Sashaying With Sushi

Everyday, Featured, Mental Health, Musings

Many years ago, in 2016, I went on a solo trip to Japan.  The country was everything I had imagined it to be – a bustle of contradictions and sweeping contrasts.  It was also, expectedly, expensive. And being a vegetarian in Japan was even more expensive. There were two ways I could get vegetarian food […]

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Meeting Ruskin Bond

Featured, Travel

“Happiness is a mysterious thing, to be found somewhere between too little and too much.” – Ruskin Bond If you are a book lover, you can’t really visit Mussoorie without realizing that this is Ruskin Bond territory. You see it in the winding roads and rolling hills. You hear it in a chirp or a […]

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A Tale For The Time Being: Ruth Ozeki

Book Of The Month, Featured, Mental Health

I first heard of Ruth Ozekiโ€™s masterpiece, โ€˜A Tale For The Time Being,โ€™ a few years ago. It lay on my mindโ€™s shelf, and although I had heard of it, I never came around to reading it. Until a few weeks ago, I was traversing books hungrily, flipping from one to another in a frenzy […]

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When Mondays Meant Saris


Musings

When Mondays meant saris… My first job after graduating was as a teacher at Jain International Residential School. There were many other firsts: It was my first time as a teacher. Studying a paper called ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’ can in no way prepare you to meet a bunch of raucous 5th graders. […]

June 26, 2023

Feel Your Feelings


Everyday, Mental Health, Musings

“How are you feeling today?” This is probably the most difficult question you can ask me. When I first started therapy about 1.5 years ago, my therapist would ask me this question first, and I would freeze. I didn’t know the ‘correct’ answer. Do you actually respond with what you feel? Because we have been […]

June 2, 2023

The Angels In Our Life


Musings, Reading

Where would I be without literature? In 2000, I applied for a Master’s in Mass Communication from Bangalore University. I had graduated in Psychology and Journalism and thought that journalism was my ‘career’ path. We didn’t have career counselors then. My family didn’t really care what I did. ๐—œ didn’t care what I did. I […]

May 15, 2023

The Power Of Listening From A Rabbit


Mental Health, Musings, Reading

“I just want to be heard!” This is me during most of my therapy sessions. All my life, I have craved this feeling of being held in silence and understanding. My closest friend in life, Travelling Birdy, and I have a long friendship of almost 20 years. Like any other relationship, we have grown and […]

April 28, 2023

Meeting Oscar Wilde


Musings, Reading, Travel

My best date ever. ๐ŸŒน I have been in love with Oscar Wilde since I read ‘A Picture of Dorian Gray.’ I love the writer’s wit, humor, and brevity that still brims with soul. The novel was considered vulgar for its homosexual overtones and was banned. Wilde anticipated this already with a classic quote from […]

April 18, 2023

The Bittersweet Run


Everyday, Musings, Running

I wasn’t in the mood for a run today. ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ I wanted to curl up with a book, a cup of coffee and not get out of bed at all. Yet, I did run. Because there were birds ๐Ÿฆ calling out to me. A warm summery morning inviting me. ๐ŸŒณTrees beckoning. Grass winking. So, I […]

April 16, 2023

Sashaying With Sushi


Everyday, Featured, Mental Health, Musings

Many years ago, in 2016, I went on a solo trip to Japan.  The country was everything I had imagined it to be – a bustle of contradictions and sweeping contrasts.  It was also, expectedly, expensive. And being a vegetarian in Japan was even more expensive. There were two ways I could get vegetarian food […]

April 15, 2023

New Beginnings


Everyday, Musings, Travel

Today marks a confluence of New Years.  I love celebrating New Year’s. There was a time in my life when I made it a point to celebrate the New Year in a different country every year. I have seen the New Year ushered in Wadi Rum, Jordan, with a singing bedouin who proposed marriage to […]

April 13, 2023