My Blog This Is My Truth Featured on Femina Magazine

Hi all, I am happy to announce that my blog, This Is My Truth, have been featured on Femina magazine October 2017 issue among India's top 50 female bloggers, under the women issues section. I am very glad about this after 12 years of relentless blogging, although in principle, bloggers shouldn't be looking for print … Continue reading My Blog This Is My Truth Featured on Femina Magazine

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This Shit Really Did Happen, It Was On The Morning Papers, Then Came the But

Talking about that shit called Love. I won't talk much about it anymore. Already shared a lot on my Facebook and Twitter. We authors cannot write about someone unless they are out of our lives. But this  man is a bit of exception. He found me on Twitter, expressed his crush, said "I love you" … Continue reading This Shit Really Did Happen, It Was On The Morning Papers, Then Came the But

Cancer The Misfortune That Fell On Us

3rd April 2017 Cancer. Not a disease but a culture. A major story twist. The deadly misfortune has been part of the most tragic films and literature. Mostly it would be the male protagonist, he falls sick and doctors tell him, “You have last stage Cancer, only few days of your life are left” and … Continue reading Cancer The Misfortune That Fell On Us

“Take Her To Another Hospital” Max Hospital Emergency Didn’t Give Treatment Because No Room To Admit Patient

A 63 year old patient with severe fluid in both lungs, rapidly decreasing oxygen saturation (90 to 85 to 81 percent within few hours) and increasing breathing trouble was not given any treatment at Max Hospital Emergency, simply because they had no room to admit her. "Take her to another hospital" said the Max Hospital … Continue reading “Take Her To Another Hospital” Max Hospital Emergency Didn’t Give Treatment Because No Room To Admit Patient

Biyer Khaat, The Wedding Bed For A Feminist

There is a thing in Bengali, 'Biyer Khaat' meaning wedding bed. Usually, how it works is when a girl gets married, it is customary for her parents to provide the matrimonial bed, bedding, dressing table, almirah as gifts/dowry and in that bed the couple start a new life, make love, have babies. As children grow … Continue reading Biyer Khaat, The Wedding Bed For A Feminist

Hugh Laurie is Getting A Star I Am Not Invited and Other Stories

Writing this in lightening speed. Gotta keep my followers updated on what's happening in life even though my hands are too full for blogging. For the last 3 days all I am doing is lying under my favourite Portico sheets and telling myself "So much work to do" but not getting up and doing them. … Continue reading Hugh Laurie is Getting A Star I Am Not Invited and Other Stories

The News Sucks And There’s a Femicide in Guatamela

Hello people. A confession, the staying off Facebook / Twitter didn't really work. Social media platforms are no longer just places to share your thoughts but also to seek information and exchange ideas. This bit was missing when we first started blogging. Back then it was only about sharing. So that's a learning from this experiment. … Continue reading The News Sucks And There’s a Femicide in Guatamela

Race, gender and nation: Case of Afghnistan

How does a woman reconcile and negotiate her cultural identity with the gender identity where her culture is inherently oppressive to women.

When Old People Don’t Know They Are Old And Are Stubborn

Alright whenever mom is not around I have a lot of issues with dad. This blog has already seen evidence of that. Since last night he's given me 10 warnings that, "Tomorrow, early morning, I would go to Sarojini Nagar Market." In this heat, he wants to venture out, go to Sarojini from Dwarka, changing two … Continue reading When Old People Don’t Know They Are Old And Are Stubborn

Acceptance Validation and Appreciation – 3 Things We Seek on Social Media

Facebook and social media in general is making me miserable. So I am doing an experiment to answer some existential crisis.

