Of Cinema, Literature & the National Anthem

I spent a good chunk of September back home in Chennai, India, which partly explains why I haven't added anything to this space for over a month. Back when I used to live in Chennai, my friends and I regularly whined about the city - its crowds, the heat, public transportation, the conservativeness. We moaned about… Continue reading Of Cinema, Literature & the National Anthem

Visual Diary: Postcards from Bali II

A continuation of the Bali chronicles: evening walks, indulging in local food, a trip to the Elephant Cave (you won't actually find real elephants here), visiting the Ubud Royal Palace, tea & coffee tasting at a coffee plantation (my favourite? Lemongrass tea)... And cherished moments of early morning solitude as the light slowly seeped in… Continue reading Visual Diary: Postcards from Bali II

Visual Diary: Postcards from Bali

Earlier this year, I found myself on the Indonesian island of Bali. I don't think I've ever come across that luscious shade of green - and in such large quantities - anywhere else. We stayed at the Karma Jimbaran resort, in a quaint cottage with a charming little pool by the entrance. At every street corner… Continue reading Visual Diary: Postcards from Bali

Fiction: Transitioning

At Platform 3 of the Chennai Central railway station, Madhu hugged her parents and stepped aboard the Tamil Nadu Express. The train started to pull away and her mother was predictably tearful as she waved goodbye. Her father adopted a brave expression, although Madhu knew that he was sick with worry, and placed his arm… Continue reading Fiction: Transitioning

Notes from Jerusalem

[Jerusalem Diaries. August 2015.] I'm back in Jerusalem, interning with the Palestine-Israel Journal. PIJ is a quarterly magazine that aims to explicate complex issues dividing Israeli and Palestinian societies, among other things. This morning, the co-editor of the journal joked about the confounding nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: a man visited the region for a… Continue reading Notes from Jerusalem

Visual Diary: Miles from Budapest

It was rainy, gloomy and cold when I arrived in Budapest in the spring of 2014. Not exactly the kind of weather that leaves travellers jumping for joy. And yet that didn’t change the fact that Budapest is, as Anthony Bourdain noted, “ludicrously beautiful”. And so I trudged along, camera in tow, attempting to photograph… Continue reading Visual Diary: Miles from Budapest

Euphoria & Dread: The India I Know

Every time I return from India, there is a sense of loss - imprecise, suspended, like a hole without a ring. Yet there is also a feeling of release, as if one had just escaped death by drowning." - Sasthi Brata, 'India: Labyrinths in the Lotus Land' It's been five years since I actually lived… Continue reading Euphoria & Dread: The India I Know