When Life Is A Messy Openness


Musings

Every now and then, I come across moments that shine with irradiance, that mock my cynicism, that glitter with the fragile wings of lost hope, that move me even when I think I have ceased to feel.  Saturdays are usually my long run days. I hadn’t gone on a really long run since running the […]

November 9, 2019

The Art Of Saying No And Why I Struggle With It


Musings

The other day, a friend dropped in from Mumbai and asked if I could meet him the next day. My answer was curt and unlike what I usually respond with. I said, “No. I am busy.” After I sent the message, I sat a while, looking at it. The message looked rather forbidding, casting a […]

November 4, 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


Musings

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

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

Writing A Novel In 30 Days


Musings

Thirty days to write a book. A book that hopefully people will want to read. That’s the crazy target I have been set. And I thought this insane target-setter was my friend. Little did I know, you crazy woman. This is what I get when I ask innocently, “So, what are you giving me for […]

April 26, 2019