A compilation of writings
My writing spans the spectrum of fiction and non-fiction, from short stories, drabbles, interviews, essays and listicles, to poetry, creative non-fiction, and academic articles. Here’s a compilation of various pieces across sport, music, cinema, literature, animals, and a myriad other topics. This is an on-going feature — the compilation will be updated as new write-ups get published.
My journey back to fitness after an accident
August marks four years since the accident — a fall while trekking that resulted in nerve damage to the entire right leg, from hip to foot. It’s a bittersweet month for me; presenting both, a reminder of my life coming to a standstill, and also my slow and steady journey of picking up the pieces and taking tentative steps back to fitness.
As a marathon runner and Odissi dancer, activity has occupied a fair part of my life. Over the years, I’ve also trained in Muay Thai, Capoeira, Karate, and several styles…
Finding solace in a better place
Today marks four years since my accident. It also marks the release of my fourth book. Four years ago I had a fall while trekking, which resulted in nerve damage that brought all my physical activities to a standstill. Unable to move anywhere on account of my right leg being paralyzed from hip to foot, I started a blog and began writing about the things I used to love and do. A way of living the things I loved, even if it meant only expressing them in words rather than action.
Prior to my…
Finding space within an ecosystem
A lazy Sunday afternoon to catch up with some reading, took me to the balcony with my comfy chair, a paperback, and a cup of oolong tea. Nestled among the various potted plants of flowers, fruits, vegetables and herbs, I settled under the sunshine along with my chlorophyll buddies. Setting aside the bookmark and beginning to read, I noticed paws surreptitiously striding across as my cat decided to join us all lounging together.
As the white ball of fur navigated his way through myriad shades of green, pink, red and yellow, my attention was seized…
An introspection of work outside monetary terms
The term ‘work’ is almost always associated with one’s job or career; a way to earn money and maintain a standard of living. When people ask, “What do you do?” the answer that follows is inadvertently about one’s professional life. A closer inspection of the verb “to work” can be interpreted in myriad ways that are not financially bound.
For me, work has always been about working towards something — setting up goals, thinking up strategies, making plans, putting in the effort to overcome obstacles, and achieve what I set out to do…
Some of my earliest memories involve being sprawled on the floor of a local bookstore, surrounded by books, flipping through blurbs and admiring the vividly painted covers, trying to recollect which books I already have, and neatly arranging a pile to take back home. The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine stood proudly on my tiny bookstand as a young reader building her collection, and many books still grace my shelves several decades later.
When the movie Goosebumps released in 2015, I was curious about how the best-selling children’s book franchise of the same name would be re-created by filmmakers. Goosebumps…
As someone who loves to read, there’s nothing I enjoy more than cozying up with a book and hearing firsthand what the author has to say. I always read the book first when I know a movie is coming out, and for films which released while I was too young for the books, I’ve been catching up on my reading over the years. I staunchly support literature and how movies can never do enough justice to the writer’s words. Nevertheless, there are times when movies adapted from books deserve all the accolades coming their way. …
Learning the language of the Earth
Leaves dry up and crumble
Their parched voices
Blanketing terra firma
Silent in death as they’re swept away
Fruit and flower carry seeds
Searching for a crevice to take root
‘We belong’, they holler
As the terrain opens its arms in reply
Baby shoots murmur
A beginning from an ending
New seedlings emerge
Taking their place in the world
The soil sizzles with thanks
Water bringing nourishment
Strength to support life
Petrichor, its return gift
The linguistic proficiency of Spring
As flora and fauna tell us their tales
Reaching up for a handshake with Sunbeam
The firmament says ‘hello’ to its friends below
I stand between ground and sky
Eavesdropping on conversations
Present in the discussion
But still left out
Maybe they’ll teach me
The language of the Earth
Dr. Temple Grandin is a prominent author and speaker, a professor of animal science, an activist and proponent of animal welfare, has an Emmy and Golden Globe award winning movie made on her life, has been featured on Time magazine and Forbes, with several appearances on other forms of media as well. She also didn’t talk until she was three and a half years old, was teased and bullied in school and college, has undergone immense speech therapy from her early years, and was told to be institutionalized for her autism. Her only solace was animals and science.
A sport that keeps you on your feet
With the road for company
Logging mile after mile
Aiming for the finish line
Running shoes swapped for a pen
Pavement exchanged for paper
A blank page to write your story
Instead of run it
Let your mind take you places
Create characters to meet
In lieu of fellow athletes
Let their many traits
Replace the run routes
The end goal the same
To reach the final page
A marathon effort
Isn’t running like writing?
Focus and concentration, one word-step at a time
Isn’t writing like…