Biggest Change In 2017: Grieving When You Lose Love

Featured, Reflections on 2017, Relationships

Many years ago, back in 2002, I got my first dog, Bambi. She was a senior dog, almost seven or eight years old, and given away by my English professor in college. I didn’t know what I was thinking when I agreed to adopt Bambi. I don’t think I thought much. I didn’t have any […]

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An Ode To My Soulmate: Goodbye Is Not A Word

Featured, Musings, Relationships

am not a person who believes that soulmates are only of the romantic sort. No. To me, soulmates are anyone with whom we have an intense soul connection . Such soul connections are not always easy. Having a soulmate is not about looking at the stars but gazing at the embers in the ashes of […]

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Nostalgia, my Father


I read the wonderful Bangalore Blue last month by Steven Carvalho. I was so delighted by the nostalgia it evoked that I have been recommending this to anyone I know who loves Bangalore. First, it was my sister. And then, I gave it to my Dad. My father doesn’t read anything apart from a newspaper. […]

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Meeting Old Age

Featured, Short Stories

The doctor’s diagnosis was swift. An orthopedic surgeon is what he called himself. That came with all the credentials that he had acquired over the years. MBBS. FHRCS. MS – fancy alphabets that were tagged on to his name like the extensions of a comet’s tail. He didn’t even need to be a doctor to […]

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Favorite Movies Of 2017


When I was teaching in China many years ago, my rented apartment had a DVD player and TV thrown in for free. The hours were easy – you had to teach for a few hours, and then once supper was over at about 5 PM, you had the whole evening to yourself. There were no […]

January 16, 2018

2017 Taught Me

Reflections on 2017

Why do we condense our life into years? Over the years, I have been grappling with the paradoxical illusion of Time. This time that we spend so much time worrying about! There! That rotten piece of writing full of unbidden puns! I know that time really doesn’t exist. That this thing we call past, present, […]

December 27, 2017


Reflections on 2017

For a morning person like me, evenings are just an invitation to the approaching lull of sleep. All my working life, I used to go home early. By 5 PM, I would be off. I rarely attended meetings that were held later than that. One was that I believe that it’s enough to give eight […]

December 26, 2017


Reflections on 2017

Whenever I get up early in the morning, I am always struck by the utter quiet of the world around. If you are not the sort who gets up at 5 AM or even earlier, then you probably wouldn’t know what I am talking about. But here’s what I love about the early mornings. Just […]

December 24, 2017

This Year Was…

Reflections on 2017

When I look  back at 2017, I am struck by the sheer beauty of it. This year was a kaleidoscope of jagged edges – shards of glass and pain- and beautiful, shimmering pearls of sunshine and love. I thought that I would reach a certain point in my life at the end of this year. […]

December 21, 2017

Brings Me Joy

Reflections on 2017

There are days when life seems insufferable. We know. We have all been there. There are days when you just want to curl up in a little ball and forget that the world exists. We know. We have all been there. There are days when people seem cruel and unjust, and you just want to […]

December 19, 2017

Favorite Photo Of Me

Reflections on 2017

I don’t take kindly to photographs. No, I appear better in photos than I do in real life, as an ex-friend once told me. But what I mean is that I am a horrible person to be photographed. I don’t have patience, I am shy, and I have to be ‘in the mood’ to pose. […]

December 18, 2017

I Let Go Of…

Reflections on 2017

I am a control freak. The idea of not being in control of anything terrifies me. I probably made a lousy manager during my corporate life! Over the course of my life, I have believed that we have a choice in the way we allow our lives to be. I don’t think I have been […]

December 17, 2017


Reflections on 2017

You can’t see it in that picture. But can you? Look closer. Look closely and you will send one dot of light. That was the sparkle from one little star on the most starry night I have seen in a long while. My friends and I were camping in Nachikuppam, a little village near Krishnagiri […]

December 16, 2017

Best Decision Of 2017

Reflections on 2017

I am not a very decisive person. I guess there is something about being born in June that makes you think you are a typical Gemini. I am the sort of person who struggles with decisions that are life-changing, such as which shampoo to choose, for instance. Or worse, whether I should go running today […]

December 15, 2017