Category Archives: City life

Do nothing

Do nothing: the two most pleasing words on some days. On a regular basis, I love giving myself the permission to not act, to not react, to not do. I give myself space, lots and lots of empty space. There … Continue reading

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Slow Down

“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.” That’s what the small cutout said in my brother’s college apartment bathroom. At the time, I thought it was a cute word play on a popular tv advertisement for headache medicine. It turned out … Continue reading

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Horn Not OK, please!

These days, around Mumbai, I’m seeing quite a few stickers and hand-painted signs on the backs of trucks and tempos exclaiming, “Horn not OK, please!” Is Mumbai in the midst of a behaviour change experiment to kill honking? The perennial … Continue reading

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Big-hearted bullies

I pulled out of the building premises, waiting for a gap to merge into traffic. The road was packed, like a can of sardines. Cars, motorbikes and taxis were at a standstill. In front of me stood a big red … Continue reading

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What is normal in 2018?

“It’s cold!” I said to the hotel doorman. “Yes, it is,” he replied, in amiable agreement. “Is this normal?” He scoffed slightly, not unkindly, and said, “what is normal in 2018?” He gave me a knowing look, and we were … Continue reading

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Om, before and after

Om is a remarkable word, sound, utterance. It is a mantra in Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism, resonating for thousands of years across the universe. There is something powerful in the single syllable, in the vibrations it triggers. Without fail, the … Continue reading

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Antidote to an off-day

Some days are just meant for saying “Thanks, Day,” and getting into bed. Once there, pick up a favourite book and read it again because it will take you down the same memory lane as the last time you read … Continue reading

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