If you are someone like me, who has read more about various cities in foreign countries than actually experiencing them in person, visiting some of them is often an interesting experience. As a rule, I seem to prefer European cities far more than American cities; or cities on any other continent. Even so, none of […]

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Saying Nothing

I have largely lost the urge to write much these days. I do question my ability to write much too. But the lack of a calling of sorts to commit to words experiences, thoughts and everything else that used to fill up this space means ability doesn’t even come into the picture. As the world […]

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It is so meaningless; even when we have so many ways to measure it. We have seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, fortnights, months, years, decades, millennia. So little of it — months, years — have felt like amazing lifetimes. So much of it — months, years — have felt like nightmares that never ended. The hours spent […]

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Off Twitter

I quit Facebook in 2010, if my memory serves me right. At some stage, I became tired of endlessly browsing through the lives of strangers or the lives of people I knew. I have never really missed it much ever since. I started on Twitter in 2007, and had a lot of good times on […]

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It Is Just The Wind

The answers mean precious little when you know that they won’t undo the loss that you are struggling to make your peace with. The finality of it all is so damning and draining. There is no higher authority — call it god or anything else you like, there is no court of appeal, and there is absolutely nothing […]

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You left as quietly as you came, without making a sound. You were the best of us. You made us better than what we ever were. You travelled the world with us. Together, we watched the skies dance with magic. We laughed together. And we cried together. The little that we had together is more […]

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A suspended layer of cloud; half moon above it, an icy wonderland below. A midday sun, blindingly bright, struggling to break the ice on the ground. We are gliding gently, approaching the earth in a tube, full of people, that has no business being airborne. After a while, traveling across borders, the sameness overwhelms. The […]

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On Leaving

To those not from those parts, the stench of various things, unpleasant, on the platform at New Delhi Railway Station is something that strong memories are made of. But, one of my early strong memories of Delhi is not of the smell, but of the same railway platform. Sixteen-years-ago, I stood there, alone in every possible manner, […]

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The Run

It is some kind of a listlessness. Much like an ennui, but not completely that. There are fewer people, fewer conversations. The extraordinary reward in persisting with everyday’s ordinariness is more of the same ordinariness. A luxury such as deep thinking is possible when the riches of time are around aplenty. Poverty of time is the […]

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A Journey Without An End

As far as trips go, the last one was really tough. The summer heat made the plains much more unbearable a rite of passage to the high mountains. A fairly significant breakdown of our vehicle within the first 24-hours threw us off schedule. It made us wary that another similar episode later would see us being stranded in a remote place. There is […]

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Una Mattina

And when I close my eyes to the music, I can see the dust flowing off the wheels on a Jeep that is crossing a dusty plateau many thousand feet up in the mighty Himalayas. Once I used to dream of those places and life has been kind enough to me to make those dreams a reality; a reality […]

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This was a post that I had been waiting for long to write, I had even the right photo to go along with it — one from about fifteen-years-ago, of a mattress, an ashtray with a cigarette slowly burning in it, in the place I called home for those long years. A little while ago, […]

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