An Open Letter to Tourists

My dear fellow travelers,

Why do you carry the city with you wherever you go? Why do you tuck it into your little purses, stuff it into your bags, or pack it into your suitcases?

Can’t you leave it behind where it’s meant to be? Read More

2018: One Book Down, So Many More to Go

There you go … the first book I finished reading in 2018. Although, having read the book, I am not really sure it’s that great an achievement at all. I mean, this detective Vish Puri is average at best, and downright insipid if I am not feeling generous. And for a story that sells itself as a thriller, it isn’t all that exciting either exciting at all. Read More

Mastizaade: When Life Gives You No Brains, Make a Movie

Humans are prone to making mistakes. It’s hardwired into our DNA to goof up in as many ways as possible. And when we’ve exhausted all the ways possible, we turn to all ways impossible to screw things up. We aren’t ingenious for nothing, you see. Gotta use that brain matter somewhere!

Then, having made absolute and utter fools of ourselves, we then come up with generic fortune cookie gyaan to make ourselves feel better. Read More

Relax, Unwind, Breathe, Repeat.

The hammock swings side to side: left-right, left-right, left-right …

The cicadas murmured in their typical, mechanical fashion – trrrr … trrr … trrrr … – which I find oddly comforting, almost like a lullaby.

My friend gives the hammock a gentle push and it comes back to its rhythmic swing.

Left-right, left-right, left-right …

Side to side, side to side, side to side… Read More

How I Got the Better of New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year!

Yes, I know. It is rather late in the day for cheerful new year wishes, but it’s not for nothing that I have perfected the art of procrastination.

So, I’ll say once again, ‘Happy New Year’ and it’s up to you to take it or leave it.

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