Not a meet cute. A modern day dating app match. Two hours of texting and let’s meet. We hit a pub for lunch. Order a pizza, chicken with cheese, two pints. Smokes. My first cigarette, two, three, five. A single day, single date, all and everything. Roaring sexual tension. Your work is fascinating, you take … Continue reading from a long time ago
*02.46 pm BST* Listening to Lata Mangeshkar's melodious voice singing जीवनात ही घडी अशीच राहु दे, प्रीतिच्या फुलावरी वसंत नाचु दे, जीवनात ही घडी अशीच राहु दे on my earphones. The streets are wet and greasy from the drizzle that hasn't stopped since morning. An old white lady walks towards the bus station in full … Continue reading Hello, from the grey country 🙂
“Oh hello, Mrs Sprightley!” “Oh hello, Sugar!” “Would you like some tea?” “Yes! With a drop of lemon in it.” “Oh! And something to go with it?” “Some cookies, please.” “Cookiesssss? Lovelyyyyyy!" Back in December 2020, when I was still in Mumbai, Komal and I would enact this famous exchange from K3G in a British … Continue reading The cat’s big move, ii
It isn’t as incredible as they make it sound. *11.38 am* cloudy & gloomy; Current Month - January, Feels like - June. I remember, as a child when I was put in daycare, this old aunty would teach us many prayers and shlokas. One prayer had a line that said, ‘dear god, help us grow … Continue reading Turning 26!
A loud cacophony of crows wakes me up at seven in the morning. The crows are adamant. They want to do their morning assembly right outside my window, every day. A regular day commences at my tiny apartment in Four Bungalows, Mumbai. I rub my eyes and pick up the toothbrush from the shelf above … Continue reading outside my window
*7.30 pm* Had a stressful day today with too many things to do and very little time. So I picked up a pen and began writing in my diary about everything on my mind. That's when I thought of going back and reading about some Septembers from the past. I wondered what I was doing … Continue reading September issue
*3.29 pm* a dull Wednesday afternoon, runny nose and six tasks with today's deadline Monsoon is my least favorite season (but also the most favorite one because nature is at its best). Every year, as soon as the wet monsoon breeze flows in, all my allergies wake up from their hibernation and enjoy full 3 … Continue reading A week of healing
It had been raining all night. Lisa was wide awake, waiting for the right moment. It was unlike Lisa to sacrifice sleep for anything but tonight it was different. If her plan worked, she would be able to permanently shed her identity as the lizard-toed girl from the Circus and start a new life. The … Continue reading The Freak Show
*9.49 pm* Just had Pizza for dinner so we’re good. Last Sunday, I stepped out of my house after two months. My parents and I planned to visit some old family friends who had lost a loved one recently. Unexpectedly, it turned out to be a much-needed getaway after months of digital screen time. So, … Continue reading Back to my roots
*07:08 pm* Alright, let's do this! The lockdown was a much-needed relief when it first began but its unprecedented extension has been nerve-wracking. Anxiety, frustration and hopelessness have come as a package! I took the last 6-7 weeks to argue, sob and sulk in order to cope up with the helplessness I was feeling. While … Continue reading Pandemic Progress Report
What do I write about Covid-19 & the lock-down that hasn’t already been written? It is scary, governments suck, the World is shut, nature is breathing, the ozone is healing, work from home is draining, sleep cycles are messed up, mental health issues are rising, there's no motivation, economy is bad, pay-cuts & unemployment. Hmph! … Continue reading My Lock-down blog
I have never been too keen on celebrating Special Days on Social Media. The out pour of love for families and friends seen on Instagram & Facebook often feels fake and misplaced. But so does writing a blog about it. So who am I to judge? Here it goes.. My purpose of writing this today … Continue reading in the memory of Aaji..
I rented and moved in to a new apartment a week ago. Its been a smooth transition. Also, I might be understating how frickin' excited I am about living here. Haha! I am over the moon. I love my new house. Have been browsing Pinterest for a over month to decide the decor. Best part … Continue reading Organizing
*12.43 pm* I love Decembers. The cold winds, cozy sleep under the blanket, the warmth of hoodies, holidays and the party mood, hot chocolate at any time of the day and conclusions. December has it all. For the last two weeks I was occupied with a lot of work. On the first weekend of December, … Continue reading a feeling called December
*03.18 pm* engrossed & amazed by 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind’ by Yuval Noah Harari Last week was tiresome as I had been thinking or rather overthinking about my career situation. I have been ranting about it on my blog for far too long, I know. But it is one of the most important … Continue reading #WednesdayWisdom
*4.50 pm* Maine tere liye hi saat rang ke sapne chune... sapne, surile sapne... My office is in a campus full of warehouses & workshops. It doesn't feel like 2019 when you walk-in here. It transports me to a quiet afternoon on a work day from late 90s when I would miss school for being … Continue reading smells like metal
*5.07 pm* Back to work after a long and happy Diwali weekend. Breaks are so damn necessary. I recently came across a video explaining how we tend to over work in order to achieve our goals & forget to pause & breathe. It made me realise that I often beat myself up over not doing … Continue reading The importance of a taking a Break
*12.53 am* midnight mood to have a heart to heart! I remember when I started this blog two and a half years back, I was unsure if I would be able to continue it. In fact, I was unsure of what to do in life itself. While the later one hasn’t changed, I still took … Continue reading tête-à-tête
*12.08 am* a Sunday just passed by The last few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster. I went from questioning my life (& career) choices to being infected by Dengue. I went from burning with fever & recovering from it to being upset at work & taking some practical decisions. All of it has … Continue reading Reality? Check.
