No Man’s Land

All the men are gone. Or shall I say, lost? This once sprawling city is nothing but ruins now, except not literally. The cost of war is often more easily seen in crumbling buildings, not in the haunted eyes of the women they leave behind. To whom do the cries of eighty-year-old mothers or eight-year-old daughters reach? I, of course, matter little in these scheme of … Continue reading No Man’s Land

A Man and The Story of His Resilience. When Lost. For 438 Days

You are at sea. Maybe, you are someone like me who loves it. The crashing of the waves, the shore somewhere on the horizon, an endless expanse of water all around. But even if you love it the way Salvador Alvarenga did, can you imagine the torment of being lost for 438 days? Disturbing, isn’t it? When I spotted this book at the bookstore, the … Continue reading A Man and The Story of His Resilience. When Lost. For 438 Days

What If I’m Too Old Already?

The angst of an artist is the same as that of a scientist. The thirst for more never ceases. Imagination never ceases. The quest for building bigger and better masterpieces never ceases. But what if the creative genius or the brain of a brilliant scientist comes with an expiry? What if 30 is the age when the physical constitution and mental faculties begin to slow … Continue reading What If I’m Too Old Already?

Things That Happen When You Sneak About After Midnight

Sneaking around the house, after everyone has called it a night, is not without its risks. Here’s what happens when you tip-toe around in the dead of the night. If you are me, you are certain to bump into furniture. Stubbing your toe is a given. Followed by an elbow or a shin hit. If it is a particularly unfortunate night, you will bump into … Continue reading Things That Happen When You Sneak About After Midnight

On Existence that is the Same as Non-Existence

Fair warning to the reader: Long rant ahead. About life. About non-life. Label it as me PMSing if you must, that is easily the most popular opinion/response I get on thoughts such as these. For others, if there are any such others, I’d love to hear from you if you have a differential diagnosis. I’ve been preoccupied lately, trying to understand the purpose of existence. … Continue reading On Existence that is the Same as Non-Existence

How Do I Feel At the Moment?

“Lately, I find myself out gazing at stars Hearing guitars, like someone in love Sometimes the things you do astound me Mostly whenever you are around me” ~ Diana Krall Here’s the thing about feelings – they are transitory. One moment you are sulking, feeling small and insignificant, and the next, you are joyous, believing that nothing could be better. So like a pendulum swinging … Continue reading How Do I Feel At the Moment?

An open letter to parents who keep pushing their kids to get married

Dear Parent, I know how important it is to you to see me happy. And you believe that me being married & having kids is the answer to that.I’d like to be married and make babies some day. But I can’t tell you when that might happen or with whom or if it might happen at all. It doesn’t help that EACH DAY you find a … Continue reading An open letter to parents who keep pushing their kids to get married

1606 by James Shapiro

I’m a lover of history and everything historical, including history books. I picked this one up at some bookstore (now forgotten), out of curiosity. The subject appealed to me. It is about Shakespeare (whose books I have never read, no, not even in school/college), it is set in the 1600s, a favourite time-period when it comes to exploring history, and it discusses how literature, of the … Continue reading 1606 by James Shapiro

The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier

What if you could run away from your life and assume the life of another? That’s what the protagonist of Daphne du Maurier’s novel yearns for. As a professor, John is well-versed in the French history, but he never does feel that oneness that a Frenchman would. He considers himself an outsider, leading a life no better than that of a tourist. Considering himself as … Continue reading The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier

A Girl Reduced to a Series of Texts

I loved the age when technology could not touch me, could not pervade my senses, could not creep into my personal space. If someone wanted to reach me on the phone, they would leave messages for me on my landline, and I would call back, at my leisure. When friends made plans, we didn’t end up constantly texting each other to check where they were; we … Continue reading A Girl Reduced to a Series of Texts

A Migraine isn’t Just a Headache

Not every headache one has is a migraine. Not every headache I have is a migraine. It’s a pity though that people will sometimes claim they are suffering from a migraine when it is, in most likelihood, just a bad headache. A migraine is a lot more than the usual ache at the end of a stressful day. It is a debilitating condition that strikes without … Continue reading A Migraine isn’t Just a Headache

#OneLoveStory Blocked

It’s a blind date (or the version of blind dates that exist in 2016). It’s the first time the girl is meeting the guy. Girl in pink pants, golden shoes. Guy: You’re flamboyant Girl rolls her eyes. You’re judgemental. She thinks to herself. Guy: Wow, that’s a designer watch you’re wearing. You like watches? Girl: Yes, I do. Guy: I like watches too. I have a … Continue reading #OneLoveStory Blocked

An Accidental Connection

One of my very good friends once told me that to truly connect with someone, you must assess three types of attachment – physical, mental and emotional. The same friend also said that to truly discover a person you must converse with them in three ways – meet them in person, talk to them over the phone and text them (or whatsapp, as the case may be). Over time, I … Continue reading An Accidental Connection

A Dance with Dragons: Dreams and Dust by George R.R. Martin

*This book review contains spoilers* George R.R. Martin. You love him and then you hate him. Eventually you do love him. But it drives me crazy that this book is not a sequel to his last one; it runs in parallel instead. So the chapter about Jon which is really happening in sequence somewhere in “A Feast for Crows”- the fourth book – is being … Continue reading A Dance with Dragons: Dreams and Dust by George R.R. Martin

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Mikael Blomkvist is a respected journalist in the Swedish circles. But a case involving a businessman turns bitter, when Mikael is unable to defend himself in court and prove the allegations he has penned in his article. With his career sliding down, Mikael has every intention of going into exile and that’s when an intriguing opportunity turns up. Henrik Vanger, an industrialist with a vast business … Continue reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Patient Zero of Internet Shaming

