This thing called grief

In the last few months, I have felt intense grief multiple times. Once due to the irreversible breakdown of a cherished friendship and the latest due to the loss of my pet. The pain I felt due to the loss of a relationship seems minuscule compared to what I am feeling with Hela’s disappearance. (Hela…

The Silent One

Abuse. This word brings images of battered, bruised bodies. You think of physical abuse. You think of sexual abuse. It’s all over the place. Stories all over the news. Stories in our own lives. Somebody knows somebody who might have gone through it. But, rarely do you think of emotional abuse. There are no bruises…

Into the wild

School holidays were coming up and it was time to plan a trip. Every year a few friends of ours and us go on a holiday with the kids. We don’t necessarily look at it as an annual affair, but luckily it has ended being like that. This year too after discussing a few contenders,…

The Fake Feminist

You say you respect women. You say they are equal. You watch me cringe when he comes near. You ask, me why? I tell you. I was 19. He was your friend. And this, you have to hear. In the guise of affection, he would grab me, touch me and make me feel sick. I…

The Perpetual Outsider

Remember the first day at a new school? Trying to make new friends, making sure you impress; saying and doing the right things. Well, atleast not do the wrong ones! Hoping you make some connections. Now imagine feeling that…. well always. I changed schools often for different reasons. I went through four schools by the…

Kuala Lumpur 2

Day 6 Super exciting day!! I am off to Melaka or like locals spell it “Malacca”. It is around 150 Kms from Kuala Lumpur and a UNESCO world heritage site. I am going by a bus which takes 2 hours from KL’s TBS bus station, the main bus depot. I reach the bus stop and…

Kuala Lumpur

I was serving my notice period at work. Eagerly looking forward to the last working day. Ani, our friend who lives in Kuala Lumpur had been asking us to come visit him for a long long time. Now, he was even more persistent. Very soon I would have no excuse of “work” and he tried…

Dharamshala – Of peace and happiness

My therapist had asked me to stay away from solo trips, after the emotional wreck I had turned into, post my Czech republic & Slovakia trip in 2016. And so I did. 2017 was all about being with people. One holiday with my son and the other with a friend. But now I felt ready….

Hampi

I am writing this exactly 3 months after I did this trip. I visited Hampi as part of my office retreat. Well, retreat is a fancy word. Let’s just call it a trip. I had been wanting to go there for a long time so I was really looking forward to it. But I was…

Mutton Dalcha

I love red meat. Love it’s own deep flavour which I find missing in chicken. I had ordered meat online and butterfingers led to 2 orders instead of 1. So, I had quarter a kilo of mutton (lamb) sitting in my freezer for a week which needed to be cooked now!! So, a Sunday morning…