If I was a Frenchman…

I often faced this loaded question, "Are you settled?"

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Politics, Religion, and Trolling

Steer Clear! The reality is, that the friends you socialize with i.e. dine-n-wine with; or the friends you socialize with online -- they may have political views that may surprise/or shock you. Well, will you continue to be friends with them, or will your turn your back on them? Don't the wise often say, don't … Continue reading Politics, Religion, and Trolling

In Paris… meeting Mohanjeet!

On 12th October, just over two weeks ago, while strolling along Rue Saint-André des Arts, I suddenly saw this storefront that read, "Diwali". I was delighted. No pun intended. It was still my third day on my first visit to Paris.  😉 The bigger joy followed just moments later, when I met Mohanjeet! I was … Continue reading In Paris… meeting Mohanjeet!

The “Flying Rani”!

Although a train journey in India is arduous, especially when traveling unreserved, it is always fun, and replete with memorable experiences. 🙂

Trotting on your high horse?

Headed to Buckingham Palace? Chances are you're more than likely not going anywhere near there. Then why this compulsion to speak the Queen's English, eh?  Here's what I think the issue is... It's an instant giveaway that although you're a product of independent India, you haven't quite broken away those shackles of your colonial past … Continue reading Trotting on your high horse?

Hima Kala Kendra

We knew her as Ms Hima Devi. I always remember her as a lady with immense attitude, a cigarette between her fingers, puffing smoke in our middle school classroom. After a while our Victorian "ha, hoo" shocked by her stance, simply stopped. Hima was just Hima... cool. No, we did not use that term then. … Continue reading Hima Kala Kendra

“Won’t you visit India anytime soon!”

Numerous friends and acquaintances pose this question often - at least more often than I'd care to answer; or even to respond with some plausible explanation - one way or another. "Explanation", because if my answer is in the affirmative, surely there's a reason why - an occasion, a wedding, to circuit the golden triangle … Continue reading “Won’t you visit India anytime soon!”

Remembrance (2011): My Take

Last evening, I watched this foreign film, "Remembrance". It is the story about a Jewish woman, Hannah Silberstein, who struggles to break free from the dark memories of her past life in the Auschwitz concentration camp during Poland's SS occupation. Young Hannah falls in love with an inmate, Tomasz Limanowski. Together, after they escape from … Continue reading Remembrance (2011): My Take

Bollywood fans? Awaara Dream Sequence Interpretation

By sheer accident a few minutes ago, came upon this site... Now what was I searching for? Yeah, Awaara - interpretation of the dream sequence in this film. For a project I'm working on in collaborative mode, I'd considered a very different interpretation for the end of this song... (without having ever watched the iconic … Continue reading Bollywood fans? Awaara Dream Sequence Interpretation

Stuck… without a smile!

How often do you think, "I'm stuck"? Pretty often, eh? I've felt that several times, and at the time then, I'm stuck in that feeling. So this is a reminder to myself. For many of us, these clichéd phrases hold deep meaning and may have serious consequences, although the situations we are in are more often … Continue reading Stuck… without a smile!