It was probably January 2012. I saw this beautiful magazine cover photograph, and challenged myself to sketch it out. I took the help of my art teacher to get the facial proportions right and began working on the fabric. And then, somewhere down the line, I abandoned the sketch. I cannot recall why. I occasionally […]


We hadn’t really planned on making a rangoli this year. It isn’t something we do traditionally. All that changed, however, when a close friend of mine sent me a photograph of a beautiful rangoli she had made with her sister. My cousin and I went shopping for colours, and with the help of my mother, […]

Sneaking in a little shut-eye

It’s that time of the year again, when we worship the Goddess of Learning, Saraswati. Submitting all our study material to the feet of the deity, we take a little break ourselves*. Wishing you a very happy Gandhi Jayanthi, Navratri, and Vijay Dasami! * Find out more here.

Swiping away on my phone playing a popular game, I was sitting in the metro train. It was peak office hours and the coach was crammed. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a young lady gesturing to the passenger sitting next to me. If she said something, I didn’t hear. Partly because […]

I salute the deity before beginning, I salute mother earth, for the strength I derive from her, I salute my guru for all the knowledge I inherit. I help protect the innocent from savages, And heal the victims of ravages. Over the ages, I have travelled across the seas, And been nurtured by different cultures. […]


Wishing you a very Happy Independence Day. Jai Hind!

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A little while back, I visited the food court at HUDA City Centre Metro Station. Now I’m not very fond of fancy restaurants. I usually end up buying corn on the cob from a street vendor. But when my stomach groaned, I reluctantly entered the newly opened food court. It didn’t take long for me […]

You put in all your efforts, I smile ’cause I’m impressed. That is what you think. To you, I am always pretty. But it’s not because of you, That is my ill fate. You wait for me to blossom, And at just the right time, Cut me off my stem. You give me sparkles, A little water to […]


It’s well past 10:00 pm. I have to get up early tomorrow morning to get to work. My father nudges me more than a few times. I need to rest my weary eyes. Roger Federer is struggling in his quarterfinal match against Stanislas Wawrinka. ‘Not again!’ I say to myself. Is he going to miss […]

Upon entering Rajon ki Baoli

It was in the first week of March, late in the afternoon. Winter was receding and the weather was just perfect for going monument hunting. Before leaving, we ran a quick search on the internet. A map in hand, we got off at the Qutab Minar Metro station and walked along the road. After about fifteen minutes, we […]


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