June 30, 2013

Day 30# ‘Let Go’

My, time has flown past. It seemed like just the other day that I was endeavouring to start this month-long challenge to make things more interesting on the blog, and here I am on day thirty.  Today’s topic is to share my thoughts on letting go. I think I’ve said more than enough in the past. About the inability and constant struggle to be successful at this.  A few days ago I came across a quote, and it shed new light on the subject. Herman Hesse said, “Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.” So instead of trying to collect and populate…

June 28, 2013

June 29 | Three Decades

The first vivid memory that most of us probably have is time with our parents. And hence, in theme with today’s topic I am also able to write about two wonderful people that I have been blessed to be able to call my mother and father.  1983. Then.  2013. Now. On the 29th of June, 1983 they were married in a quiet ceremony in Calcutta. I have been a part of most of their journey afterwards and have seen them live the years, with an open heart, a smile on their faces and absolute strength.  I have heard stories from them about the time when they did not even have…

June 27, 2013

Day 28# WWW.

The internet universe. The answer to almost every question minds can perceive. A constant source of entertainment. At times when all has been down, a funny image on Facebook or a video of brides falling into their wedding cakes has provided solace. While in Delhi, I maintained a little folder of images I fell in love with, that I came across on the world wide web. Most of them are now on Pinterest, but here are half a dozen of my favourites: Because I love bokeh. Photographer unknown. Because I can never forget Robert Peraza kneeling in front of his son’s name at the 9/11 memorial. Unimaginable grief. Photograph by Associated…

June 27, 2013

Day 27# Food For The Soul

A friend has recently started a Tumblr Blog about favourite music (It’s a great read and listen – should check it out!), and I did this one for her, with the top three I could think of, at that instant – but since I find it very difficult to pick the music I love best, here is an all new list of five songs/ music pieces that bring back memories, and I will always keep close. Michael Jackson’s ‘Black or White’. Back in the 90’s, when Baba had brought home the first Bose Dolby Digital 5.1 surround system, this used to be played at almost ‘Are you nuts’ volume, while…

June 26, 2013

Day 26# The British Bond

This news took India by storm, and articles have been making the rounds ever since it was made known by the mainstream media.  Firstpost.com published this report – a witty and sarcastic take on the issue.  Despite London being one of my favourite cities (among the ones I have visited yet), I feel angered enough to promote what the author, Sandip Roy has to say about having to pay a £3000 bond in order to be allowed entry into the United Kingdom.  I cannot understand how tourists can be asked to pay an equivalent of INR 277,000 over and above visa fees to step into UK territory. The implications on…

June 25, 2013

Day 25# Blessings. Something I was told, I might never forget

This one took an unnatural amount of thinking. I cannot explain why. And even now, I’m not sure if what I’m about to write about is actually something that I will never forget – but its the closest it will get.  Picture a Bengali wedding, or just any Indian wedding. Loads of relatives. Total chaos.  I love weddings. Even more when its in the family, and I can be completely involved in everything.  In one such occasion a few years ago, I had made myself particularly useful (something I love doing) – with organising and helping get things in place. Towards the end of the week long celebrations, one of…

June 24, 2013

Day 24# The Worst In Me…

Not to sound conceited or anything, but I’ve always had people tell me nice things about myself. Either I really am pretty awesome, or am surrounded by very kind people.  Since I have little experience being told of my negatives, the three below are mostly my observations: # I overspend. I find it really difficult to save money. Whenever I have a sufficient amount in the account, I cannot seem to keep it. My father has always told me the importance of being prudent with finances, but I think I need more time, or a jolt (I hope not) to actually implement it.  # I am overtly emotional and sensitive….

June 23, 2013

Day 23# We Don’t Need No Education

Personally, I love learning new things and even text book education has sometimes intrigued me. Not being one of the 90+ mark achieving students in school, and having received judgemental scorns from family members about my average grades, I’ve had a thing or two to say about the school education I received. All rote and no learn was never my thing. Anyway – on a lighter note, there are a LOT of things that school doesn’t teach us. Actually, those are the things that no one can teach us – we just have to step into the world and see its mysteries unravel. So here are the top-of-my-mind four things…

June 22, 2013

Day 22# Soapbox Saga

In all honesty – I believe that when one is given a free ticket to rant, giving it up would be complete stupidity.  *Clears throat* I could have used this opportunity to speak about the rubbish economic situation of West Bengal, or even how I feel very strongly about people who refuse to ban shark fin soup, or take it a step forward and share my thoughts on how so many countries are so lax about recycling.  But I’m going to go selfish on this one and write about something that I face frequently, in dealing with people in today’s world – relationships for convenience. Diseased by thinking from the…

June 21, 2013

Day 21# Yours Truly

It happens once in a while, that something that you happen to write seems to resonate with others and reflect a thought in the wholeness of the feeling. These are six posts which I have written in happiness, peace, anger, confusion or a concoction of all of the same. Whenever I read them, I feel like I’m doing something worthwhile, on this platform. Keep Calm & Carry On – about the white text on the red background, that means so much more than just something printed on a key chain or a coffee mug. The Elusive Divine – my thoughts on God and varying perceptions of him that I have…