My Love Affair With Books

Featured, Reading

I don’t remember the exact time in my life. That time I first picked up a book. Smelled the pages, inhaled the story, and fell in love. I must have been 5. I have never stopped loving since then. Books have been the companions who I know will never abandon me. I can trust books – waiting patiently for me, accepting my flaws because they judge you not. You […]

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Knowing When To Let Go

Everyday, Featured

There are many things that the last three years have taught me. But nothing has been more profound a lesson than the art of letting go. Of learning that sometimes some people will always be rotten apples. Picture this. I log in to the MyndStories official Twitter account. It’s a rather abandoned account, as Twitter […]

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To Choose To Live

Featured, Musings

Let me tell you a story. A travel story. In 2003, I was teaching Spoken English in a tiny city called Lianyungang, China.  It was the first time I was in a foreign country. Living by myself. Teaching a language I wasn’t confident speaking. And had narrowly escaped the confines of a Chinese prison. (A story […]

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Sashaying With Sushi


Everyday, 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

To Be Slow, My Friend


Musings, Travel

The last few days have been trying for me as I watched the light of my life – my mother – hospitalized yet again. It scares me to see her like this, and my heart is restless.  As always, I turn to what gives me the most succor: words and, through them, memories. And this […]

April 12, 2023

The Relativity Of Time


Musings

“Time is relative.” – A wise philosopher in Chennai told me this a couple of years ago. The quote then was a nonsense, mocking response to a serious question. But here I sit, in 2023, buffeted by stormy winds, blowing skies, and a loose sun, and I thought, let’s revisit that quote, shall we? This […]

April 8, 2023

Tripping On The Past


Mental Health, Musings, Travel

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? These last few days have been a cloud, a dank, damp, and heavy cloud. On such days, my workouts help. A fast run or a furious boxing workout. Reading can be a hit-and-miss – when your mind is saturated, it’s more challenging to focus on words and […]

April 7, 2023

Gentle Mornings. Serious Answers


Musings

A morning unlike any other. A morning just like any other. Slanting light. And old stubborn sky. Oh, so stubborn. Birds restless and leaves rustling. A cat lounges outside my door, startling from slumber as I step outside. I pause, wondering whether to offer love or its pale ghost called affection. The cat sniffs at […]

April 3, 2023

The Joy Of Running


Everyday

Can you find the fun in today? Mine was in my run. I didn’t think it would be fun. I woke up late after a restless night. I was worried if I could run with no toenails. I had already lost one toenail and another was dangling on to dear life by the last skin. […]

April 2, 2023

Meeting Ruskin Bond


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 […]

March 23, 2023

Borderless. Wordless.


Everyday, Musings

When I started writing this blog, I used this as an open journal. A place for my words to nestle. A space for the unsaid and unspoken. I have never actively promoted this blog. There are no Meta Tags for any of the pages. No keyword optimization. For a long while, I would give a […]

March 19, 2023