Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Scratch a blog...

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Two and a half years ago, I took off with friends to a resort in Khopoli for an overnight trip. While we were there, we decided to explore the nearby Morbhe Dam (not accessible to public) and the surrounding villages. It was rainy but definitely not depressing. Carpets of lush green grass, a little hilly terrain, the occasional tiny waterfall, grey skies, cool breeze and droplets from the sky marked that evening's drive.

I came across this idol placed near some rocks. No clue who it is (and I couldn't get closer because we had to rush back), but it reminded me of Arun Kolatkar and his famous work of poetry entitled Jejuri. A collection of poems focused on the temple town of Jejuri (which is still on my travel list) in Maharashtra, the lines from "Scratch" are my favourite. And here's one that has always stayed with me.
scratch a rock
and a legend springs
Look it up if you like!

Found this post lying in my drafts and thought it's necessary to kick the blogging lethargy away. Hoping to scratch more rocks and write more in the weeks/months ahead. Trust 2016 is treating you well! More soon...


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Insomnia Express

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For some unexplained reason, I've been wanting to blog all day. Write a few lines at the very least. Or at least cheat with some pictures on the photo blog (which needs to be revived). But NOTHING.

It's well past 3 AM and I am still wide awake. Dammit. Reading (or trying to read) as many things being thrown at me by the world wide web*! And you know where that leads you... Straight into insomnia hell. Well, I think I'll just go back to reading and dreaming of that next holiday.

My desk looks calm, but my mind is all over the place.

Okay, enough. Thanks for stopping by. :)


*PS: National Geographic Traveller India has some great content, by the way. Their social pages on Facebook and Twitter are constantly pushing out features which are quite refreshing. Just thought you should know, especially if you love travel! #NotASponsoredMessage

Friday, March 13, 2015

Heartbreak Warfare

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It takes very little to break one's heart, no? 

Watching your favourite cricketer stranded on 99 or some such significant milestone. Having your best friend back in the city after years of her being away only to know she's moving further away. Being unable to relate to friends with husbands/wives and now, babies. Losing out on travel opportunities because you put others' interests ahead of your own. Meeting the man of your dreams only to realise he's already taken. Or in the process of being taken. And you have to be supportive about it because he is also the friend you can't lose. 

Indeed, it takes very little.


PS: Don McLean's American Pie plays in my head as I type this. Only because: "... I know that you're in love with him/ 'Cause I saw you dancin' in the gym/ You both kicked off your shoes/ Man, I dig those rhythm and blues.../ I was a lonely teenage bronckin' buck/ With a pink carnation and a pickup truck/ But I knew I was outta luck/ The day the music died."

Monday, November 03, 2014

TV Dinners

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There I was, on my day off at home, switching between TV channels and came across Vh1. Some random song was playing and I wasn't even looking up from whatever I was doing. Then I heard this familiar strain and looked up and saw singer Anushka Manchanda in a video with another 'firang' guy. And soon I was actually humming a line or two. What song was this??? How the hell did I know the words? The credits that rolled at the end of the track called it 'Chase Every Dream' and it was on an album called 'TV Dinners'. Then it struck me as *that* Levi's ad and it intrigued me enough to Google it all. 

So Mikey McCleary is this music composer who has worked with really big brands like Vodafone, Levi's and more for their ad jingles. On the request of many fans, he decided to extend the jingles into full tracks. And all of them are now part of his unique debut album called 'TV Dinners'. Cool, right?

You can watch the video here for 'Chase Every Dream' featuring a host of well known faces:

And if, like me, you find this really interesting, here's the full playlist:

Happy listening!

Saturday, November 01, 2014


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Wake me up when September... oh wait, even October has ended! Wow... time really flies. Two months to 2015! Imagine that.

I have spent the better part of 2014 drowning in work. Most of it, in just one project. ONE massive project culminating in December. When I look back at this year, I feel so many emotions. Love. Hatred. Frustration. Dejection. Pride. Happiness. Sadness. Depression. At so many different levels. But I also feel blessed in many ways. Some power above me has looked after me in moments of despair and need. Things clicked when they weren't supposed to. And of course, I am truly grateful for my family and friends who made my life a little easier.

While I continue being busy over the next seven weeks, I do have a few interesting non-work things to look forward to. For starters, Dilip D'Souza - amazing writer and a friend - releases his latest book, 'Final Test: Exit Sachin Tendulkar' this weekend. I hope to make it to the event. In any case, don't forget to check out the book.

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Second, my latest purchase - the Canon PowerShot S200. Yes, it's a point-and-shoot. But I'm excited. I think, lately, I've lost my photography mojo. So after getting suitably tempted by DeeSee and Stu who have the same camera, it happened. All it took was a weak stressful moment to fish my credit card out and pay for this. Thankfully, it was bought at 40% the price. Phew.

Later in December, I'll be attending the weddings of three close cousins. Three in the space of 10 days. And it involves two trips to my native place for the first and third weddings. Expected to be tiring and fun. 

But what I'm most excited about is a holiday scheduled for January 2015. I just booked my tickets. And now have to get my visa, plan an itinerary, sound off people I need to meet while I'm there, read up on what all I should be doing/eating/seeing/experiencing and think of ways to save money for it all. Details coming soon. 

Can't wait to take off! I think I've earned it. :)

Happy November, folks.


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