Gasp, its a Smörgåsbord!

It started out as an ordinary Saturday. The Husband and I ate a big brunch, caught up with friends and fam on social media, took the garbage out and ignored the growing mountain of laundry. Then we wasted time deliberating on how to dress for the confused September weather. Jumper + jacket? Too hot. Sweatshirt + coat?…

All aboard the Caledonian Sleeper!

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here, My heart’s in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer; Chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe, My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go. – Robert Burns Euston I love stations. I love the pivotal role they play in unlocking the treasures of a city. So…

Belfast to Punjab

4:17 am I am up 13 minutes before the Friday morning alarm is due. The Husband is asleep but unconsciously hugs me as I battle with the duvet in a futile quest for a comfortable spot to tuck myself into. In the eve of an early morning flight, the conscience flits through several undesirable or…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is a script written by Jack Thorne. A script that captures London West End’s newest, most hyped play of Summer 2016, propelling fans 19 years into Harry’s life after Deathly Hallows. The five-star rated play is like a frat party. Only Potterheads (and wannabes) who managed to wrangle tickets online nearly…

London Food Diaries (I)

Feet don’t fail me now Take me to the finish line Oh my heart it breaks, every step that I take But I’m hoping at the gates, They’ll tell me that you’re mine Walking through the city streets Is it by mistake or design? I feel so alone on the Friday nights Can you make…

Paella!

I have never been to Spain and I do not know the language but some hungry, Horcrux-y part of me must me embedded in Español soil because – Paella! My encounters with this glorious Spanish dish have mostly been happy accidents amongst London’s popular food markets in Borough and Camden. There’s something about paella that makes…

London: A love story

London, England. The most visited city of 2014. What is it about her? There is nothing she can do that other great cities in the world can’t do better. Bangkok has proven that by shoving it off the No. 1 spot this year as the most visited city of 2015.  British Vs. Thai cuisine is…

The Girl at Hayes and Harlington

Hear Alarm. Toss and turn. Grapple with the frustrations of waking up for approximately 1-2 hours. Tumble into hard ground at some point in the morning. Wash, brush, dress, get out. Walk to station. Tap oyster. Grab a Costa. Grab a train. Check phone. Sip drink. Get out of train. Tap oyster again. Meet her eyes. Yesterday…

The Face God Gave Me

I work through wet tangles in my hair as carefully as I would detangle my heart. De-knot, brush, smooth, repeat, the motions go. I catch my concentrated face in the mirror and for a second my reflection startles me. I almost don’t know the person staring back. She looks familiarly unfamiliar, like the woman in…

Glasgow to Geneva

30th June 2011. I was a day old graduate, you a week older. We were big and proud, bigger and prouder, biggest and proudest we had ever been. We spent the whole of June trying to live the month as one long day, turning mornings into nights and nights into mornings, half-heartedly climaxing into an…

‘…because you are a girl.’

I remember the day I came outside a programming lab crying my eyes out. I was studying nearly two years worth of engineering courses that second year because technically, it was my first. The dilemma? How to apply knowledge faster than I was gaining it. The darling professor, a kind withered soul, looked at my sorry…