Creatures of the Dark

“I was scared of dentists and the dark.” — Vance Joy, Riptide When the sun sinks into the horizon and darkness blots the sky, familiar sounds begin to fade away, and fear slowly creeps into your mind. You might thank your dull imagination, but at a time like this, that’s no defence against the stillness…

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September Highs

Way back in the seventies, my parents along with my brother (who was three at that time) moved to the UK. Their stint would last for about three years, before they would eventually return home, but stories of their life and travels across Europe, would dominate the rest of their life. As a child, I’d…

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The Vegetarian

The Vegetarian isn’t an easy read. However, I also knew, I couldn’t miss being a part of the revelry. For the first time, the translated work of a Korean author had won a Man Booker International Prize. Local bookshops and Korean newspapers had posters (like the one above) splashed across glass windows and the front page. Why…

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The Reluctant Extrovert

“Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express…

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No Woman, No Cry.

A few years back, on women’s day, we boarded a plane to the Northeast of India. Deep down, I was happy, to escape the fuss that comes with the day. I’m not always good with keeping my thoughts in check and days like these are like old wounds. Midair, 30,000 ft above what was happening…

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Don’t Marry an Editor

Writing is like a silent courtship with a sleeping white dragon. It starts with a long, lingering gaze. Stare too long — and you might get sucked into a sea of blank space. You need to look away, lift your finger, and hit the keyboard — hoping that contact will break the spell. And with…

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Clark Kent vs Superman

I must confess, Superman has never been my favourite superhero. Even as a kid, it was pretty obvious to me, the creators had got something wrong. I could never understand, why would nobody call his bluff. Surely, it takes more than a pair of thick rimmed glasses to separate one man from another. A twin, perhaps? A…

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WPC: Transition

  I’ve always had this feeling of sitting on a ginormous ‘ticking’ clock. A normal day brings in 24 hours, 1440 minutes, and 86400 seconds. And each ticking second can lead to a number of diverging possibilities. A possibility to so something, or nothing. Every second lost, leads to another minute and eventually, transitions into an hour being lost. And…

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Life as an Alien

“We all begin as tourists. Somewhere along the way, some of us turn into travellers. And then, some of us choose to stay on.” I’m writing this post two months after our month long stay in Seoul. I must confess, quite often, I’ve faced traveller’s amnesia when it comes to writing posts on our past travels. Names…

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