Meeting Guan Yin

Featured, Musings

On Saturday, I wrote about happiness and harmony, and the three values that I believe will enhance happiness. It has been a week since I have had time to think about what I value and realize that I was living in an illusion of the past, a past that no longer represented the extraordinary future […]

July 8, 2018

Courage: The First Value

Featured, Musings, Relationships

Many years ago, in 2011, I met a friend, Vishy, in a Mexican restaurant in Chennai while I was running around organizing the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra’s first-ever performance in the city. (Oh yes! I have had a wonderfully diverse career!). As we spoke over tacos, I told my friend that I want to live my […]

July 7, 2018

Old Time; Old Journeys


Just like that, six months of this year are over. I laugh at the ease with which time flows, and we flow into it, thinking it lasts. Last year, at this time, I was super excited about my friend’s arrival from Ireland. The countdown had begun, and it was all I could think of. This […]

July 1, 2018

Meeting Myself


I had been grumpy and irritated with the consulting work I do for The Hindu Group. There were things that I wanted to be done and done fast given that I work only a few hours for them in a day. Over the course of my now 16 years of work life, one of the […]

June 26, 2018

Finding Happiness


One of my good friends in the US sent me a mail last evening that began like this: “M—-s back is feeling better, but she is Goin g to have surgery on it in a few weeks, we were rear ended and our car was totalled, the guy didn’t have insurance, our insurance paid us […]

June 24, 2018

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

A Rainbow Is The Universe Saying Hi


I believe in synchronicity. I always have. Of late, I have been going through this phase where I see parallel numbers often. The 07:07s or 11:11s or 09:09s. This happens several times during the day. I think of a person and suddenly that person’s name flashes across on the street sign or billboard or on […]

June 17, 2018

Where Do I Admit My Flaws?


I reconnected with a good man last weekend – a disconnection that had been orchestrated by me, and the reconnection equally orchestrated by me. That man was completely gracious in accepting my craziness and was undeniably kind in his response. Today, I sat in the absolutely lovely surroundings of the NGMA (National Gallery of Modern […]

June 10, 2018

A Fall For Time


Picture this. It’s a cloudy, overcast morning in Bangalore. There is a hint of rain in the air and it is refreshingly pleasant at 21 degrees Celsius. I am a bit late for my run. It’s 6:45AM. I had spent an inordinate time looking out of my window today. I look at my phone, wondering […]

June 1, 2018