)

258. Kuchen (G)

260. Monuments (G)

269. Walls (G)

259. London without Lily (G)

261. Nostalgia (G)

262. Oh, to be in England (G)

263. Quiet (G)

264. Railways, Real and Imagined (G)

265. Swagmen (G)

266. Tea (G) 267. U and Non-U (G)

268. Variations, Variety, Vocab (G)

272. Zindagi (G)

275. Doing it Themselves (G)

276. India: Day 5 (G)

277. Waiting for Some Time (G)

278. Going Back, Coming Home (G)

279. Raking, or In Praise of Puttering (G)

280. My Love Affair with Penguins (G)

281. Invasion of the Potato Beetles (G)

283. Categories or Continuums? (G)

285. Sometimes a Coincidence (G)

286. Foxfire (G)

287. Anywhere, anywhere (G)

289. Only So Much (G)

290. Krishna’s Butterball (G)

292. No Returns (G)

293. All the World’s a Stage (G)

295. Changes (G)

  1. The Hundred-Foot Journey after Charlie Hebdo (G)

297. Metamorphosis? (G)

  1. Time Travel (Birthdays and Birthday Books) (G)

300. Mistrusting My Inner Voice (G)

  1. Brooding* (G)

304. Against the Grain (G)

305. Bed (G)

306. Composition (G)

307. Deadline (G)

308. Ems, Ens, and Endpapers (G)

309. Folding, Flying, Bleeding, Pieing. . . (G)

311. The Hogarth Press (G)

312. Impression/Imposition (Kiss or Bite?) (G)

314. Kern(ing) (G)

315. Ligatures (G)

317. The Nick (G)

318. Out of Sorts (G)

  1. (Mind your) p’s and q’s
  1. Quoin that Phrase (G)

321.  Recto (G)

322. Stereotyping (G)

323. Tympan and Times Roman (G)

324. Upper Case (and lower case) (G)

  1. Verso (G)

327. x-Height (G)

328. Yellow Journalism (G)

329. Zapf, Zubaan, Zinc-etching, Zzzzz . . . (G)

  1. Ruth Rendell: Dead-On (G)
  1. No Rush (G)
  1. Lost in the Supermarket (G)

333. Like Some Forgotten Dream (G)

334. Rockers (G)

  1. Time’s Wingèd Chariot (G)

338. Self-doubt (G)

  1. It’s the Way That You Do It (G)

340. Coastal Connections (G)

  1. Unexpected Fruit (G)

342. Inscriptions (G)

  1. European Border Crossings (G)

346. Keeping Up with The Times (G)

  1. On Tap (G)
  1. A Chair for My Mother (G)

350. Lest We Forget (G)

351. Slow Food from Way Back (G)

352. Parents Modeling Manners (G)

353. Solapuris (G)

354. The Pursuit of Happiness (G)

  1. Accomplishment (G)
  1. Bookshops (G)
  1. The Guardian (G)
  1. Henion’s (G)
  1. India (G)
  1. Jai Jagat! (G)
  1. Kindred (G)
  1. Lemons and Limes (G)
  1. Movement (G)
  1. Night (G)
  1. the Outdoors (G)
  1. Quirks (G)
  1. Real Country (G)

373. Singing (G)

374. Thrift Stores (G)

375. Unions (G)

376. Verandas (G)

377. Writing (G)

379. Young People (G)

380. Zoe

381. Cousin Mischa (G)

  1. What’s Wrong with “Oriental”? (G)
  1. It’s a Process (G)

385. On Two Girls Running (G)

386. When the Law Breaks the Law (G)

  1. It Wants To Be Found (G)

389. Exposing Whose Perversity? (G)

390. When You’re Pulled Over (G)

391.  buying up the whole store (G)

  1. Pecking Order (G)

393. Flying those Flags (G)

394. Scattergram, Spring 2017 (G)

395. “Oh, Rob!” (G)

