Taking the bull by the horns

Taking the bull by the horns

January 19th was an ethereal night at the Marina Beach. The lights had been turned off, as the government wasn’t inclined to support the movement. No sooner did darkness engulf one of the longest beaches in the world, a million tiny lights started glowing. The milling crowd had brought the stars down, with candles and mobile torches. They didn’t want to take the bull by the horns, they wanted to embrace its hump. They wanted to save jallikattu. Jallikattu is…

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Chaos to Creativity

Chaos to Creativity

Excerpt from Jan 7th, White House weekly address, President Obama’s note – “When ordinary people get involved, get engaged and come together in collective effort, things change for the better. That’s the belief at the heart of the precious American experiment in self-government. This is what gives work and purpose to each new generation.” It was a coincidence that I had witnessed a community service event today, living up to the above statement, at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank….

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To call it quits….

To call it quits….

To comment that we are living in the era of technology revolution isn’t an exaggeration. While we are long past the days of trading the touch of currency to digits on an electronic screen, we are now in an age where the auto industry is hell bent on getting the driver off the road, billionaires are exploring commutes to another planet, and many more such hard-to-believe-laugh-at-first experiments. While soaring share prices could be the crux of a profit organization, all…

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Making history… one broken bottle at a time

Making history… one broken bottle at a time

August 7, 2016 The last few weekends, I’ve been living off a virtual dart throw at the results of Google’s search phrase ‘Things to do in Los Angeles’.  Watts Towers happened to be the pick of the day and my hurried research listed their current exhibition ‘50 Years and I Still Can’t Breathe’ and I was hooked.  Driving directions on, braving traffic, I reached there in an hour’s time. Ridiculous indeed, but I was just glad at how wrong my…

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Painting words…

Painting words…

There she stood, wind beneath her tresses, unhinged by the chaos around her. The prevailing misery wasn’t thundering with battle cries and war wounds, it was afire with greed for happiness, a passionate and prosperous life in their own worlds. All Anamika wanted is to be left alone in peace with her life. She wasn’t vying for the attention of men, let alone earn the wrath of a jealous woman. Yes, she is aware that she is beautiful, she is…

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Paris – For another time

Paris – For another time

Aug 12 – 16, 2016 “You are not going to die, are you?” This was from our pool ride driver to Dee. She was having a fitful cough all through our journey from the Orly airport to our Airbnb home. A gentleman in the pool was kind enough to translate this to English for us, we weren’t even trying to comprehend French. An uninteresting start. We collected the apartment keys from Salim’s parents, our Airbnb host, settled our stuff and…

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Florence… The Agony and the Ecstasy

Florence… The Agony and the Ecstasy

Aug 7 – 12, 2015 Certain books influence you to make decisions for life. ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy’, a biographical novel of Michelangelo Buonarroti by Irving Stone, is one such book. It was sometime in 2012 that I had rented this book from the JustBooks library, it was a slow read, but definitely a compelling one! By the time I finished the book, I had made a mental note that I would someday visit Florence to see David in all his glory,…

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Rome – non basta una vita!!

Rome – non basta una vita!!

Aug 3 – 5, 2015 Very true, “a lifetime is not enough” suits Rome! Our day starts with breakfast at Tazza D’Oro cafe, their cappuccinos and cornettos, a thing which am missing already, certain things unfortunately have to be short lived to be truly appreciated. Day 1, we headed off to the Testaccio food tour, our host was an American lady, currently living in Italy. She was very friendly and our other tour members were cool – a couple from…

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Rome : Campo di fiori

Rome : Campo di fiori

Aug 3, 2015 A place we called home for the days we lived in Rome. A world by itself, it transforms by the day and night! This square during the day is a market – local produce of vegetables, fruits and condiments for their neighbors & clothes, hats, bags for the tourists and their cafes bustling with the breakfast crowd. It’s a busy scene, people going about their business. The evening though, is in stark contrast. A sight to see,…

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There’s always a first time for everything

There’s always a first time for everything

Aug 2, 2015 A 7 hr flight from Newark to Copenhagen, Denmark. All attempts to catch up with the much needed sleep failed. The flight entertainment was cool! ‘The devil wears prada’ can never fail to engage you, no matter how many times you’ve already watched it. Anne Hathaway’s makeover scenes a killer! Brushing off any concerns on just the 50 minutes transit between Copenhagen and Rome flights, we checked out of their border security. Reality sunk in when cancelled…

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