Finding priorities


Everyday, while performing mundane tasks, such as doing the dishes, I open the YouTube App on my phone, and allow it it show me videos that it has learned to curate for me. For the most part, the app gets it right -- US-based late-night political comedies and TED talks. Today, this talk popped up … Continue reading Finding priorities

A whole new world


(Continued from "We'll draw a green thumb") I watched my father-in-law poke a few holes into the bag with the screwdriver. He left it in the corner, and turned around to find me in a happy daze. Here I was fretting about the lack of an actual ground. 'One can't possibly compost without a hole … Continue reading A whole new world

Circular Dependency


On a hot and sultry Sunday, I step out to go to the market. It seems like it's been a long time since I've seen the local roads. Perhaps it has. In the daily hustle and rush to the workplace, subtle things go unnoticed. Of course the roads are nothing subtle really. One misstep, and … Continue reading Circular Dependency

Stop


I read a blog post today that, at first, irritated me. I typed out a comment, pointing out that the article had a sectarian and elitist outlook. Then I stopped myself. I stopped because I felt it would be useless. I have come to believe that certain thoughts are ingrained in our sub conscious, and … Continue reading Stop

Welcome view


I wanted to write about the stereotypical portrayal of Rajasthan - a traditionally attired instrumentalist, strumming his Ravanhatta and playing Raag Maand and perhaps the most popular, and misinterpreted Rajasthani folk song "Kesariya Balam". But I'll shut up this one time, and sit with the Rajput royals and look out for the monsoon clouds atop … Continue reading Welcome view

Unacceptable


Sometimes, there are things we may like to do that are completely unacceptable to social norms. And so we avoid it. For many, that is the way of life - to live someone's version of life. Sometimes, that someone is a voice within us, fooling us into believing we're in control. What happens when you … Continue reading Unacceptable

Payasam for the independent Indian


On 15th of August 1947, the British left India. Atleast that's what we like to believe. Consider the following: At a geopolitical level, we stand fragmented, perhaps permanently disabled, fighting against our neighbours, with whom we share a common heritage. At an institutional level, we inherited a corrupt bureaucracy that mostly enjoys fat salaries for … Continue reading Payasam for the independent Indian

Music on the move


Of all my childhood memories, our Saturday routine has perhaps left the biggest imprint. Every Saturday, we went to the Vinayak Temple and the adjoining market at Sarojini Nagar. Appa drove his old Premier Padmini - we used to call it the Fiat - on the near empty roads. The FM radio in the car was … Continue reading Music on the move

Rain Dance


One of the jokes we've been cracking about Gurgaon for many years, is that just pouring a glass of water on the road is enough to cause a traffic snarl. So when the clouds above rained down, it came as no surprise that the city of Gurgaon virtually came to a standstill. With vehicles stuck … Continue reading Rain Dance

If winter is here…

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Delhi's winters used to be chilly*, with icy weather in the peak season of mid December to mid January. But over the past few years, the winter season has become shorter and shorter - no thanks to global warming. This year was a huge disappointment. The New Year was exceptionally warm with many people giving … Continue reading If winter is here…