Remembering My Brother


Musings, Relationships

It’s almost evening here in Bangalore. The day has been overcast with a few patches of sunshine. It’s time for the part of the day I look forward to – my Skype “sessions” with Travelling Birdy. But when she calls me in tears today because of something awful that had happened, I react as I […]

June 21, 2018

Meeting My Adopted Son


Musings, Relationships

The entrance to the St. Joseph’s college auditorium in Bangalore’s upscale Shantinagar was packed with vehicles. I had parked my car further down the road and I just waded in through the throng of visitors. Friendly volunteers guided me to the auditorium in front of which chair were set up. Kids were milling around. Adults […]

May 27, 2018

When Grief Casts A Soft Glow


Musings, Relationships

May 9th marked six months without my darling Pluto. Six months of grief. Six months of missing something that I didn’t know I would miss like this. Six months of a loss that never would pass away, but which wise people tell, and which I know from experience only subsides into a dull fist of […]

May 15, 2018

The Lost Art Of Conversation


Musings, Relationships

I don’t talk much on the phone. That’s what I used to say before I stopped using messaging tools like What’s App. Since then, I have been making an effort to pick up the phone when someone calls me. Smile. Yesterday, I got off the phone after talking to a friend living in The Netherlands, […]

April 3, 2018

How I Learned To Block And Feel Yucky


Musings, Relationships

Dear Friend, My dearest reader, that heading is one of the most un-poetic ones I have ever written, isn’t it? I have accomplished some notorious things in the course of the past one month. As with everything, there are no layers I hide from here. What You Read Is What You Get From Me. By […]

March 23, 2018

The Worst Lesson of 2017


Reflections on 2017, Relationships

Stage 1 : The stage of wondrous discoveries Stage 2 : The name-calling and the abuse begins Stage 3 : The glorious comeback Stage 4 : The abrupt, anger-filled end Stage 1 The stage of wondrous discoveries When I met DR online last year in February, I was entering a new phase in life – […]

November 22, 2017

Where Is The Ikigai In My Life?


Musings, Relationships

The other day, I came across an article that mentioned ikigai. Having been to Japan last year and having fallen in love with the country, I was intrigued. What is Ikigai? According to Wikipedia: As I dug deeper, I realized that ikigai has exploded into the world recently, much like hygge. Scores of articles now […]

October 1, 2017

In Memory – 11 July


Relationships

Many years ago, on this day, I came home from school to find a crowd in front of my house. As I got out of my friend’s Ambassador car, my stomach churned. Surely, this gathering could not be a friendly family get-together. It wasn’t. As I was about to open the gate, my sister’s sister-in-law […]

July 11, 2017