A Day of Ordinary – Paper Cups of Moments


Musings

Last evening, it rained heavily in Bangalore. The rain cast sweeping hues of melancholy on my car’s windshield until I stopped and got out of the car, embracing its sweep. Melancholy can serve a twin purpose – it can push you to the darkest corners of your soul, or it can also sweep the darkest […]

April 26, 2017

Just A Walk. Just Another Class.


Everyday, Musings

I have a friend who gently, ever so gently, pushes me to explore boundaries I have drawn a border to, decorated, and felt proud of that design. Almost every other day, that friend gives me a ‘challenge.’ No, these are not the “Do 100 Push-Ups” kind. That wouldn’t be a challenge for me, anyway. But […]

April 1, 2017

Reading Chess Story On Church Street


Musings

Conversation buzzes around me. The occasional drift of cigarette smoke wafts through the air. Music plays softly in the background. I sip a cup of Italian almond tea brimming with notes of subtle bitterness, while I travel on a ship and watch an engrossing chess match between an eccentric chess champion and a mysterious man […]

February 16, 2017

When The Dalai Lama Gets Angry


Musings

A few weeks ago, I was contemplating going to Dharamshala for my year-end vacation. I looked at flights and guesthouses to stay in before changing my mind. I changed my mind when I read that the Dalai Lama rarely gives public talks these days.  When I read that the monk has cut down on his […]

February 4, 2017

The Art of Wu Wei


Featured, Musings

I came across the Chinese phrase, “Wu Wei,” in a book I am reading by Emma Seppala called the “The Happiness Track.” Wu Wei is the heart of Taoist philosophy and roughly translated means “the art of doing nothing.” It can be misinterpreted in many ways, but it does not mean sitting idle. It just […]

January 18, 2017

This Year Was…


Musings, Reflections on 2016

Nine more days to go before this year draws to a close. Over the years, I have tried to spend New Year’s Eve in a new place. I have watched fireworks in Kuala Lumpur and Kathmandu. I have seen the night sky draped with stars in Jordan’s Wadi Rum. I have watched Hong Kong put […]

December 22, 2016

Five Years Ago


Musings, Reflections on 2016

Today is the 17th of December. Five years ago, I muse. That would be the year 2011. Where was I in 2011? I turn the aching creaks of my memory’s already vanishing wheel. That was the year I left another very comfortable job to take a semester learning Mandarin in Chengdu, China. It was to […]

December 17, 2016

On The Ground


Musings, Reflections on 2016

I looked at the prompt. Then, I pushed myself off my chair and lay down on the ground. The floor was cool under my T-shirt, and I could feel the coolness settle in on the bare skin of my legs. The ceiling fan stood motionless. The incandescent light blinked at me steadily, its white light […]

December 8, 2016

Five Things About Me


Musings, Reflections on 2016

Talking about myself has always been one of the hardest things for me. I love listening to people instead. Through them, I get to understand so much more about myself. My struggles to talk about myself also come from decades of battling shyness and low self-esteem. “Why would anyone really be interested in knowing about […]

December 7, 2016

Fave Book Of 2016


Musings, Reflections on 2016

After the Fave Photo of 2016, this next prompt made me grimace. I hate getting into the best of the best lists. Especially, when it comes to books. I read more books this year than the last, almost 52 books at the time of writing this post. Considering that most of this year I spent […]

December 5, 2016