The year – 1998. The headline –  Clinton Accused of Urging Aide to Lie. A seemingly innocuous statement. Politicians after all seem to be surrounded by tales of lies and deceit. But this headline from the Washington Post, was the spark that ignited the scandal that caused the impeachment of a President. What happened to the woman in the tale? People who were surfing the Internet then are … Continue reading Patient Zero of Internet Shaming

A Tramp in Vienna

Well, that’s not what would have immediately come to your mind if you were to think of Adolf Hitler. Seventy years since his death, the very word Hitler continues to remain synonymous with uncontrolled tyranny, unwarranted violence and unjustified racism. But before all the hatred and bitterness in him was invading other nations and wrecking havoc on Jews, there was a time in his life when … Continue reading A Tramp in Vienna

The King’s General by Daphne du Maurier

**This book review contains spoilers** Plot: Honor Harris is a strong heroine, one of a rare quality. She makes an early enemy of her sister-in-law Gartred Grenvile, and would have been destined to always stand in opposition to the Grenviles, had it not been her fate to fall in love with Gartred’s brother Richard, at the age of eighteen. Young and carefree, Honor has many … Continue reading The King’s General by Daphne du Maurier

A Eulogy – Dedicated to my Grandma

You have experienced enough of life to understand that all things are transitory. That which makes you miserable slowly goes away and that which hearten you, goes away…perhaps a little too quickly. Yet the one thing you never prepare yourself for, and what sane person would, is for the passing of a loved one. Aren’t people supposed to be the one constant thing? You may … Continue reading A Eulogy – Dedicated to my Grandma

Abandon

Abandon: a thorough yielding to natural impulses; especially : enthusiasm, exuberance “With absolute abandon, I wanna dance tonight In the dead of night, under the moonlight Skirts gathered in my hand, rustling and falling apart With absolute abandon, I wanna drink tonight Upon the ocean, boat swaying in motion Hair cascading down my back, lifting and knotting up With absolute abandon, I wanna be yours … Continue reading Abandon

The Translator by Nina Schuyler

In silken prose and with subtle suspense, Nina Schuyler brings us a mesmerizing novel of language and translation, memory loss and heartbreak, and the search for answers in a foreign country. When renowned translator Hanne Schubert falls down a flight of stairs, her injury is an unusual but real condition–the loss of her native language. She is left speaking only Japanese, a language learned later … Continue reading The Translator by Nina Schuyler

Here’s the thing about life…

It feeds you, it leads you and just when you think things are perfect it begins to kill you. You don’t fail to find happiness. Even the smallest things will delight you. But slowly and surely life begins to creep up on you. All those moments, when you felt blessed are flicked away, like the way you’d swat at a fly. You begin to doubt yourself. … Continue reading Here’s the thing about life…

Alms for the Poor

“Wow! You’re so pretty! What a lovely scarf you’ve got on.” She says all this in impeccable English. No grammatical errors, no hesitation on her part. English isn’t her first language. Nor her second. In fact, she doesn’t know much English beyond this. The only reason she speaks the language is because I do. She knows that I’m educated, a working woman, independent and secure. … Continue reading Alms for the Poor

The Sweetest Song is Yet to be Sung (NaPoWriMo #3)

The sweetest song is yet to be sung For I am yet to meet my knight in shining armour (or one dressed in rags, I’m not particular, really) And I am yet to fall in love with him From his words and from his deeds I’m yet to seek the inspiration I need To compose the lyrics and set to tune The sweetest song that … Continue reading The Sweetest Song is Yet to be Sung (NaPoWriMo #3)

A Girl Named Memwemchuk (NaPoWriMo #2)

  Imagine a girl named Memwemchuk A name that has you laughing till your sides hurt You wonder why her parents would name her that And you wonder if Memwemchuk even means anything You wonder for a day, a week, a month And then a year later she tells you ‘My name isn’t Memwemchuk’ And with that she tells you of her dark history Perhaps … Continue reading A Girl Named Memwemchuk (NaPoWriMo #2)

Being Me (NaPoWriMo #1)

I’m participating in NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) this April, and I’m super-excited! I have to devote myself to writing a poem a day and I’ve no idea how sincerely I can keep up and whether my creative juices will keep flowing that frequently, but I’m attempting it all the same. Here’s Day 01 Verse… Being Me  I dance and dance till I find my … Continue reading Being Me (NaPoWriMo #1)

26/11

I have in my life so far been witness to a number of terrorist incidents both in Mumbai and beyond. But nothing beats the nightmare that began 20 hours earlier. The sheer plan of action being executed by the terrorists seems brazen. Fanned out across South Mumbai targeting a hospital, a café, a railway station, a residential complex and two extremely posh and popular hotels, … Continue reading 26/11

What’s Stopping You?

You are there holding your lover’s hand What’s stoping you from telling them ‘I Love You’? You’re on the phone with your best friend What’s stopping you from telling them ‘I Treasure You’? You’re listening to your mom talk about her housing tips What’s stopping you from telling her ‘I Miss You’? In the darkest of hours you will recall them Cherish the memories left … Continue reading What’s Stopping You?

2007: The Year That Was

It’s nearly the dusk of this year. As will always be, the earth will continue its cycle of orbiting around the sun (unless it’s that damned time when the universe begins to disintegrate), ushering in heat, rain & snow (if I don’t include the global warming aspect), all with the turn of the year. For me, it’s the time to pack away this year’s thoughts … Continue reading 2007: The Year That Was