To everything there is a season … turn, turn, turn.

“Autumn …. the year’s last, loveliest smile” – William Cullen Bryant (author) I love Autumn. Wandering through the heaths and parks, you can’t miss the distinct inward turn of energy in the air. An absolute contrast to the exuberance of summer. Its as if the trees have decided to say goodbye to all the partying…

But you have nothing to do

It’s quite funny. Every time one of my friends is working from home or has a day off these days, I get an excited text message from them in the morning. Usually around 10am. “Not at work today. Completely free. Let’s do something.” I just got one of this today. Unfortunately, I didn’t read this…

The messiness of life

I’m re-reading the Stephen Grosz’s ‘The Examined Life‘ It’s a collection of case histories when he was a psychoanalyst. One of the stories is about grief and how our pursuit for ‘closure’ worsens the experience, making it all the more stressful. We want to get better. We want our grief to follow a clean 5…

A high-maintenance wok OR listen to the lady in Chinatown

So I accidentally bought myself a high-maintenance wok. I was in Chinatown on the lookout for a wok because my old non-stick one seemed to look ‘off’. I saw a wok, it looked about right and I bought it. That would have been the end of the story except the nice Chinese lady at the…

The mythical Thule – how strong is your imagination?

There’s a small exhibition at the British Library about Seeking the Northwest Passage – why Europeans have been driven to explore the fabled Northwest Passage. An ancient Greek geographer described the regions beyond Britain as the mythical Thule (pronounced Thoolay): “… those regions in which there was no longer any proper land nor sea nor…

Shrove Tue pancakes and dreams

I love pancakes. That’s what I really love about the US – their fluffy, light pancakes. Having said that, I had some mean European crepe style pancakes in Neuremberg and a friend (food nutrition specialist, A), made us some lovely crepey-pancakes two weekends ago. The funny thing is, today pancakes get elevated from just a…

The endurance of boredom

Everytime I practice dance now, my thoughts start going towards editing. Basically thinking how to make it more dramatic and less boring. How to snip out all the boring parts. I would never tell my teacher this though. For her, the structure of each piece is set and if you are dancing bharathanatyam, it’s your…

What do you not want to do now?

I’ve been thinking about some of the worst advice out there and one of it definitely has to be “you need to know what you want in order to get it.” Obviously there’s truth in this. But the problem is that it is not very constructive at times when you don’t know what you want….

No one saves us but ourselves

“No one saves us but ourselves. We alone must walk the path” the Buddha It so brutal in it’s honesty and scary. I really don’t think I’m qualified to save myself. I don’t even think I’m qualified to be an adult but that’s another matter altogether. ┬áSurely, there must be a clause that if you…

Dealing with uncertainty

So we’re nearly 10 days into January and I can’t wait to move on to Feb already. I hate Januarys. I think it’s a miserable month, especially in London. Leading up to Christmas as it gets dark and cold outside, it’s cute. But two months in, you’ve had enough. At least I’ve had enough. I…

Hello 2015, I’m scared

Now 2015 is here. And to be honest, I’m scared. Taking a break was great but I told myself that I need to start getting my act together in 2015.