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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Meeting Guan Yin

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On Saturday, I wrote about happiness and harmony, and the three values that I believe will enhance happiness. It has been a week since I have had time to think about what I value and realize that I was living in an illusion of the past, a past that no longer represented the extraordinary future […]

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Courage: The First Value

Featured, Musings, Relationships

Many years ago, in 2011, I met a friend, Vishy, in a Mexican restaurant in Chennai while I was running around organizing the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra’s first-ever performance in the city. (Oh yes! I have had a wonderfully diverse career!). As we spoke over tacos, I told my friend that I want to live my […]

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The Best Reads Of December 2018


Books

The last month of 2018 went by in a rush as did the whole of the year. Well, who cares about 2018? The Gregorian calendar! Despite having the Chinese New Year, and our own Indian celebrations of a new year, we follow this old Gregorian calendar. Greg who? Anyway, it doesn’t matter. Shouldn’t matter. Because […]

January 14, 2019

The Strange Case Of 774


Musings

It’s a typically cold Bangalore morning when I step out for my Sunday 10k run. The area around my home is dotted with little hills, creating steep uphill roads that make a mockery of my calves and knees. As I huff and puff my way up, anxiously looking for the point where the road slopes […]

January 4, 2019

The Best Reads Of November 2018


Books

A writer, they say, writes for an audience. We are supposed to be intrinsically vain. We are doomed if we have no audience. In today’s world, that audience has expanded to having a social media ‘following.’ Can you imagine how many more plays Shakespeare would have written if he had an audience on Instagram? Imagine […]

December 31, 2018

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 […]

December 23, 2018

What I Read In October 2018


Books

It’s that time of the year when you see ‘Top 10’ or ‘Top 100’ lists everywhere. I usually like these lists. I know. I know. I don’t sound like someone who likes listicles – but hey, I am a content manager, after all. How can I not love lists? It’s incredible, though, that this year […]

November 25, 2018

Redemption Finally: Meeting Nandish


Musings

Sometimes, it’s really about time. The right time. About 1.5 years ago, I had cringed when I hadn’t been generous when faced with someone in need. Since that May of 2017, I have gone through so many different situations when I have had opportunities to be generous, kind, and compassionate, and yet found myself wearing […]

November 13, 2018

The Joy Of Mindful Running


Musings

This post is dedicated to the wonderful SR, the human mama of Spikey the Flower-Loving Dog, who even if I forget reminds me to “Look at the moon now!” or “See the skies!” Thank you for showing me that moments like these exist last week. The other day, in my post about the wonderful Nandish, […]

November 3, 2018

What I Read In September


Books

Isn’t time just rolling its merry wand by? It’s hard to believe that in two months we will see the end of yet another year. Where would 2019 take us? Would this world that seems so chaotic this year finally settle into a beautiful eternal colored sky of peace? If I could describe my reading […]

October 27, 2018

Meet Nandish: Who Makes Me See


Musings, Relationships

Last year in April, I was on Bangalore’s Metro train to MG Road, on my way to a meeting. As the train pulled out of Cubbon Park station, a visually impaired young lad got in. Someone scrambled to make way for him. He was on the phone. I glanced at my Kindle, waiting for the […]

October 18, 2018