Thursday, November 21, 2013

I absolutely ADORE the What I see Project, visuals and videos on women's self perception. The lovely Sohini Pal has taken the photo (what seems like a long time ago, when I still lived in Delhi sob sob!) If you like it, you should think of contributing as well!

Here it is :

http://whatiseeproject.com/story/what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-woman64

Friday, November 15, 2013

Bombay!

While London saw some very frantic - and shall we say- some very emotional posts, I wrote nearly nothing about my life in Delhi. I probably wrote a couple of oblique pieces and a few scattered thoughts on " Write me Letters Maybe." That series served (and continues to serve) as a source of great therapy. Something that put me off writing on this blog was a girl from my class who wrote some extremely hurtful things on my blog. I usually can't care less, but it came at a time when I was told that my grandfather would probably not make it, had a bad breakup and was writing a dissertation. I soldiered on somehow, going through the motions but my heart was really not in anything that I was doing. I could not focus on or concentrate and the whole thing made me terribly depressed to begin with.

I even ended up writing my dissertation on grief because I do think that I am depressive. Narratives of sadness always fascinate me because there is always this tendency to constantly be gung-ho about everything and everyone. All the time you will hear things like "be positive". "be strong". "grow up", almost as if there is no space for re-imagining, for constructing and creating your life from scratch again.

Anyhow, I have decided to chronicle my life in Bombay on this blog, and let's see where that takes me!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Lost

Everyone who knows me outside blogosphere, knows how terrible I am with directions. Ask me to cross a street, tell me to turn right or left and I invariably get lost. The getting lost has been a consistent theme in every city that I have lived in- be it London or Edinburgh or Calcutta (my hometown, no less!) or even Delhi, for that matter.

Knowing that I am terrible with directions also has its advantages. I usually ask more canny people. I try and check out the location beforehand if I have an important meeting. Sometimes none of this works and I still get lost.

The other day for instance, I had a job interview. I looked up google maps and I was well prepared for the interview. I felt proud of myself, even smug. I took a long bath, listened to some happy music and sang on my way to the metro station. I had to be in a good mood for my job interview after all.

Once I boarded the metro, I realised that I didn't even know the address of the office. Thankfully, my friend N managed to retrieve the address for me and I got to the interview on time.

Well, what can I say- I get by with a little help from my friends.