August 23, 2018

August in the Midwest 🏜

I’m quite aware that I am probably one of the 12 people in the world who still use the Swarm (erstwhile Foursquare) app. But this morning it reminded me that it had been a year to the day that I hopped on a plane to begin what was going to be a slightly modified version of the great American road trip that I had always dreamed of. On the anniversary of this amazing trip, I thought it was finally time to chronicle. I was going to be joined by my friend and full-time savior Shuting, and we were going to travel through an expanse of the mid-West, starting from Nevada,…

October 27, 2017

Minnesota Nice

One of the first fun memories I have, after moving to the States was the July fourth trip that I took to Minneapolis. It began not very different from several memorable trips I’ve taken – it started with a Google chat ping. I was a part of a conversation between Akshay V. and his childhood friend (and someone I’d heard loads about from common friends), Tulika where they were discussing how I would be transported to Minnesota for the long weekend. I attempted to punctuate with rationales to decline such as I was on a student budget – but before I knew it, there were tickets in my inbox. So,…

May 28, 2017

From May to May…

I can barely remember what I was feeling, this time last year. I recall a vague anxiety with a pinch of excitement. But that’s about it. But I know for sure that today marks a whole year of me moving away from home to live in the United States. A year that has been oddly educating and definitely humbling. I…missed being amidst loved ones during festivals, family dinners and important occasions for the extended family. Understood that America is quite different from what the movies and soaps want us to believe. Had my heart broken into a million pieces. Got involved in deep conversations with almost strangers sitting on wooden…

May 22, 2013

The American Sojourn!

So it has been a week that I returned from the States and I’m not even close to wearing off the jet lag. Now that I’m actually feeling more like myself, an account is necessary. So where shall I start… Reetika, Richa and I know each other from the time that we went to college at SCMS-UG – around the time that the iPod classic first generation was in vogue. Through three years of gruelling education, living it up in Pune, marking proxy attendance in class, study and sleepover sessions, birthday acquisition trips and feasting on the Smokey Chicken Wrap from the corner wrap store –Wrap Around – we made it…

April 18, 2013

May In The Big Apple!

So, I’ve refrained from writing about my upcoming trip because I have seen so many such well planned occasions sink into nothingness.  But two weeks away from landing into New York City, I think I’m ready.  My Google Drive has never had more documents, the WhatsApp icon the phone seldom stops buzzing owing to the group chat and my inbox is spotted with purple stars.  Yes, I’m good to go. Air tickets to NYC and back ✓ The New York Pass paid for ✓ Booked the SATC tour (I am going with the girls who I first watched the series with!) ✓ Jitney to the Hamptons ✓ Flights to Vegas! ✓ ‘Zarkana’ by Cirque Du Soleil…

November 24, 2012

Not Just Jazz By The Bay

When the heart’s feeling heavy. When the sky is a hint of endless blue. When you can feel the warm October sun on your skin. When you’re having a conversation with the almost empty wine glass and that last cigarette. When you walk through a glade and see names carved in trees. When your heart flutters to the phone ringing. When you dream of meadows. That’s when you will hum along to her rustic voice.