Surreal dream, pain and Darren Aronofsky’s Pi

When watching a film is not about entertainment. I was staying with a bunch of young hippies who were playing guitar and singing songs early in the morning. I took a shower and went and sat next to them listening to their music and smiling. I had to catch the train at 9.30 am and … Continue reading Surreal dream, pain and Darren Aronofsky’s Pi

Life is back off track and I love it

I just came back from my SWBT (Single Woman Budget Traveler) trip to Manali, Leh and parts of Ladakh. I went impromptu, solo, on a budget, I traveled in state run public transport and shared cabs and stayed in low cost home stays (costing INR 400-500 per night). I think what I did was pretty … Continue reading Life is back off track and I love it

I met Lucky but I didn’t get lucky – Delhi’s Thak Thak Gang’s smooth criminals

Oye Lucky Lucky Oye that Abhay Deol starer film was one of my all-time favourite films. Not anymore for I met a Lucky in my real life. It happened in broad day light at the Hauz Khas - IIT gate traffic signal, opposite to Essex Farm, amidst a heavy Monday evening traffic and right under the nose … Continue reading I met Lucky but I didn’t get lucky – Delhi’s Thak Thak Gang’s smooth criminals

Night in and outside my bedroom

It's 3 am. The sky outside is thundering and pouring. I can't sleep. I find the night so much more interesting than day, that I don't feel like sleeping over it. Right now, all is quiet. Am alone in my room, on my bed. This space is so secure, so comfortable, so completely mine. No intruders, … Continue reading Night in and outside my bedroom

So it was my birthday yesterday

That is on 23rd of Jan. It was also the birthday of Netaji Subhash, Bal Thackeray and Lord Denning. I simply cannot stop obsessing over the coincidence of my birth date matching with these men, a fierce freedom fighter, the original Indian Godfather and one of the most popular Jurist who worked so much for … Continue reading So it was my birthday yesterday

Two events in two cities – Jstor workshop & India Social Summit 2010 – and one loss: Eventful life as always

Last couple of weeks have been eventful. I traveled, attended two very different types of events and then there was the loss of my paternal grandmother. This is to capture some of the moments from the last few days. --- 7th to 13th December, Bangalore: As already mentioned I went to Bangalore to speak at … Continue reading Two events in two cities – Jstor workshop & India Social Summit 2010 – and one loss: Eventful life as always

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Launch of Samyukta Media: My small step in a big world

Samyukta Media is alive and kicking, please visit website for more updates http://www.samyuktamedia.com So it has been about 3 months that I have quit and an update is much needed on how has life been without a job. Life has been good, more importantly,  it has been exactly the way I planned. Sometimes I get worried when … Continue reading Launch of Samyukta Media: My small step in a big world

Birthday 2010 – Am I any wiser?

This weekend it is my Birthday. Read my previous Birthday posts - 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 10 am No body called at mid-night this year. Of all the friends only Snigdha called so far. She asked if I am feeling any wiser and any more prudent with another year added to life. Good question. Well … Continue reading Birthday 2010 – Am I any wiser?

In anticipation of life to come, mourning a life gone.

Jango at his daily vigil This morning we lost our dog Jango. He was 11 and a half years old. He had never shown signs of old age until last Sunday when he refused to eat his meals. This was the first time ever that he said no to any thing that was edible. He … Continue reading In anticipation of life to come, mourning a life gone.

This weekend – night drive, motherhood, lost love and more

This weekend and another weekend this month or last month, the Saturday evenings were spent at Snigdha-Vinayak's place. What I usually do is land up at their place for lunch and then hang around till dinner. Towards the evening we always go to the terrace and enjoy the breeze and do a lot of talking. … Continue reading This weekend – night drive, motherhood, lost love and more

Going to attend ‘India Lies in You,’ Quitting from Mutiny’s Managing Editor position

Phew! So much is going on in life, just don't have the time to blog. This person asked, "whats up?" Now for some it might just be a conversation starter but for me it is a dilemma, should I or shouldn't I start telling what all is really up. Let me see, umm, from the … Continue reading Going to attend ‘India Lies in You,’ Quitting from Mutiny’s Managing Editor position

Life in Bangalore: On staying alone in my proud house

25th October 08 Over the past few weeks I have been going through, what I understand it to be, the most depressing phase of my life. I never knew what exactly depression means and how it gives you a fuckall feeling all through the day. I don't feel like going out of the walls I … Continue reading Life in Bangalore: On staying alone in my proud house

