September 3, 2013


One year ago, today I stepped into the minaret shaped door of my current firm, having returned to the city I grew up in. I thought it would be tougher. More trying. I’ve been surprised. But despite the odds, the last year has been a good one, I have to say. I’ve not been the most satisfied on the career front. That remains the only sore point. I spent quality time with family. The positive outcome shows on all three of us. I saved a lot of money. Travelled to my heart’s content. I made a couple of friends at work. Not the kind that I left behind in India….

June 5, 2013

Day 5# My Friend, the Blogger.

Personally, I have never really had a problem with public display of emotions. So this one is pretty easy – and actually, pending for a while. Today’s challenge is to write about a blogger friend or a real life friend. I’m blessed to know both in one person. My first memory of her is one at the SIMC campus in Lavale, getting off a four-wheel drive with her iPod shuffle clipped to her jeans’ pocket – I instantly remembered the girl I had seen and spoken little to, on the Orkut and Facebook group for students of the incoming batch. Being in the same batch brought us together somehow, through…

June 3, 2013

30 Days of June

Challenges are important. And God knows, I definitely need them. For almost a year now, I’ve started to grow into a person that I would have never associated with. And nobody knows better than me that things have to change soon.  Taking charge, in an attempt to spice things up, I’m taking the 30-day blog challenge. It might get overwhelming for me, and spam the feeds of the precious few who keep an eye out on this space – but I quite like the questions (picked up from this  fabulous blog, and I have taken the liberty to edit a little), and I’m hoping to keep the content original and…

December 20, 2012

3 | 12: Twelve Favourite Blog Posts

The blog has increasingly become a very important part of who I am. Sometimes when I get to work, the first thing I do after opening Microsoft Outlook is log into to see whether there are new posts on my reader, and then I proceed to cheer myself with the fact that someone from Sweden visited The Orange Tree. Wonder what he/she was looking for. My blog is my friend. It provides solace in times when my mind is not at peace, makes me laugh on bad days, reminds me of the good times and gives me strength to imagine that the best is yet to come! Then there…

November 30, 2012

November Rains

Hardly anything makes me more happy than rains. I had been thinking that the year’s hundredth post should be about something happy. Somehow, the message got through, and after weeks of the Met Department predicting unstable weather, it finally poured this evening. And I found my subject. It always rains in Muscat on Fridays. I wonder why. Maybe its Mother Nature’s way of saying that this week too, shall pass 🙂 When there is rain, a droplets picture must be taken.

October 14, 2012


I happened to go through some old posts yesterday and came across the first one I had ever written here. I realised that I’ve been writing for over three years.  Over the years, I have been rather regular. Probably missed a month or two in the middle when work was crazy, but mostly, anything significant in the last few years has been carefully documented. I have Richa to thank, for coming down to my room at the hostel in Lavale and helping me setup and get started. I read her blog religiously over a year before I decided to start my own. I also have her to thank for being one of…

August 26, 2009

The Orange Tree

I exist here. It took me quite a while to do so. A lot of thinking and even more help from a friend who came to the room to coach me on shutter speed. Ever since I had been introduced to blogging, I have read many, followed some and deserted several others. This is a new beginning, I almost feel like an entrepreneur! All these years the diary has been the guardian. The happenings, moments of happiness, grievances, excitement, anger and hurt had but just one avenue. The year 2009 brought with itself many a new learning, things which will be long etched in memories. An Orange Tree will be…