The comma,

The beauty of the comma lies in all it stands for. Comma is hope, just like semi-colon is (the better) alternative to a full-stop. It’s an appeal to pause and to look around, to not get lost in details when it gets too much, to not lose track of all that makes life beautiful.

‘The most personal is the most creative’

I didn’t realize until my birthday two weeks ago, when a friend pointed it out, that I haven’t published much lately. brent talking was posted on March 31 and there has been exactly one blogpost since. Time has flied and I haven’t noticed. But also, drafts have been piling up since the last week of April. I…

Virus

I watched Lady Bird for the first time on 26th March. I remember the day because I had woken up to my phone buzzing with messages from concerned friends and family – US had overtaken China on the Covid dashboard the previous night to hit 85k cases, and the world was slowly waking up to…

Visitor note

Dear Person from Germany who drops in every Second day, I don’t know who you are but I hope you’re doing good. I’m assuming it’s just the one person from Germany because I don’t know many there, and your visits appear solitary but regular. And I don’t know if you’re homesick or you just happen…

Reading, revisiting

I took out ‘reading’ from my list of hobbies a couple of years ago. I remember going to public library to borrow algorithms texts last year. The year before that, I browsed the shelves for books on development studies and sociology. This year, I’ve visited only on behalf of my mother to get her yoga…

Cry

I’m a crier. I mean I own a weak-ass heart that feels too much. It’s funny because I didn’t quite cry for a long time, although I was sad for the longest time. Then came this study leave before sixth semester exams in college when I cried 24×7. Like after a breakup you look at…

(I quit) Dragon hunting

G and I don’t talk a lot. I need to notify a day in advance so the Flight mode is switched off and we can call. So when we do, it’s for the most pressing of issues. “I’m considering quitting dragon-hunting”, I chip in. At this point, I haven’t decided and am awaiting comments. Speculation…

Dear UPSC –

From UPSC Prelims Paper – 2017 When you read Statement No. 3 and wonder : Was that sarcasm? Or maybe it’s UPSC’s way of presenting to students a light-hearted moment in the middle of a stressful test? WAAAAIT, is this a tactic to screen for anti/nationalist tendencies? If so, screen in or out? Omg, has…

Hot vs Cold

Yesterday, we slept with the AC on almost all through the night. It’s hot because our room is on the 4th floor right below the terrace. I turned the AC on a few minutes ago, and it smells weird. “It’s probably pigeon shit” “Or it’s pigeon semen,” says my roommate. The couple does indulge in…

But who misses home?

Do evenings still make you miss home, they ask. Pfft no not any more that was almost a year ago when I’d just left Trivandrum. It was New Year and we were supposed to celebrate. I knew we were supposed to cos the reading room had remained shut. So the 60-odd souls, some unbespectacled (like…