September 20, 2018

Stand-up comedy might be the trend today but it has long lived in Maharashtra with alternate names such as “kathaa-kathan” and “one-man stand-up talk show”. Pu. La.Deshpande, Da. Ma. Mirazdaar, Shankar Patil could send people reeling to stitches then and they can to it now. Their scripts however were lengthier, more descriptive, humour was built organically by bringing paradigm shifts to the way w...

June 16, 2018

I came upon To Kill a Mockingbird in my junior college days. A lone reader friend had praised it like no other and I picked it up that day because it was in my range of sight and not because I had gone looking for it. Those days Harry Potter was still the “sought after” series.

I read To Kill a Mocking in a slow languid manner, quite in the same manner in which the plot flows, that ‘summer vacation...

June 4, 2018

BEAUTIFUL. I have always wondered at this word. You will find many synonyms to this but they don’t really sound synonymous, pretty, cute, charming, alluring, hot et all; nothing really seems to replicate the texture and the flavour that the word “beautiful” leaves on the eye and the ear. This made me go on a mini quest for a face I could call beautiful. My eyes rested on that of the timeless Hindi...

May 22, 2018

Theatre, cinema, literature, aren't the indulgences of people who have full stomachs. They are the staple diet of an Indian middle class mind and soul. A hungry stomach replenished by a performance. At least that's how I have always seen it. And because it is so close to my heart, Revati and I frequently indulge in sojourns to theatre. Films too yes, but I must admit theatre is a favoured child to...

April 4, 2018

I thirst for a vacation like people thirst for sleep, food and rest! This has been the case because of a combination of things, a healthy dose of wanderlust, a deep interest in any place's historic and cultural inheritance and possibly the company of friends and family that's equivalent to non existent even under a common roof! So when Revati and I started to plan another holiday for this year the...

February 10, 2018

I have a list of things that I need to get done; they are a crazy assortment of knick knacks.

A much gloried to-do list sits on the white board hung on the
opposite wall of my bed so that I wake up to a motivational quote that I sought for myself

and a list of things I could get done, should get done, better get done etc.

Over years the items on that list have morphed in their own way and how!

They co...

January 24, 2018

“Oh! You love to read?!” his facial muscles twitched in an odd spasm that could have been a smile and was more of a grimace. “That’s really cool. I am not that much of a reader. I read factual non-fiction stuff.”  There was no mistaking the expression now. It was a smug expression of barely controlled self-impressed admission of excellence. And I would probably have been ok with it had the look be...

October 2, 2017

Most totalitarian regimes, their excesses and inequities of socio-economic and politico treatments and the resultant rebellion; a despot for a ruler, extreme poverty and inequality faced by the masses, their growing frustration which finally leads to the birth of idealism fitting to that society and its time have been the making of human anthropological evolution world over. The most decisive and...

June 22, 2017

 Caledonia, a Roman word which means 'a land of dense forests'. In their conquest that extended to the west, the Romans also covered a good ground to North of England and just till the lushy areas of highlands. Today only a 6% of that land is under forest cover but one can imagine the dense forest cover this land once must have been under.
Scotland situated to the north of England will provide the...

June 22, 2017

A significant part of me has not yet registered that I am in England and that I am in England alone. I almost feel like those patients in coma that are depicted in films, they can hear things, they can feel things but their brains are slow to register it and are slower to react. After 11 full days I have gathered the courage to register my astonishment at the fact that I am indeed in London. I don...

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