Flipping through my 'scrap book' from a decade ago, I came across a piece of paper with a message that I had glued on to one of the pages. It took me back on one of my bus rides in Delhi when I was a college-going girl. I'm grateful to my 19-year old self for … Continue reading Co-passenger of the Year (2008)
The other day, I caught myself risking my life to take a rather close-up photo of parakeets. Terrified of birds that are larger than sparrows, my uncharacteristic move of getting close to photograph these birds surprised me. Clearly, something had changed during my visit to the Bharatpur Bird sanctuary in December 2017. A weekend getaway … Continue reading Dear Feathered Community,
Amateur Rangolis, basic home cooked food, half eaten ice-cream, birthday cards, personal handwritten notes of appreciation, an outfit-of-the-day, a Puja set up at home, photos from a honeymoon trip, disturbingly close-up selfies - a few things we broadcast on social media for everyone to consume. I made two perfectly round Rotis this morning for lunch, … Continue reading Rotis of Instagram
A year ago, while on an over-night train to Rajasthan for a field visit, I ended up at a lower side berth. I usually prefer the upper berths for night trains because no one feels entitled to wake me up early in the morning then. I made peace with my seat, and as I started … Continue reading So, what do you do?
“Those schoolgirl days of telling tales and biting nails are gone But in my mind I know they will still live on and on But how do you thank someone who has taken you from crayons to perfume? It isn't easy, but I'll try If you wanted the sky I would write across the sky … Continue reading To Sir, with Love
A seven-day trek to Roopkund – The Mysterious Lake made me look deep within and helped me make peace with my raw thoughts. Here I go, sharing them in seven parts. Part I: Signing up for the out-of-comfort zone It was a comfortable January evening in Bombay when I told my uncle that I wanted … Continue reading The Mountains Knew Me Much Before I knew Them
What a beautiful small little world. A young German couple came into office with their two little kids and filled me up with nostalgia and yearning for my life in Germany. All these months I've been trying to be strong about not being too home-sick about Germany, but the typical reserved yet sweet interaction, that … Continue reading At Home, yet far away from Home
Handing over my Masters dissertation would have such a massive impact on my life - I probably knew but only on a subconscious level. Within the span of two days I said Goodbyes to about twenty people whom I really like, I moved to a great big city, I started being an intern at an … Continue reading Radio and a Book
Prague was the second destination of what I had very naively termed as my 'European Conquest' two years ago. I had just got back after leaving my heart at the Margaret Island in Budapest, gave myself two days to unpack and re-pack before heading off to Prague. Prague also marked the beginning of many backpacking trips with my … Continue reading The Baroque Glamour of Prague
Split, a 1,700 years old city at the centre of the Dalmatian region of Croatia looks like a city concocted out of one's dream. If a city has some people who can say "I live in a palace by the bluest sea", what else is it but a dream?! The enormous 4th century Diocletian's Palace and its … Continue reading Split doesn’t always mean ‘breaking’.