November 20, 2013

Imagine Dragons

I know several people who devote a substantial time of their lives to YouTube – watching the most diverse array of things. It really is a phenomenon. While I’m not among them, I scout for new music there at times. Click on random videos and sometimes discover some really stirring stuff. This Las Vegas group was among these chance discoveries. I was listening to some Snow Patrol favourites and one of the suggested videos was ‘Demons’ by a band called ‘Imagine Dragons’. I gave it a chance listen and was immediately gripped: A few days later, I Shazam-ed another really catchy number from the radio and found them again. This time…

November 17, 2013

Rapid fire!

Running a little low on self-fuelled inspiration, I’m taking up a NaBloPoMo prompt (Your cue to laugh at the acronym again – go ahead).  I picked this up from Milan’s blog – she’s also doing the thirty day challenge J Apparently, American talk show host James Lipton asks these ten questions on his show – Inside the Actors’ Studio – and I’m going to answer them with as little thought as I can manage. What is your favourite word? I thought of this one while doing the Akshay V. quiz on the Brooklyn Bridge (More on that later) The first thing that had come to my mind was ‘Panacea’ –…

November 13, 2013

Do Kindness!

Yesterday was ‘World Kindness Day’ – something that I have frankly never heard of before. Have you? So when Rebecca, my colleague sent me a ‘Thank You’ email for several things including my ‘general niceness’, I couldn’t help but ponder about why we don’t do this more often. I think kindness is a very under-estimated and rather ignored virtue. I don’t hear people teaching their children to be kindhearted, neither is it ever mentioned as one of the top-ranking aspirational values. If you ask anyone about what is a trait that they’re really proud of – I think you will be surprised to hear that kindness will hardly make the…

November 13, 2013

A New Backpack

2013 has been so good to me Had to pack my bags every couple of months The travel folder in my Mailbox has been alive and kicking Almost exhausted myself writing travelogues I’ve had to fight opinions and advice about spending on travels. And this is exactly what I had to tell them. I’ve already got a couple of ideas for the next year: Buy a new backpack Meet some people I haven’t seen for a while Go somewhere by myself Take another trip with close friends, if it works out See some more snow Pay someone a surprise visit perhaps And maybe even Latin America, who knows… Yes, I…

November 12, 2013

Happiness Is…

I’m sure we’ve all been inundated by the ‘Happiness Is…’ posts on Facebook – little things that make people happy demonstrated by a cartoon representation.  While I didn’t associate with most because several of them were personally generated. For example: Happiness is… having confidence to take over the world. Not.  Trying to stay close to reality here, here are a couple of things that make me happy. Unconditionally happy.  So, to me – happiness is… – Sitting alone in a cafe with a book and my thoughts. Of course the right company only adds  – Floating with eyes shut in a pool when there’s no one around – Thunderstorms –…

November 11, 2013

Verity

Saw this somewhere once while browsing through the multiple social media networks. It’s been on my phone ever since. Don’t you think it to be true?

November 10, 2013

Person Of Interest

Lately, I’ve been overdosing on television shows.  I used to be faithful to good old Criminal Minds, and flirt with Game of Thrones for a bit and then follow it up with Lie to Me, with a hint of Bones thrown in.  Now I’m all over the place.  Afraid to finish Criminal Minds and Bones, thinking what would happen once I got to the end, halfway through the first season of Elementary, waiting the endless wait for Season 3 of Sherlock while hoping for House of Cards to get their act together and bring back Kevin Spacey and the hot Robin Wright, disturbed by what was happening to Carrie in…

November 9, 2013

Don’t!

Don’t trust so easy Don’t wait by the phone Don’t fall too fast Don’t tell people how you feel Don’t draw the curtains Don’t let go of reality Don’t play Secret Santa Don’t intrude Don’t dream and say ‘Maybe, this could be it’ Don’t play that song on loop Don’t read that message and smile to yourself Don’t nurse the hurt Don’t give yourself away Don’t even think about it.

November 8, 2013

Grown Ups

I’ve been thinking about growing up.  It was so much simpler in our time… Small joys and smaller expectations. Pagers and facsimile instead of cell phones and email.  Smaller rooms.  More affection.  Last night I was asked to go to one of those get-togethers that are organised by the cultural enthusiasts here. I’ve successfully avoided them for over a year and a half, but this time I was sent an invite and reminder on Facebook { 😮 }, hence I thought it would be only impolite to try and skip it.  I went there prepared for a couple of hours of mind numbing boredom and despicable casual conversation in the…

November 6, 2013

The Movies

Yesterday I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to go out with my colleague, Abdullah. He lives by himself and drives to the UAE almost every weekend – and when he doesn’t – he asks if we would like to do something, but my laziness and driving guilt have always engulfed me.  So when we decided to watch Captain Phillips, I felt a positive oddness at the act of booking movie tickets online. Then I remembered why. The last movie I had watched at the cinemas was The Hobbit – Part 1, way back in December last year.  Not only was I stunned, I felt really awful about it.  A year and…