November 15, 2013


The sky is a shade of crimson The winds are so strong that people are running for cover The lightning cracking down like a whip And the thunder is growling back in response The calm before the storm has passed The rains are here. The once or twice a year ones. How can I not rejoice? Tried to not waste too much time today attempting to capture the perfect lightning strike shot Went up to the terrace and got soaked to the bone Ah, joy. 

July 23, 2013


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, 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…

April 24, 2013


Seventeen years of living in this country and I haven’t experienced weather like this. I guess I am overdoing the droplet pictures and the thunderstorm videos. It is so difficult to resist.  Roads are blocked. Wadis are overflowing. There is chaos.  All because of a night of constant precipitation.  At 6 am today, one could easily have mistaken the view out my window as a hill station.  I plugged in Advaita’s ‘Ghir Ghir’ on my way to work. While I was walking to the health club this afternoon, it almost felt like I was in Sushant Lok during the monsoons. Nothing can stop me beaming 🙂 6am Droplets. I’m thinking…

March 26, 2013

Old Melodies

Just last night, the skies grew dark and bolts of lightning glimmered through the clouds – marking the last rains of the season, and the incoming summer.  Perfect time to sit on my rocking chair and hum some of my favourite songs of old, while listening to the low rumbling outside my window.  While I grew up, I heard little to none of these songs – wasn’t a huge TV culture at home. But once I moved to India, owing to the radio and the age of remixes, it was ensured that I knew the lyrics and melodies to some of the classics.  My top five, from the golden era…

February 12, 2013

Dilli In Transit

Apart from the weddings, this was the part of the trip I was most looking forward to. Never thought I would be this excited to be back in Delhi NCR. My time spent there was the nicest among all the days.  This is what I did: # Got a haricut. At Bella Madonna, Galleria. Loved it.  # Had breakfast by myself at my most favourite place in Gurgaon – Sakley’s Forest Cafe # Went to my old office. Experienced a strange feeling walking through those doors. Sat at my old desk. Sipped on lemon tea courtesy Shankar Bhaiya. Met a lot of people I had left behind. Exchanges numerous hugs…

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 20, 2012


Isn’t it almost magical when something you least expect comes to life? It was an identical emotion when dark clouds appeared out of the blue and there were raindrops on my head this Thursday. Like I have told many, seeing a cloud cover used to prompt us to ask for a ‘free period’ in school.  The magnitude of actual precipitation can be imagined. Rumbling thunder, cracks of lightning, subtle showers.  Makes for any family in Oman to run the three flights of stairs to the terrace and take pictures. Mine is no different.  Amongst all my excitement, I also managed to click this picture.  In the middle of the Arabian peninsula, such weather…

August 21, 2012


I concur with Mr. Marley. I feel this more than ever because the childhood has been stripped of it. People around me cringe at the sight of an overcast or the rumbling of thunderclouds. The joy I feel is beyond description. So when I stepped out in Calcutta today and it rained cats and dogs, I could not help myself from flinging away the umbrella and soaking up the showers. Half an hour I walked the streets on my own, tasting the pure water and feeling them cleanse me. There’s hardly a feeling more satisfying.

August 8, 2012


Over a year ago, I had first heard of Instagram and seen what filters can do to seemingly boring photographs. After my recent rendezvous with the mind-blowing iPhone I have actually spent some quality time with the app and it is safe to say that I’m an Instagram addict! Captures from the season through the #instagram lens 🙂 Droplets! My favourite! View from an auto-rickshaw Rear-view Brolly and wet tiles Enroute…

July 30, 2012


It seems like the rains might finally be here. There is a perpetual overcast and frequent drizzles. I’m in my happiest frame of mind. I’ve also recently discovered ‘Advaita’ – they were playing live at the Olympics Opening Ceremony screened at the British High Commissioner’s Residence. Among the madness, I stood still for a moment and listened to their lead vocalist. This is my recent favourite from them, reflecting the mood of the season. It reminded me strongly of a monsoon raga that I loved and sang while I learned the Indian classical vocals. Surreal.