Switzerland 2016: Part 1

I love flying. It severs the umbilical cord from our 3G-centric lives like nothing else can. I delightfully bury my nose in any scrap of reading material I find, often unearthing the randomest facts. For example, I learnt that Craig David is Southampton-born from a magazine I picked up while boarding EasyJet Flight 5117 from…

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…

Iamsterdam!

The Amsterdam trip crept up on us before I had time to savour its arrival. April leading up to the flight was a whirlwind. So was March. And February. I was having the type of work life in the new year where activities outside office hours had reduced to two basics: sleep and food. I…

She for She

Notice. The women everyone calls strong. With pillars for thighs and metal for bones. Wide-eyed daughters raised like sons Given away in marriage like homeless pawns. Notice. The women everyone calls strong. With pillars for thighs and metal for bones. Notice. Their unfaltering facades. Sculptured faces behind corporate walls. Notice. Her bristling CVs. Talon like…

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…

Chitkadoni

The tears rose inside her lungs, breaking and scattering with each ragged breath. A shudder ran through her body, tightening into a climax, rippling through the struggling tears and calming them down. Why was she crying? She considered this for a second. She knew the answer, or at least where it hid in the back…

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 Dead Vs The Living

We live in a world where death is the ultimate climax. It’s only in death that we are remembered most profoundly, forgiven most easily, prayed upon most sincerely. It’s only in death that we amount to something substantial so that we can die a hero of sorts. Our lives and memories are combed in search…

Rajon

The last few days I have been walking around with a sinking realization in my heart. Every time I am brave enough to pay attention to it, my heart sinks a further few inches. It’s an odd realization that should be more prevalent in my life than it actually is and it’s this – I…

25 things

Anyone who lives in a world of organized chaos recognizes how important it is to divide one’s junkyard of thoughts into achievable/recognizable chunks. Scribbling work notes on the folds of your brain or tapping grocery items on your shiny Smartphone is second nature to you. Along comes an article starting with a finite, doable number…

Two eyes. Two worlds.

There was sleep left in her left eye. She rubbed it vigorously, as though trying to find a spot to dent so that the sleep could whoosh out. No luck. How strange because the right eye was up and awake, ready for the world. She sighed. Maybe closing it for 5 more minutes would help….