396. Missing Ted (G)

397. Why Should Not Old Women Be Mad? (G)

398. This day . . . (G)

399. East of What? (G)

  1. Why Pay those Union Dues? (G)

401. More Than Enough (G)

402. Land Where Our Fathers Died (G)

403. Free from Thought (G)

404. Colo(u)rs (G)

405. Not So Grinchy (G)

  1. Of Piercings, Pain, and Authenticity (G)

407. Inner Light (G)

408. Every Light in the House Burnin’

409. A is for Alien (also Arrival, Assimilation, and Asylum)

410. B is for Border

411. C is for Citizen[ship]

412. D: Detention and Deportation

413. E is for Emigrant, Expatriate, and Exile

414. F: Family Separation

415. G is for the Great Migration

416. H is for Homeland

417. I is for “Internment”/Incarceration

418. J is for Journey

419. Three Ks: Kamala Markandaya, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Kamila Shamsie

420.  M: Migrant Crisis

421. N is for Nationalists and Nationalisms

422. One Love

 423. P is for Passport

424. Q is for Quarantine

425. R is for Refugees

426. S is for Stranger

427. T is for Temporary Status

428. Unalienable Rights

429. V is for Vigilante


431. Y is for Youth

432. Zero-tolerance Policy

433. No particular place to go

434. Friends from Way Back

435. Wild Things

436. Feel-good, feeling good

437. Wide Awake

438. “I never died,” says he

439. Of Damp Squibs and Other Watery Slurs

440. Why this Fussing and Fighting?

441. Mere Customers

  1. Mind Cleanup

445. A November Gift: Rosemary for Remembrance

449. The Farthest Field

461. John Prine

463.  Love, Longing, and Living in the Moment

469. Return

  1. Social Media
  1. T_ *_ *_ *_ *
  1. Under Pressure
  1. Violence

474. Water Protectors

475. XR — Extinction Rebellion US

476. Youth (and Age) in a Changing America

477. Zoom

478. Sheer Cruelty

  1. Of Accessibility

480. A Burning

481. Ghost Town

482. Knowledge and Right Action

487. Virtual RUSH II (post-election playlist)

488. The Sitting Tenant

489. For Unto Us a Child is Born 

490. A Continuation

  1. Anticipation, Not Dread

493. Animalidioms

  1. Britishisms
  1. Clothes and Clothing
  1. Euphemisms
  2. Remembering Mum on Mother’s Day
  3. Thoughts on Fathers and Fatherhood
  4. Late-Summer Morning
  5. The Small Things
  6. Farewell, Old House!
  7. Five Years Out
  8. Things are Looking Up
  9. My Cup
  10. The Loudest Voice
  11. Marking Time
  12. Wordplay
  13. Proceeding by Indirection
  14. School’s (Nearly) Out
  15. Start as you mean to go on.
  16. My Champion



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  10. Hi Josna! I get a little lost on your blog, and am reading randomly in it, but I wanted to tell you that one of your posts inspired a dream! The one about air conditioning and the differences in perceptions of personal space in Indians and Americans. It has stayed with me, and last night I had a dream about sharing a bed with a seemingly endless pile of people! Your blog inspires me and I so appreciate you checking in on mine.


    • Thanks so much for commenting, Allie, and for your encouraging words; I am finding your blog very moving and I am enjoying getting to know your voice(s). I hope that was a dream and not a nightmare! Especially in this hot weather, I can see you wake up in a pool of sweat. x J


  11. You should certainly be proud of the impressive list of stories which have enlightened and delighted so many people, Jojo!
    I am proud of you and wonder if you have thought of putting it all in a book as a collection of stories and call it “Tell me another”. I remember when I discovered that Nikhil had asked you the same question that Jennie always asked me when they were both little, to tell them another story – particularly about life at Mount Hermon. You took it from there and now have a whole collection of wonderful tales which I, for one, would treasure in book form.
    Marianne – One of your first fans!


    • You’re always so encouraging, Marianne. You are my ideal reader! I am thinking of whether/how I might pull together Tell Me Another as a collection of stories in some strange new category. I’d like to find an illustrator who could help me tie it all together with little pen-and-ink drawings for every few stories and the beginning of each section. Of course I want someone wonderful, like the late Edward Ardizzone—see “I Once Was Lost (and I wish I Still Were).”
      Thank you, dear friend!


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