Jiali Fu


That’s Carrefour in Chinese. A short 1-km walk from the university gates, and there it was. It being a Monday, there was not much of a crowd. Our purpose in walking here was to find a towel, or maojin as it is called in Chinese. A bath towel, if you please. What I like about […]

February 22, 2011

Wenshu Yuan


Today morning dawned…well, no different from the other yesterdays. Chengdu seems to be almost always dreary. I haven’t seen a blue sky yet. Dark. Grey. A hint of rain. Damp. That is about it for the weather. I wonder what job a weather forecaster would have here. Weather forecast for tomorrow? Wet, cold and chance […]

February 20, 2011

Hot and Cold


It’s around 8 degrees Celsius. My fingers move slowly across the keyboard. There is no heating in this room apart from an AC. I sit  here, clad in my full-length jacket. Outside, the sky is gray. This is Chengdu. This is where I am – at the university studying Chinese. For the next 4 months, […]

February 19, 2011

Standing Against Time


Standing Against Time, originally uploaded by soulmuser. Sometimes, on days when the sky turns too blue…I look at one or two photos, and it makes me happy to think that I was there once too. Standing together, me and the temple – waiting to turn time not knowing that it had turned already.

February 13, 2011

Endings and Beginnings


A few years ago – was it almost 6 or 7 years ago? – when I left China I wrote to a good friend of mine about the ending of one stay – she wrote back saying that all endings are beginnings. It stuck in my head. Just as one thing turns over to an […]

February 12, 2011

Some Days Are Like This Only


I have had a very happening day. It’s odd how we spend days together seemingly closeted in a little space of inaction, and then there are days like today where it seems that all of life’s clowns have gathered together to pull your ears and twist your elbows and dive their fingers through your nose. […]

January 10, 2011



Yesterday, one of my good friends, Birdy, did something absolutely amazing. No, she didn’t fly to the Moon and back. She did something better than that. She reached out to an ex-friend. What’s amazing about that? It is. I am in awe. Physical acts are hard to perform. We all admire the ones who run […]

January 8, 2011

I Hate Saturday


Every Saturday. I just hate them. I can’t recall the last time I was happy on a Saturday. Some of the worst things in my life have happened on a Saturday. Hell, I was born on a Saturday! Can’t get worse than that! I like the Indian name for Saturday – Shani Var. I think […]

November 20, 2010

Peeping into the Past. Or Whereabouts.


I had the most delicious weekend. The sort of weekend that leaves you gooey inside, like molten cheese and chocolate. That reminds you that happiness is really within reach. That there can be wonderful people who can enrich your moments. Who can turn those moments into life. Among the many moments this weekend provided, one […]

October 19, 2010

When To Give an Arse


I think I detect a subtle shift in my inherent body mechanism. We come to grips with life armed with some practiced responses. Conditioned reactions. Throughout we are taught to control. As a kid, we are told, “now, stop crying.” And we learn. We try not to cry. We are told to be polite and […]

October 9, 2010