The constant Corona news doesn't let me forget Italy. I hold on to the memories of how I saw it last summer- breathtaking, bustling with life, impromptu street concerts, delicious food and wine to sign off each day. I remember evenings in Venice, shadowy inky gondolas bobbing on the dark blue Adriatic Sea, under the… Continue reading Colours of Venetian Isles.
Corona Virus with an official name COVID-19 hopped across China, Korea, Iran, skipped to Italy and finally jumped to India. When WHO declared it a pandemic, I had to google the word since my vocabulary on contagion began with outbreak and ended with epidemic. Social distancing physically continues to be propped up like Captain America's… Continue reading When Corona Came Marching Home.
"Where are you from?" I am often asked this question. I blame my non distinctive looks that place me anywhere from the North Eastern region of India to Nepal, Tibet, Thailand. Once I was even excitedly pegged for a Japanese by my country men. Sigh! Closer home, confusion reigns supreme in my state of Uttarakhand.… Continue reading Identity Crisis and The Indian Election Mahakumbh!
Dussehra had always meant watching the towering effigies of the Asura king Ravana with impressive ten heads, Meghnad, his valiant son and Kumbhkaran, his fierce brother, installed in the huge open maidan appropriately called Parade Ground. Much of the conversation would centre around how it was a shade better than the year before; bigger definitely… Continue reading October Bytes#3: Ravana Rush
Anthony Bourdain is dead at 61. He killed himself. Over and over and more, all over the newspapers, on the internet, in my mind. I'm surprised by how his passing away has affected me. I never hero worshipped him nor was a rabid fan. I did enjoy watching his show on TLC when ever I… Continue reading RIP
Long time ago in a galaxy far away, Milky Way to be precise, lived a little girl who wanted to be a Jedi, like Luke Skywalker. She thought it was even better than being Superman. One could zoom across planets and galaxies in space ships with friends, meet odd-exotic creatures that populated those worlds. She… Continue reading Twinkle, twinkle, infinite stars…
So how outrageous do you have to be to stand out, grab eyeballs, jab the curiosity button, halt someone in their scrolling tracks? How about zombies, flamethrower and ELON MUSK the tweeter! Deadly combination, right? Ok, here is the actual tweet from his verified account that left me flustered. Well, he has a factory for… Continue reading A tweet that raised the Boring Company stakes
Winter has set yet the air is hot and dirty. Delhi was in the news for its smog conditions; the media, the memes, the wats app forwards had so much material to tap and I living 300 kilometres away developed a nagging cough. I'm unsure whether to blame the changing season or the quality of… Continue reading Clearing a queen size smog
Jarvis is here, in the real world, in the house of one Mark Zuckerberg! For the uninitiated, JARVIS or Just A Rather Very Intelligent System is a voice activated kickass virtual assistant designed by Tony Stark aka Iron Man from the Marvel universe (Yes! A comic book, now a Hollywood money spinner is the inspiration,… Continue reading Virtually yours, JARVIS
The self imposed ban on the Internet,in the interest of clearing my exams with minimal drama, is over and it is good to be back . Believe me ,there were times when I weakened and gave into the siren's call -I checked my phone! I know for sure now that my Whatsapp status 'busy' was… Continue reading Breaking news!