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

Those That Grow Best


Featured, Short Stories

It was a shy afternoon in Koramangala, then one of Bangalore’s ‘emerging’ areas, when I first met Saanvi. I never considered myself gangly, having acquired corners in all the right and wrong places from an early age, but Saanvi was. With her short hair and long limbs, she towered over me. I was never sure […]

February 15, 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 Friendship


Featured, Relationships

What really is friendship? The dictionary says it is the state of being friends. I met a good friend a couple of Saturdays ago and I left her crying. No. Not what you think. I am not a monster all the time. I had been speaking with this friend (and you know who you are, […]

January 19, 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

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

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