Thanks

Furobiker Abhishek, Lakshmi, Kalyan, Arnold, Aneesha, Seema, PP, Eddie, Rashmi, Snigdha and Anantha - Thanks to each one of you for still being around. I bestow upon you the 'Most loyal reader' awards. And from this day on this blog is going to start a new chapter in its life with 11 of its most … Continue reading Thanks

Long time, I know

Did anybody miss me? A lot has been going on. Will tell you all about it. Blame Twitter for the lack of blogging by the way. They made it so easy to express in such few words that you dont' wanna write long pages anymore. A few drafts are lying around since November. Will publish them … Continue reading Long time, I know

Long time no incoherence

Dr. Motion accused me of paying more attention to Mutiny and extending step motherly attitude to TIMT. Well she is right. Blogging has not been really happening the way it used to be 3 years back. There is no particular reason for it. I just don't feel so much anymore to be expressed. I feel … Continue reading Long time no incoherence

I give up

I woke up today with a terrible stomach ache. I can't explain what it was like but it took me back some 15 years. Those days this kind of pain was more common with me. The heart burn and the pricking pain is more recent. As long as my memory can go back I have … Continue reading I give up

PG – Mom dad please don’t read this

That was a PG rating for mom and dad coz they both are quite a fan of my blog. These weird thoughts just came to mind, dunno from where - what is this obsession men have with BBWs? Ok wikipedia would inform you BBW = Big Beautiful Women, but c'mon we all know what it … Continue reading PG – Mom dad please don’t read this

Holi 2008

Holi was good. Nothing much to write about it. I uploaded some pics on flickr, in 2 sets, Pondi and Alleppey's Holi and Our Holi check them out.    The long weekend was eventful. Wrote an emotional email, contemplated marriage, got on everybody's nerve pushing them for Blogathon Admin tasks and then on Sunday evening … Continue reading Holi 2008

Life in Bangalore: On newly found independence

Been a year and a month in Bangalore. Time flew by indeed and I have finally begin to feel I am settled here, only thing I miss is my car. I always wanted to have a car because it gives me a tremendous feeling of independence. As if those are not wheels but wings. I … Continue reading Life in Bangalore: On newly found independence

Holi: Then & Now

I, Snig and the gang are planning to celebrate the coming holi with lots of fun and frolic. One of the main item on the celebration agenda is to prepare the traditional Gujia for all. Gujia reminded me of writing this post. Holi, is the festival of colors, some blue (sad) some green (envy) and … Continue reading Holi: Then & Now

This Weekend

Being talented is not that fun always. At times you have to pay dearly for it. Now when you know there are about 54 lease documents that you'd have to go through. Read them, understand them and check if what your client is paying to the Landlord in terms of rent is exactly what he … Continue reading This Weekend

Happy Birthday – 3 Aquarians

Left to Right: Snigs, Kreeti and Me at Pecos, Church Street, Bangalore --------------  They say sunsigns are all bull shit. But I think it has to be too much of a coincidence that it was this bunch of 3 intelligent, smart, whacky, eccentric and super sexy aquarians that has together done some of the greatest … Continue reading Happy Birthday – 3 Aquarians

Happy Birthday Lappu

When Mr. Das found his wife at BCB5 he decided to adopt his wife's best friend too...me. Well, I say "he adopted" and he says "aap to dahej mein aa gaye ho" whatever, doesn't matter, I found a second home that's what is important. We used to call Mr. Das's wife as Lappu in school … Continue reading Happy Birthday Lappu

Still 30

  30th Birthday's gifts, the one time somebody got me flowers... ---- Three great people were born on the 23rd day of January, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Lord Denning and Yours Truly...That's right Happy Birthday to me.. oh remembered another name, Bal Thackeray. (What a varied range of personalities) Freezing my age at 30...few years down the … Continue reading Still 30

Happy New year

Another year, another time. Another picture on another wall. Couple of things before I take mom for the new year trip to Mysore, Ooty Coonor etc. Carrying forward a hardware problem. My laptop eating up alphabets, so much so that if I switch if off, I can't even type my user name and password to reboot. … Continue reading Happy New year

This morning’s thoughts

Something about the world is different today, and it would never be the same. Mshewta, friend from the core circle at school, lost her mother yesterday. Shaken. The members of their generation have begin to leave. We all have been like family, so many days and hours spent chatting with her, when ever we visited … Continue reading This morning’s thoughts

