How I Am Learning To Love – Myself.

Featured, Musings

“I have become too comfy calling myself a piece of shit worth nothing….no one appreciates the amount of work I do. I look like a fool……..etc etc. I want to come out of this self-pity condition and work on believing myself. Stop depending on external ppl to tell me how good I am, what I […]

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Biggest Change In 2017: Grieving When You Lose Love

Featured, Reflections on 2017, Relationships

Many years ago, back in 2002, I got my first dog, Bambi. She was a senior dog, almost seven or eight years old, and given away by my English professor in college. I didn’t know what I was thinking when I agreed to adopt Bambi. I don’t think I thought much. I didn’t have any […]

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An Ode To My Soulmate: Goodbye Is Not A Word

Featured, Musings, Relationships

am not a person who believes that soulmates are only of the romantic sort. No. To me, soulmates are anyone with whom we have an intense soul connection . Such soul connections are not always easy. Having a soulmate is not about looking at the stars but gazing at the embers in the ashes of […]

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Nostalgia, my Father

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I read the wonderful Bangalore Blue last month by Steven Carvalho. I was so delighted by the nostalgia it evoked that I have been recommending this to anyone I know who loves Bangalore. First, it was my sister. And then, I gave it to my Dad. My father doesn’t read anything apart from a newspaper. […]

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Why I Don’t Trust Doctors


Musings

Trust is a loaded word. Probably, the one word we use the most without really thinking about it. When we are managers, we tell our team, “I trust you to to handle this.” We tell our spouses, “I trust you to be with me always.” We use trust so much that it has lost its […]

April 10, 2018

Why I Meditate


Musings

I spent the last week of March, much like the last week of December year, at a Vipassana retreat. This was a 3-day retreat, much shorter than the 10-day silent retreat. This too requires complete silence with no contact with the outside world. Every time I come back from these sessions, I am always asked: […]

April 8, 2018

The Ugly Art Of Politics At Work


Musings

In my home state of Karnataka, next month is election month. The messy world of politics doesn’t interest me at all. I sometimes think I should be a more committed citizen. I go, stand in the queue, and vote each time. That’s all I do. I am not an activist of the city. I am […]

April 5, 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

What I Read In March


Books

I read a lot in March! I also read a lot with my friend, the two of us setting aside a time together where we Skype but don’t talk – we just read together. From Bangalore to Dublin. It’s been wonderful. It’s been magical. And it’s making me read a lot more! Classics The Autobiography […]

April 1, 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

Little Green Sadness


Musings

I usually work from home most of the days. But on Mondays, I make the commute to Bangalore’s Church Street to visit an office I do consulting work for. I also usually take the Metro, squeezing in with a book amid all the hundreds of office-goers who look suitably grim on a Monday morning. This […]

March 14, 2018

The Vagaries Of The Universe


Books, Musings

I had this sudden instinct last week to just visit some books. Yes, that’s what I call book shopping. I feel that these beloved books, words written by an author who lavished his/her love on them, would languish if no one is around to talk to them. I think of all the thousands of books […]

March 10, 2018

What I Read In February


Books

In February, I read a lot of books with my old friend, Birdy. And it was like the old times – books were what drew us together as friends. There were so many weekends where our idea of fun was to just go to Landmark Stores in Forum Mall, and buy books that we are […]

March 2, 2018

What I Read In January


Books

I had one of the most beautiful beginnings to this year when I spent some time in a cabin in the mountains. And yes, that cabin came with a mini library as well and a cozy reading room to read, overlooking snow-capped peaks, and unlimited cups of warm tea to heat your frozen toes. So, […]

February 17, 2018