To think of Kabul and of the culture, the people, the snow-capped mountains surrounding the brown, barren landscapes—the 3000-year old city has always felt familiar. This is a land that I have never visited, but in my mind’s eye, Kabul is vivid and intriguing. Faces of young men and women with flushed cheeks and bony … Continue reading Sometimes all that is left of a place are beautiful memories. Taran N. Khan’s Shadow City is a revisit to her beloved land—Kabul.
Tiny flowers blossoming through the cracks of neighborhood walls; dandelions thriving in the wilderness; water streams, making their way to a distant lake, shaping the terrain and sculpting the rocks on its path; trail of fallen leaves on that morning mountain hike; and the warmth of the afternoon sun on a cold wintry day—don’t they … Continue reading Ruskin Bond’s My Favourite Nature Stories teaches about little pleasures of life
On a balmy afternoon, while sifting through my beloved mahogany bookshelf, I came across an old edition of the Outlook Traveller magazine. I opened it, perhaps, out of my aching desire to hit the road, see the mountains and catch the waves again, or maybe I realized that we are somewhat stuck in a time … Continue reading Expeditions and Explorations: An Atlas that can open many possibilities of life
When the monsoons arrive, they change Goa’s landscape into a dramatic vision—turning the foliage into lush green, soaking every bit of the parched land and making the distant hills grow verdant with eagerness. One can see nature’s abundance all around: be it the dark, heavy clouds almost touching the land about to burst or the … Continue reading Goa: Monsoon Escapades and the Never-Ending Chase
The sight of packed taxis outside the airport brought a smile on my face. That sudden rush of excitement carrying so much anticipation and hope, just the way a child does, felt carefree and joyous as I stepped outside. I asked the driver if he was willing to take us through the East Coast Road … Continue reading Pondicherry: Discovering its Charming, Gallic and Spiritual Side
If I must describe this book in one word, I would call it “exhaustive”. Phew! I can’t recall how many times I might have whined about giving it up, wanting to stop halfway and reassuring myself that I can leave a book unfinished. It is alright. Those first hundred pages felt like an arduous journey, … Continue reading The beautiful expansive prose of this wonderful literature
There are two kinds of leaders: one, who sees you yet passes by without acknowledging your presence and the other, who spots you from a distance, looks at you and makes sure to give you an honest, affable smile, come rain and shine. Disseminating big words is easy but practicing them takes a lifetime. True … Continue reading On Leadership
Welcome to this extraordinary epoch of new-normal. The three-syllable word has come to resonate with a profound change that is happening in the world today—redefining our outlook and putting our life into perspective—on our existence; our relationships; our ambitions and accomplishments. At such times, the word, unprecedented, has found a special place in our everyday … Continue reading A Novel Change: Where Do We Go from Here?
Why some people leave a powerful impact long after they die? I sat on my chair for a long time, thinking hard, trying to articulate my thoughts. I looked for words, desperately wanting to write, as I soaked up the news on the passing away of a versatile artiste, the multifaceted man, and the one … Continue reading An Ode to Brilliance, Art and Legacy
The present circumstances has caught us all by surprise. On the brighter side, this is quite a good time to go back to things that we had always wanted to do, but never had the time for. Few things that this surreal phase has taught me is to never keep anything for tomorrow. Like spending … Continue reading 5 Travel Movies to Watch This Season