When dreams and reality are at a tug of war

I woke up to the sound of rain thudding on the roof. It was going to be a lazy Saturday morning. I just wanted to cosy up in the bed. I still got up from bed, reluctantly, to get my dose of caffeine and cherish the rare rain.  The coffee freshly brewed, I set out to…

Depth of ‘I don’t know’

“I don’t know”. It is an ominous word really. You hear them the most when you do not want to and people generally do not use them when they are supposed to.   But when you think about it, it is probably the most common and irritating word you hear on a daily basis.  More often than…

When Gods are imperfect

Mythology is as much about a country’s history as much about religion. More often than not literature or movies on a country’s mythology portray Gods as an all powerful entity. It could be Greek mythology about Zeus, Japanese folklore or Indian epics, the ideals of God does not change. While in a religion like Hinduism…

Travelling the world in a hot air balloon

When I look at hot air balloons dotting the vast blue sky as they fly, it makes me dreamy. Like I’m in a fantasy story book that will take me beyond the realm of the familiar world I live in. But for all those dreamy tales I weave, I have never flown the hot air…

Learning Japanese!

Learning a new language is difficult. I have been trying to learn Hindi for a really long time but I can only barely understand and find it hard to respond. It is the same with Malayalam despite the fact that I grew up with Malayalam speaking grandmother and father. I can understand it better but…

Curly hair tales

Everytime I go to a beauty parlour for a haircut, it is a war between salons, who try to impose the idea of what they think is perfect is and I, a noodle head who defies it. For the question, “Would you like to go for keratin or a smoothing treatment?” never stops haunting me….

Random musings on a rainy day

This is something I wrote randomly on a rainy Sunday evening sitting by the window holding a cup of freshly brewed coffee. I was looking at the tree and drops of rain on its leaves. Suddenly I was transported to a whole new world and this is what I saw. It was just half past…

Walking down the memory lane in Nagercoil, a small town I grew up in

I remember evenings the most as I was growing up in a small town in the Southern tip of India, Kanyakumari. Memories of receding sunlight that breaks through the branches of a neem tree; birds returning to their nests after the day’s hunt; a group of five or six children including me playing hide and…

My hunt for palazzo pants in Chennai

It has been three months since I have been on the hunt for comfortable and cheap black cotton palazzos pants. When I say cheap, I was looking for palazzos at the price point of under Rs 600. It is not too much to ask is it? I never realised that it would be a near…

People and places

The world is indeed a beautiful place. Its mysterious dark blue oceans, Amazonian forests and structured cities and cultures, there is beauty in everything we see in the world. Just thinking about it makes me wish I were rather looking at century old architecture over a cup of coffee with a dashing Italian than writing…

A ship to nowhere

I had gone to Hong Kong couple of years ago. The place did not impress me. What did was the visage of a ship on the ocean when I was on a Ferris wheel in the Ocean Park, an amusement park in Hong Kong. The text that follows captures what went through my mind when…

Battling caffeine hangover

When you wake up with a very bad headache after gulping down you-forgot-how-many glasses of wine, just the aroma of coffee can stimulate your muddled brain. Take a shot of caffeine, you are almost normal. Coffee is the best hangover medicine. But what if you are suffering a hangover from overdose of caffeine? You just…