Reading. Day-dreaming. Writing
People. Places. Journeys
Weather-wise : Rain-song. Wind-whispers. Winter-shiver.
Musically – country, rock, sufi.
Marquez, Coetzee, Hardy, Vikram Seth, Prem Chand, Ramchandra Guha, Amitav Ghosh, Raj Kamal Jha, Naipaul, Rushdie, DH Lawrence, Geetha Hariharan, Ismat apa, Bapsi Sidhwa, UR Ananthamurthy, Pavan K Verma, Achebe, Pearl S Buck, Pamuk, George Orwell, Dickens etc etc..
Eliot, Yeats, Maya Angelou, Pablo Neruda, Byron, Nirala, Mahadevi Verma, Bachchan, Ghalib, Tennyson, Robert Frost ….
This too shall pass. 🙂
The Indian Express (July 2005-June 2008)
25 random things about me
1. At 13, I had to drop out of school for six months and shift to a government school bustling with verbose, young girls. That is where I learnt talking.
2. That was the year when I also ran away from home, twice, and once spent the night lying hidden inside a cargo truck. At dawn, I sneaked back to my room to find everyone awake and crying. I never ran away again.
3. I strongly believe in love. In a weird way, I can love and hate at the same time.
4. I want to go back to studies, preferably when I am pregnant. I believe in the Mahabharata tales on Abhimanyu.
5. I want to write a book some day – a rustic tale of sunshine destinies and improbable successes.
6. I want to take a mid-year break for an ascetic life sometime soon – back to a Yoga school in the city I was born in.
7. Once, I had a take on everything happening around me – from politics to drama. Five years at work have taught me to take it easy. I am absolutely unperturbed.
8. I am a loner; I like quiet sessions with friends over a cup of coffee and a poetry book. And, if possible, a rendition of Madhushala.
9. I can sleep for 24 hours at a stretch. Especially on a cold Sunday morning.
10. I like my morning tea served on my bed, with the newspapers. I am a lazy bum.
11. I hate to work for a living; I am looking forward to the day I can work to have fun.
12. I cannot and just not suck up to anyone (You could call it a bloated ego; I call it my inner fibre of self-respect).
13. I think men are very beautiful, especially when they respect women and offer them their seats in a crowded bus.14. As a schoolgirl, I was determined to marry a man who could sing well.
15. I like to write poems and am addicted to blogging. But often, I just can’t write a word.
16. These days, I am training to run. When I run, I feel liberated.
17. I have an extremely creative brother and I am really looking for a pretty painter to set him up with 🙂
18. I think people should go to work with lots of self-respect. This reflects in the work they do.
19. I am irritated with the world going mean. I mean why can’t someone just say hi to a stranger?
20. I often go out of my way to help people. Once, I was close to making myself too stoic for such kindnesses but I think I would rather help than regret not helping.
21. Few months ago, I gave up on a man I once considered my guardian angel. Today, I am challenging him to be a man again.
23. I want to go back to my 47 kgs again.
24. I hate the frills – in clothes, women and men and conversations.
25. Rains turn me on. Next best is an intelligent man.