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…

October 10, 2012

The Elusive Divine

India is a land of diversity. I often find myself explaining to people how diverse we actually are.   Out of the multitude of languages, cultures, religions and beliefs, what interests me most is how we are able to maintain our secularist nature.   For over years, countries have fought over a religion or two. We have over 35,000 gods in the Hinduism sect. The magnitude of the coexistence is indeed awe-inducing.   Having thought about this subject several times over, I do not consider myself a devout  practitioner of any particular religion. I was born a Hindu and that is what I have grown up with. But never have I…

September 22, 2012

Vienna waits for you.

I’m thinking of the snow-capped Austrian Alps. I’m thinking of the Danube. I’m humming songs from the Sound of Music. I’m picturing the baroque years. I can almost hear Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in the background. I can smell the delicious coffee and sachertortes, coupled with fluent German chatter. I’m slowing down. *** I’m humming Billy Joel; he sings to me… Don’t you know that only fools are satisfied. Dream on – but don’t imagine they’ll all come true. When will you realise, Vienna waits for you.

August 7, 2012

Omnia mea mecum porto

The latest addiction has been in the form of yet another TV show. My dear friend at work Shonali had often quoted the show to be intelligent and fun but I never really had the opportunity to download and watch them. The newly discovered free Wi-Fi at work has made my last few weeks here rather eventful. Bones is an American crime comedy-drama television series that premiered in 2005. The show is based on forensic anthropology and forensic archaeology, with each episode focusing on an FBI case file concerning the mystery behind human remains brought by FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) to the forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance “Bones”…

August 30, 2011

That Feeling

Living in the oblivion that I have, for the past goodness knows how many years, its almost like I have stopped feeling. There are moments when I laugh, others when I find myself melancholy. Some moments just pass by – without creating much of an impact. Nothing seems to have touched my heart for a long long time. This trip home was meant to be special. I had intended it to be. I would get quality time with Baba with the oncoming Eid holidays and I would see Dada. Having being a single child, I have seen the pros and cons of being, well, single. My ideal sibling in my…

July 27, 2011

Paint it Red and Blue

Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar have, for quite a while been making movies which appeal to audiences with absolutely ordinary, even mundane lives to break free; they have been screaming out ‘One life, live it to the fullest’. Be it the original college boys in ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, or the superbly inspiring Hrithik Roshan story in ‘Lakshya’, the musical muses in ‘Rock On!’, to the most recent of bromances in theatres now – there is a strong message embedded in the gentle storytelling, an enviable camaraderie and the most breathtaking of locations which make them must watches and definitive DVD purchases! From the time the movie began, I began to…

January 20, 2011

Jim Reeves

Lyrics dedicated to the state of mind. Who says only love can cause heartbreaks. I’m just on the blue side of lonesomeRight next to the heartbreak hotelIn a tavern that’s known as three teardropsOn a bar stool not doing so well The floor has a carpet of sorrow But no one can weep in the aisle And they say someone broke the bar mirrorWith only the ghost of a smile The hands on the clock never alterFor things never change in this place There’s no present no past, no future We’re the ones who’ve lost in hope’s race. I’m just on the blue side of lonesome..

January 18, 2011

A juvenile, emotional fool

Hugest mistake ever to put your heart into things, more so, be attached to people and hope that they wouldn’t break your heart; Hoping against hope, I make the same mistake over and over to only find the theory proved right, time and again. Trust is dead. Somebody I cared for unconditionally thought me to be a sneak. Several others I thought to be significant misbehave all the time. I do nothing about it. Re-emphasis on the fact that I am a juvenile, emotional fool. My faith is dwindling.

December 19, 2009

The beginning of the end

This blog has been close to extinction. However, a lecture at college today about social media, by a professional from IABS left me rejuvenated. I am back at Pune, at the beginning of the very end of my course. This time in Kolkata was a complete vacation. Most of the time I would find myself on the easy chair facing the new Sony Bravia, poring over the Calcutta Times, attempting to identify the movies on TV. There I would sit myself down with food and drink till it was night. An extremely uneventful internship, and a cousin’s wedding made up the two months which whooshed away without my knowledge. It…