#Happiness Series: The World According To Birdy (With Video)

Featured, Happiness, Musings, Relationships

I am always baffled when someone says I inspire them. I simply can’t believe that. How can you not know what a fraud and impostor I am? But unlike me, I want to share with you those genuine people who inspire me. The Happiness Series, I hope, will chronicle what I see in you and […]

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My Status: In A Relationship

Featured, Musings, Relationships

My friend and I look forward to Saturdays. That’s our long run day. That’s the day I write in our workout worksheet: Long run at a conversational pace only. After a week of pushing each other to run faster, we love our Saturday when we run at our own pace with nothing else but the […]

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Dealing With Shame And Guilt

Featured, Musings

The other day, my good friend, the Poodle, and I had an animated discussion on time. We go back a long way – since 2000 – and we were reminiscing about some of those times in the way that only old friends can do. “Those worry-free days,” we called it. “Would you turn back the […]

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Honesty: The Second Value

Featured, Musings

“Just tell Boy what you want to do. It’s only Boy, after all,” my friend told me yesterday afternoon. We were discussing some logistics of an upcoming trip, and I was worried how to tell my brother, and generally crazy soulmate, Boy, certain aspects of those logistics without hurting him. My friend’s answer was simple. […]

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When Happiness Is Awe


Happiness, Travel

It is bitterly cold. The tea stall owner is doing brisk business. I am wearing thick gloves and wrapped up in a long coat, but I can still feel the cold seep in through to my bones. My taxi driver, a smiling Nepali who speaks little English, promises me that he will wait, so I […]

October 9, 2019

Where’s The Faith? Walking The Camino


Travel

It’s a walk of faith, I tell myself. I would walk 800-km from France to Spain to find faith. A walk to dispel my inner cynicism and believe in the essential goodness of humanity. That walk is the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrim trail that starts in different places in Europe, culminating in the […]

September 10, 2019

When Kindness Makes You Cry


Musings

We live in a world where hope seems dry; where the dreams of our lives flutter like dusty rags; where we flounder in the decay of our putrid emotions. And then…you see this. I had just gone to the hospital to get my monthly injections when my Dad told me to stop by at a […]

August 11, 2019

My Enduring Affair With Chennai


Musings, Travel

I am sitting on Marina Beach, Chennai on an upturned canoe sometime in 2004. Next to me is a guy – Suresh. I watch the waves recede. Ebb. Flow. Recede. Relentless. Suresh turns to me and breaks the silence. “So, let’s talk about you and me.” I almost fall off the canoe and hurriedly clamber […]

August 7, 2019

What You Will Say On My Death


Musings

If you go to Bhutan, and you must because it’s my favorite country, then you will find that for a nation that pursues ‘Gross Domestic Happiness,’ its people are curiously obsessed with death. And since I am obsessed about happiness, then it follows that I am obsessed with death too, right? So, one day, I […]

August 1, 2019

My Status: In A Relationship


Featured, Musings, Relationships

My friend and I look forward to Saturdays. That’s our long run day. That’s the day I write in our workout worksheet: Long run at a conversational pace only. After a week of pushing each other to run faster, we love our Saturday when we run at our own pace with nothing else but the […]

July 27, 2019

Say Hi To The Star Whisperer


Books

About 29 days ago, I promised my friend I would write a novel. I didn’t think I would meet that promise. I told all of you that I would write 75,774 words. I didn’t think I could. Yet, here I am. Bleary-eyed. Utterly drained. Exhausted. Enervated. Yet…after 29 days of frenetic writing, the ‘The Star […]

May 26, 2019

Following In Cheryl Strayed’s Footsteps. Almost


Musings, Travel

Of all the movies I have seen (probably more than 1,000 by now), this is the opening scene I remember the most. Reese Witherspoon, who plays Cheryl Strayed in this movie, is shown sitting on a rock. The sweat is pouring down her shirt, as she slowly removes her shoes. The camera pans to her […]

May 12, 2019