*1.50 pm* Squeezing in some time while having lunch at my desk to write this one. Yesterday, I read an extremely insightful blog by Laura Barakeris on Brevity about writing and solitude. I realized how I always complain about not getting enough time to write given my busy schedule but, to quote Laura "if I … Continue reading on writing
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*3.01 pm* Celebrating Independence Day with some rescued cats at the Cat Cafe Studio as 'Willow' sits on my laptop and demands cuddles. Cat Cafe Studio I have been extremely busy at work but last weekend was fun. I hung out with a lot of friends, had a sleep-out in my car after watching Scary … Continue reading A mid-week break
*6.28 pm* sneaking in a few minutes to write about an average week. Last few weeks have been about working 9 hours a day, sleeping for 9 hours at night, only to wake up and head back to work again. Cyclic. Plus, coffee consumption has increased a lot. Its been really bland past few days. … Continue reading routine is okay
*11.30* in the middle of an extremely busy and productive work week. Jack of all trades, master of none. This proverb has never made sense to me. I have always found it boring to be a master of one when you can be a jack of all. I have been a jack of all trades … Continue reading A jack of all trades
*06.15 pm* I really need to vent out today. Last week I bought my domain (finally!), now I just have to figure out the hosting, transfer, etc. Basically, the tech stuff which I'm clueless about and don't want to end up spending more than I should. So here's a public announcement - Developers Wanted (preferable … Continue reading what am I even doing?
*5.43 pm* Truly delighted and proud of my cooking skills. Its hereditary, guys - I make awesome food. It is quite difficult to write after a gap (of even 15 days). It is difficult to remember all the events that could be worth mentioning in my blog. My mind categorically forgets the occurrence and the … Continue reading Two Year Anniversary!
It was a hot Summer day. She had just gotten home after a nasty fight with her bench-partner at school. Her little finger was bleeding from a small cut and the black satin ribbon from her ponytail was untangled, messing up her hair. She was angry, and sweating. So she dumped her bag on the … Continue reading There’s always a first
*3.20 pm* Sneaked 10 minutes off of work (from my NEW office!) after two whirlwind kind of weeks, because I had to write this. And oh! I've started cooking. I was quite excited about joining my new workplace when I wrote my last blog. It has been 15 days since and I wonder where time … Continue reading Day to day
*1.30 pm* It's Labor Day, so most of the working population of the country is on leave (unlike me who's been on leave for a month now). But I start my new job tomorrow, so yay! Last week has been pretty weird for me. I spent most of my time counselling two of my cousin … Continue reading First of May
I am a girl in her mid-twenties, Indian (with all due sanskars) and an only child to a financially sound couple ($$$) which most would consider a luxury- and who am I kidding, it is. I've never had to live in the conditions that my parents have grown up in, nor do I have to … Continue reading they’re talking marriage
*1.50 pm* typing away some blabber whilst sitting at the dining table. Mau is not very happy about my presence, she keeps giving me cold stares. Last night I had a conversation with a friend about how laziness attracts negativity and that inspired to finally get my ass off the bed and write. For the … Continue reading april’d away in bed
I visited Leh-Ladakh in July 2017 - a trip that has been etched in my memory permanently for various reasons. I had planned to write this post right after the trip, and it has been two years (almost) I have procrastinated to put it down. But the memories are still so vivid that I can … Continue reading Hi Leh
*3.30 pm* I dislike summers. Where I stay, summers burn your skin like you've bathed with fire, or worse. It is probably my least favourite season. And you know what, it has only started. I wonder how hot its going to get in next two months. Or three. Last week, I had to work only … Continue reading a month so mixed up
*7.02 pm* Last few days have been quite disturbing. Some lessons, some beautiful moments and a crazy puke-filled night. Last week, I took an important decision about my career and it has resulted in some (serious) repercussions. Argh! No point building up the suspense. I quit my job. One of the many reasons to do … Continue reading What a March!
It was just one of those mornings when you want to sleep in for 5 extra minutes. No matter how many times the alarm goes off, you snooze and pull the blanket over your head. Just 5 more minutes, you tell yourself. But the half-asleep mind doesn't realize when 5 becomes 15 and the schedule … Continue reading a day in the life of…