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…

Life does not need a prep course

  The other day, a friend was crying over her relationship. She’s been in a similar state for over a year now. I brought up the possibility of breaking up. “I can’t. I just can’t do it. I’m not as brave as you are.” I nearly sputtered my tea all over the already tear-stained table….

The story of a heart

“Listen to your heart,” sang Roxette. Words that sound innocuous enough but for some people it is a lifetime battle to do this task justice. It obviously doesn’t help that your heart speaks a strange, garbled language. Perhaps, Elvish. Perhaps, something else. I don’t know. It doesn’t help that it whispers. Or rather barely whispers and…

#Delve: Grace

Sometimes words never seem enough to describe a situation or a concept. We try and come as close to it as we can but only a facet of what we really experience is revealed. I find grace one such concept: “to bring honour or credit to (something or someone) by one’s attendance and participation” ……

Here’s a piece of advice

This is what I’ve realised about advice – it’s got a hell a lot to do with the person giving it. It’s about their own fear about uncertainty or death. It’s about their discomfort with pain. It’s about not wanting to face the fact that sometimes life is not in their own hands. A good…

Signs – the sea birds and Alexandria

Chief architect of Alexandria, Dinocrates, needed to mark out the shape of the new city’s future roads, houses and water channels. But there was no chalk available so he used barley flour instead. But when the grain was scattered to mark the relevant angles, flocks of sea birds would snoop down and feast. Many considered…

Living serendipitously

I was reading the guardian article about Sebastiano Magnanini. He had tried to steal a $1M painting in Venice. He worked as a high-end tour guide at the temples of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. According to his friends, he knew everything about the history of those temples. He was neighbours with a sculptor, Sarah…

Hand shake

Reading an article about scientists hypothesising on why handshakes form such an important part of our social interaction. Handshakes do give out a lot of social cues. For example, when I meet someone new at work and it’s male and he gives me a firm, firm handshake, I know immediately to watch out for him…

Mother – She Will Never Again

Originally posted on Skinny and Single:
My mother passed away in 2004 and lately I’m thinking about her constantly. It is like I’ve suddenly, just now, realized that she isn’t coming back. She will never again snap at me for not brushing my hair before coming into the restaurant. She will never again snap at me…

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…