October 9, 2013

Heaven in Helvetica

To be completely honest, while we were planning this trip, Switzerland was the place I was probably least excited about – but it happened to surprise me the most. In almost all the other countries, there were these elaborate lists of things to see – museums, galleries, rivers or just anything that made them stand out. In my head, Switzerland was the place where some Bollywood movies were shot, a lot of rich people lived, and Toblerone was manufactured – didn’t seem all that much to be wound up about.  All of that changed in a jiffy. Where I last left off, we had just consumed unearthly amounts of Black…

September 21, 2013

Paris je t’aime

Destination next was ‘La Ville-Lumière’ or the City of Light, better known to us as Paris! It is a pity that we could only visit the capital city this trip, the whole of the country is so beautiful and full of history, it would need probably a fortnight or more to skim through.   I have absolutely no recollections of the time when I first visited Paris, so was obviously very excited to step foot in this city that had been the centre of European monarchy and power in the 17th century. The legacy of the French kings had always fascinated me, especially that of Louis the fourteenth – who…

July 31, 2013

Until The Very End…

Because sometimes in your life, you get swept away by a story.  An idea that doesn’t stop your eyes from glinting, even as you grow up.  Come every 31st day of the month of July – I am reminded even more of the magic.   J.K. Rowling rightly said that some stories stay with us forever.  Until the very end.  Happy Birthday, Harry Potter.

July 30, 2013

Intense

I don’t like to complete stories. I hang on right till the end.  I’m terrified to detach. Over the past year, I’ve haven’t had too many people to talk to. The ones I did, I’ve told them much more than I should have. Otherwise, to pass the time, I watched movies, listened to music, read books and watched television series. And yes, got attached to some of them. On a related note, I’ve noticed that when I feel overwhelmed, I write. Because I’m unable to get it out any other way. I think it’s a positive approach. Back to topic, I just finished watching the second season of Homeland, on a…

July 23, 2013

RainyMood

The rains have arrived in India. And in the world.  What a beautiful time of the year.  Yes, I will never tire of writing about them.  I’ve been like-ing, Favourite-ing and RT-ing all rain related posts, pictures, songs on all social media platforms. I’ve been staring out at the Sun from my window, in the hope that my message will be received.  So all this afternoon, I have been listening to RainyMood.com, and been in a really cheery frame of mind. I’ve also tried to overlap songs with the sounds of the rain. And my experiment was rewarded by some fabulous results.  Try listening to this song from Maryan, with…

July 19, 2013

Schoep.

Courtesy: Hannah Stonehouse Hudson I had first seen this image a few years ago, and heard this story but thought that it would have probably been one person’s interpretation of a random image of a man playing ball with his dog in a water body. It turns out to be so much more.  I don’t know you if you have heard of Schoep and Unger. If you haven’t I will be very happy to narrate it to you.  John Unger of Bayfield, Wisconsin adopted Schoep, a shepherd mix as a rescue dog nearly 19 years ago. Thirteen years ago, Schoep was diagnosed with severe arthritis and Unger was told that…

July 15, 2013

Roots

Where do you come from? What do you look back to? What will you always remember? After a lot of years have passed. Let us go back. To the times. To the dreams. To the careless laughter. To bruised knees. To the sound of waves. And memories. Roots are important. They define you. That’s why its important to go back to them From time to time. *** आओ, उसे याद करें – जिस नीव पर खड़े.आओ, अब लौट चलें – अपनी जड़ से जुड़ें.                                     Jad Se Judein by Loreal Paris India | For Ma…

July 9, 2013

Getting There

I’m not afraid. Of the dark. Of depths. Or even you. I will wade into rising tides. Sing on a mountain top. Paint the walls yellow. I’m free.                                                                        For Nick & Jess.

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…