Pink Pangea: From Wall Street To Wanderlust

“You don’t ever go home, do you?” asked my colleague sarcastically. “I do, but not that often.  I like going to unfamiliar places.  That is my idea of a vacation,” I replied. In the long conversation that ensued, I did not know how to explain to my colleague why I keep wandering from place to…

Pink Pangea: The Toy Artisans of Channapatna

A cloud of dust billows up as the rickety state run bus leaves the bus stop.  One hour back, en route to Bangalore from Srirangapatnam, Michelle, Nisha and I, spontaneously decided to get down at Channapatna – the land of toys.  We head to the auto-rickshaw stand and hail a vehicle towards the toy factories. …

Life Is A Book

The girl sitting at the table next to me seems lost in her book.  Hair tied in a bun, a swirling star tattoo peeking from under the pullover sleeve near the wrist, she bites her pink painted nails unconsciously.  A glass of untouched ice tea, a bottle of water, half opened pack of cigarettes and…

Familiar Sights With A Fresh Perspective

The family of pigeons that have made my windowsill their permanent home have been unusually noisy this morning with their hoarse gruff and grunts.  Grabbing the house keys, phone and wallet I am greeted with a cold gust of wind as soon as I open the front door.  Zipping up my jacket, I walk down…

Morning Sojourn in Namma Bengaluru

The monsoons have arrived in Bangalore and with it has brought to life the lush greenery that this place is famous for.  The tree lined 100 Feet Road in Indiranagar is once again a bloom of purple, red and yellow Gulmohars that form a canopy throughout its length.  Early mornings are slowly advancing towards getting…

The City Of Joy

The announcement from the flight attendant woke me up from the mild slumber and I looked down. The display of small bright lights seemed to decorate the whole city and gave its meaningful name The City of Joy! After all the waiting in queue for check-out and baggage, I exit the aerodrome and hail a taxi.…