My Word For 2017


Reflections on 2016

I had been staring at this prompt for a while now. It took me an hour of staring and mindless browsing before the word for 2017 came to me. Faith. I want this to be my word for 2017. Faith that the Universe will continue to be kind. Faith to believe in dreams. Faith that […]

December 31, 2016

Thank You For…


Reflections on 2016

Gratitude. It’s a strange word, this. It has received an explosion in popularity over the last decade and more. We have gratitude meditation, gratitude journals, and even courses that teach you the art of gratitude. Gratitude has been proven to be a happiness expander. The more we have things we are grateful for, the happier […]

December 30, 2016

My Wish For 2017


Reflections on 2016

The other day, a friend asked me: What is your dream? I said I dream of earning just enough to travel, to maintain a living where I can provide for my parents, to be able to have the time to read and write, to live without succumbing to the pressures of time. “Those are just […]

December 29, 2016

A Quiet Moment


Reflections on 2016

I had read this prompt early this morning. I thought that I will honor this prompt. I shall spend a quiet moment today. A moment where I will take my book and I will sit in the park outside my apartment on that bench I had been eyeing all these months. Yes, that’s my quiet […]

December 28, 2016

My Smile


Reflections on 2016

I smiled when I saw the prompt for today. This photo of mine was taken in Edinburgh, Scotland in November this year. I was with a much-loved friend after a long time. It was cold but I was warm inside. We had ice cream. And I smiled from my heart.

December 27, 2016

Nourish


Reflections on 2016

What a beautiful word. Nourish. I think of all the possible permutations in sound. Now Rich, if you have a lisp. New Rich, as well. Now Rise, if you want to pronounce it differently. The words all carry the same meaning. I read this in the morning and I thought I should nourish myself. I […]

December 26, 2016

Today Is…


Reflections on 2016

I like ellipses. In informal writing, ellipses are used to indicate a trailing-off thought or to express hesitation or an unsaid thought. I have always overused ellipses. When I saw the prompt for today, I wanted to laugh because I don’t have to write anything more after these three dots. The ellipses say it all. […]

December 25, 2016

Traditions


Reflections on 2016, Travel

I tried hard to think of something that would resonate with this word. Traditions. I have shirked them all my life. I live in the past too much for me to honor its traditions. I am not a Christian. I am also not much of a Hindu. Religious traditions hold little significance for me. I […]

December 24, 2016

Sparkle


Reflections on 2016

Flowers dozing gently by the wayside or nodding in tune while you ran. The sun winking smiles even as it set. Conversations that lasted into the night with the Universe sleepily providing memories to discuss by. Roads that seemed to stretch forever. Connections that rekindled over an open flame. Glittering dust of yesterdays that marked […]

December 23, 2016

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