I read a ton of biographies. In almost every biography of a success story, there is a moment early in their life when our protagonist goes against the grain and shows some initiative that separates him or her from the pack. Two weeks ago, I decided I was tired of emailing my resume out endlessly. […]Read More Hey, I’m a person offline too.
When I was 17 years old, I moved from India to America. One of the most exciting things about this move was that I would now have access to attend rock shows. In the late 1990s, not many musicians toured India although I HAD had the pleasure of seeing a who’s who of one-album wonders […]Read More To Tom Drew, Wherever You Are, I Saw Tom Petty Last Night, So Screw You Pal
I was watching Roger Federer, the all-time winningest male tennis player, receive this trophy for a record sixth time in a row. It was not a Masters tournament or a tune-up tourney but an award won off the court – one for sportsmanship. Each year, the players who form the pro tennis tour vote to […]Read More “It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.” :The Nice Guy Rises in Sports
In efforts to meet a cool girl to romance, it was recommended to me to put out a personal ad for myself on various websites such as match, shaadi (like a good boy) and -leaving no stone unturned- christianmingle. I move around a lot and don’t meet any cool people at the gym or bars so I […]Read More New Online Dating Personal Ad
To my left was a barbershop called Pablo’s. Liking the name and needing a haircut, I walked in with no clue that getting a cut would never be the same again. I sat down and surveyed the layout. There was an older dark-skinned man with long, curly, slick hair doing something to a woman’s head […]Read More Blanco
From the time I was 10 until I was 16, my school bus more or less took the same route everyday. Barring a few months of changes here and there due to bus strikes, bus burning, reversals of one-ways or big ditches in the road, we always passed along the length of RT Nagar main […]Read More The Lassi Man
I haven’t written anything here in about 6 months which is by far the longest period of inactivity in this blog’s illustrious 3+ year history. The best years of this blog were without doubt when I lived in Korea and I had stories galore from my students and travels. Since I’ve moved back to the […]Read More 2012 STATE OF THE UNION.
Tonight, I’m writing just to write. 2am. Laptop. It’s become a ritual. By the way, ritual is one of my favorite words. Rituals are usually the most fun parts of things. For example, if you smoke cigarettes, it’s the ritual that’s harder to break in my opinion than the physical addiction. I miss buying a […]Read More Ritual.
I’ve just had one of the worst fortnights I’ve ever had and all things considered, I’m proud of myself for not flipping out. Aside from the usual complaints about work etc, life’s taken a dark turn lately. However, I am handling it and I know that this much stress would have chewed me up a […]Read More “Better start praying or something.”
This is one of my favorite Woody Allen scenes. It comes toward the end of Manhattan, Woody’s tour de force about relationships and life in Manhattan circa the late 1970s. It’s a stunningly shot movie, especially the black and white cityscapes set to the tunes of George Gershwin. It’s gorgeous and I always feel good […]Read More Why is life worth living?