“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls” – Anais Nin     Photo Courtesy: Leio McLaren

The No Wall

The wall ran from North to South flanking the western boundary of our gated community. While a wall ran around the entire area, in some places fortified with glass pieces to prevent miscreants from entering, this particular part of the wall was special. For one, there were no houses in this part of the grounds,…

Got it?

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and a particular post caught my eye. It stated – “I got retired today.” Not “I retired”, but “I got retired”. If I was reading that may be 15 years ago I wouldn’t have paused at all. We still use “got” unabashedly in many phrases where a native…

Nalanda – a journey in pictures

You give me a chance and I can talk non-stop about Nalanda. But this place is not to be merely talked or written about, but to be savoured, inch by inch, brick by brick, walking between the walls, listening to the stories that the air whispers to you; catching the vibrations of chants that still…

Blame

I swear I didn’t mean for it to happen. My heart froze. I was playing with the thermometer and it had slipped out of my hands. The glass shattered as it hit the floor and little drops of mercury rolled out. (How pretty it looked!) These were the days before digital thermometers appeared everywhere and…

The business of remembering the dead

“Our ancestors continue to live through us”, (I can’t recollect who said that) – a view you come back to while reading Siddharth Mukerjee’s book “Gene: an intimate history”. Most of us humans, find it hard to let go off the now invisible connections with the dead. May be it is the memories, the unrequited…

Decoding depression in the age of abundance

Disclaimer: At the outset I admit that I don’t know. I am not a medical professional or a therapist. I am a fellow human being watching what is unfolding around me and am desperate to find a way forward, just like you. Depression a taboo word and is usually something that happens to others. Thanks…

Truce

I think we need to talk. We have always had a difficult relationship. It is time I acknowledge that. It has been one-sided, you pursuing me at the most uncomfortable moments and me resisting you as long as I could. And then invariably falling for you. Falling hard. At the most uncomfortable moments. We started…

Good Life

The box in which he is lying in reads “Good Life”. How ironic, I couldn’t help thinking. It is a cardboard box carton of the milk brand we buy. But that is besides the point. His still body lies there and it is still warm. I desperately feel for a heart beat. I don’t hear…

Meditation and the mosquito

“That would be 400 for one class”. As I hand my card to the lady at the desk I hear a familiar voice behind. “Hello, Rajesh, I didn’t expect to see you here!”. I turn around to see Vidya, my wife’s best friend in the apartment complex and my source of annoyance. “Oh, this will…

A magical visit… to the hospital

The thermometer read 102 degrees Fahrenheit. I felt bad for the kid. It is a rare occasion that he would forego dinner and sleep like this, exhausted. Heart in heart I knew it was a viral infection and all he needed was more rest, but with his Graduation ceremony coming up in two days, I…

Glory to Baba Budan

It is 2.30 PM. I pause to notice the silence around me. It dawns on me that I am in a video call. And the people on the screen are quiet. Looking a me. It further occurs to me that I am the one who is running the meeting. And I have fallen asleep in…

Looking glass

Some things beg to be written. It happened when I was least expecting it, like these things always happen. I moved my laptop to clear the way and the phone, tethered to the laptop for charging, smashed to the floor. There are more than twenty people in the room and well, the show must go…