“You are too fair to be of South Indian descent” remarked my friend who was from Pune. “So you have doubts to my Kerala origins? I replied. Along came another friend from Gujarat, he said “No! Girls from Kerala are so pretty and can be lighter skinned like you..” I wondered later about what they… Continue reading The forgotten legacy of the British colonization of India
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My silken locks Lustrous, luxurious, soft, shiny, glossy, slippery, and rich, a single look at silk brings these words to the mind. I have been fortunate to be wearing silk throughout my life since teens. My mother loved luxurious cloths and only choose natural fabrics, cotton, wool or silk. My sister and I were not… Continue reading A hair saga : Thine silken mane
Leave it to a scientist to find an eye-conic solution to insomnia. It all began in PhD, the dreary overworked time in which your eyes suffer more than your brain and your brain is already working at 500% efficiency. My sister (also in the mistake of being in a doctorate program) stepped into the liquidation… Continue reading Insomnia and eye creams
It was a beautiful evening with the flashing traffic lights displaying a spectacle like that of fireworks. All the girls were ready waiting for the bus when I reached there. I was 23, pretty in pink, starry eyed, and I was ecstatic at the idea of hiking in the mountains with all my girls.“Hellos to… Continue reading Once upon a sorority tour….
For the vanity slump part I please click here . It has been a full 6 months now, we all lost a job, the pandemic destroyed all chances of getting a new job, we faced death of a loved once, grieving in death saw millions who lost their near and dear ones, the lockdown and… Continue reading The Vanity Slump: Part II
200 years ago a lovely peasant girl from the forest (check here) would have explored the breadth and length of the forest in search for the deepest Larkspur she could find. She would find the blue flowers to set on her tiny dinner table but never would she ever dream of finding a blue rose.… Continue reading The dream of finding a blue rose
Anyone listening to baroque, rococo, and classical period music with merry violins and happy harpsichords chirping away would believe that the world is heaven. The music is too uplifting, and adding the setting of the gardens of Versailles it forms a display of utmost ecstasy, like a ballerina pirouetting on the roses of an imperial… Continue reading The Happy Harpsichord
Yildiz Park: the north point on the hill, you walk the slope down from here. Hidden in a silent lonely hill, away from the skyscrapers, hustle and bustle of the cafes, shops and bars, in an old suburb of Beşiktaş district lies Yildiz park (Yıldız Sarayı). The entrance to the park eluded me several times,… Continue reading Strolling in the royal hunting grounds
Once upon a time there was a peasant girl who lived happily on her farm. She toiled day in and day out helping her mother in the fields and father in the forest to collect wood. Time passed and she grew up to be a young woman. She was talk of the village for her… Continue reading The Vanity Slump
At a remote village in winter- I disconnected from noisy urban life (and internet) and found meaning. The silent silver shoots with the ice capped peaks in the backdrop. I left the city for a break one winter. The break was like a desperate escape from the fast paced city life. I went to a… Continue reading Neutralize in the still void of the wilderness
It surprises me how much relationship advice one can get from classic tales. There's a reason why masterpieces are called so. The best and most realistic version of the beauty and the beast fairytale I found was La Bella e la Bestia tv series 2014 from Mediaset Spain, LuxVide and RaiFiction Italy . An unkown,… Continue reading The Beast Inside of Him
★★★★★ I was disappointed in a positive way when I read the Forbes article "‘Assassins Creed Odyssey’ Is The Perfect Non-Animal Crossing Lockdown Game" (read here), because it said everything that I wanted to say. The writer Paul Tussi literally stole the words from my mouth. Assassins Creed Odyssey is the game to play in… Continue reading An adventure in Ancient Rome
Unapologetically I proclaim the vain nature of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Classic and heavily admired as they are, filled with doom amid romance, they are totally overshadowed by the practicality, blunt nature and straightforward merit of Anne Bronte's magnum opus "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall". The moment I watched it, I watched it again,… Continue reading The innocence at Wildfell
We all need something in life. We are all in want and in need of something desperately. It could be big or small, valuable or cheap. It could be the most important need of your life or a simple want. It could be as simple as growing nails, growing long hair, loosing weight to be… Continue reading But first wait long
Atropa belladonna, commonly referred to as Belladonna, is the deadly nightshade, a highly poisonous plant. Alice sitting on the grass on a hot dull summers day hums to herself ...All the flowersWould have very extra-special powersThey would sit and talk to me for hoursWhen I'm lonely in a world of my ownIn a World of… Continue reading Flowers with magic powers
Power wasn't in the throne where the sultan sat, rather the bed where he slept and with whom he laid.
Despite being a non-art person there I was infront of the museum of art in Philadelphia. I know nothing about American history. None. I'm a bit illiterate in this regard. It's a bit understandable given that the Oxford history of India is so large and detailed I could never get the names or dates right.… Continue reading Where “art” thou?
Whilst travelling sometimes such trips pop up that are far more profound than others. Tourism is not only for relaxing enjoying and having a great time, sometimes they have an impact on your soul, they stir up a kind of spiritual portal inside of you which you never knew existed. It was enormous, the Gökgöl… Continue reading The genie of the cave
The types are innumerable. I remember in 2013 enrolling in college a short time into the semester when news of a suicide occurring in the dorms spread like fire throughout the campus. I remember getting a direct account of the story from a friend who shared the same building, the details were frightful. An insecure… Continue reading Dealing with all forms of pain
in April two years ago the adventure of a lifetime was the most relaxing way to spend the spring. Though we cannot access travel now but a nostalgia of the beautiful adventures could bring the home-imprisoned world of today some solace and hope. For anyone travelling form outside Turkey, as you fly to Istanbul at… Continue reading Mermaids and waterfalls, fairies and forests
The Fairy Chimneys formed from wind erosion as far as I understand If I could stress on one word it would be "peculiar" and very wierd indeed. From the many places I have seen by far the strangest was Cappadocia located in central Turkey. And its not just the place. The feeling, the energy of… Continue reading As above so below: Cappadocia- the strangest mysterious place I have ever seen
Dear Mom, Happy Birthday! You are forever young and beautiful and will not grow older. Some people are meant to be beautiful, they are not touched by senility and a downward spiralling longevity into a mere trace of the splendor that they once possessed in youth. Princess Diana remains young and beautiful to this day.… Continue reading On finding the road back to you….
The pandemic has brought out ugly truths of our fast paced modern lives which have left us baffled and changed. Everything has changed perspective and what may have once seemed a necessity no longer serves any purpose. The lockdown slumped the lipstick index and cosmetic sales plummeted. I just like the rest of us didn't… Continue reading Minimalism with responsible decluttering
Some people in life are so precious, they are the air that we breathe. They are the light in our lives and the twinkle in our eyes. People that we assume we cannot simply live without .... And then as fate would have it. We loose them. We are forced to be separated with them,… Continue reading The secret in The Secret Garden
It was a German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who said “Was mich nicht umbringt macht mich stärker." "what does not kill me makes me stronger."Twilight of the the Idols (1888) In life we are terribly scarred by experience, adversity, mishap, accident, grief and so many other deeeply impactful scenarios which drag a person down into despair. They… Continue reading What doesn’t kill you, only makes you smaller
Francesca Cappellini a fellow molecular biologist, now a successful science writer, describes how PhD graduates can break free from the invisible obligation of remaining connected to the academic circle and find new career paths with a doctorate degree. How can we make a career change if we don't have experience in a similar role? When… Continue reading The university road can lead to different paths