December Fever

Addendum: This post was featured on Bangalore Mirror dated 28-Dec-07 under the blog talk section. This was the 3rd time this blog got featured under the same section and the 5th time my name appeared in Bangalore Mirror. --------------------------- December fever as dad calls it, occurs during the last 5 days of the month of … Continue reading December Fever

Her Daughter’s home

"I am going to Bangalore to visit my daughter, see her new home." Every time Mom will say that to her relatives in this family wedding she is right now attending in Kolkata, they will ask back, "Oh really, so when did she get married? Got kids? A daughter's home is naturally presumed to be … Continue reading Her Daughter’s home

Marriage of True Minds

A lot has been happening in life, but not much writing is happening. This December Snig turned a new leaf on her life book. So did I. Our destinies are somewhere connected it seems. Even though I keep reminding myself am an atheist, when I think of the way I came down to Bangalore, met … Continue reading Marriage of True Minds

Camping for love

Camping for loveOriginally uploaded by Jace BCB5 Participant Speak Participant # 1 - Hi What collective are you in? Participant # 2 - Oh I am in 'I found my wife at BCB Collective' Vinayak Das found his wife Snigdha Sheel (my childhood friend, my eccentric crazy friend cum almost wife) and I found a … Continue reading Camping for love

This weekend

The much awaited 4 day weekend is to end in couple of hours. Here's another of my "This weekend" post. This weekend I realised how comfortable I have become in being alone on my own. I don't feel bored any more, I don't mind not talking to anybody for the whole day. I don't mind … Continue reading This weekend

Conversation with mom

Conversation on Gtalk… (Note mom's typing speed is one 100th of my speed, so I got edge over her while arguing, by the time she frames one argument and types it out I have said 5 more arguments. The conversation was in Bengali am giving the translated version) Me - Mom, when do you plan … Continue reading Conversation with mom

Weekend Snapshots

This weekend, My sister had a heart break, a real big one. She needs to look for reason to not fall apart. She joined the group I created, 2 years back, to hold myself together, by traveling and knowing how there is so much more to life than just the silly heart and its aches … Continue reading Weekend Snapshots

So what do you do, when

 Disclaimer: The word ‘You’ in the following lines is an assortment of many and not representing ME.    ...You admire a guy for the person he is, things he says or does, but you don’t think you can date him coz he is kinda out of your reach and you also don’t know how he … Continue reading So what do you do, when

A testimonial for a Beautiful Friend

Its amazing how some people never follow the trend. When every one been saying “hey send me an sms“. He’ll say, “honey text me up“. Samy will you call me, been ill for two days…or text me. though don hav no right nemore but been missing u.” That’s one of the sweetest sms i have … Continue reading A testimonial for a Beautiful Friend

Life in Bangalore II

Its 11.30 in the night and I can’t sleep. Came to bed at 10 been tossing and turning since then, eyes are burning, there’s a headache, feeling feverish and yet I can’t sleep. The bloody mind just won’t stop thinking. I have not been able to understand Bangalore’s weather yet. I am basically a hot … Continue reading Life in Bangalore II

Goodbye Delhi

Scribbling these last few lines as a Delhi based blogger.  Moving to Bangalore in another 6 hours for some uncertain period of time. I have never lived alone, never been to hostel or boarding school, extremely pampered by mom and dad all these years I am taking the rough road finally. Feeling very weird, never … Continue reading Goodbye Delhi

30th Birthday

[Disclaimer: This is purely a personal post, utterly boring, unneccesarily lengthy, containing no literary skills at all, the charecters are unknow to my readers and the situations are non contextual, in short this post is totally uncalled for on this blog. I write it just because I have to write something on each of my … Continue reading 30th Birthday

I was charmed yesterday

I wanted to cry today. Just cry. Not for any particular person or reason. I was charmed yesterday...... damn I hate sequels. Anyways since my friend asked...what happened to the man who charmed me........ I don't know what love is? But I always wanted to fall in love. Wanted to give my everything, from body … Continue reading I was charmed yesterday