This tenant was supposed to move out last Monday. Having not heard from him by 3pm, I dropped by to ‘just see how he was going’. He was going alright. There was a fully loaded 2 ton truck sitting on the driveway. He asked if he could handover the keys the next day as he had a ‘few loads’ more to go. A text on … Continue reading Something You Should Know Before You Go Travel The World
It was either Technical Drawing or Home Economics. I chose Technical Drawing and like most things in high school, I sucked at it. My lines were wobbly, my text never straight and my circles despite the sharp Staedtler compass set never perfect. When we were past drawing squares and circles, we came to a unit called Perspective Drawings. And for the life of me then, … Continue reading Perspective
I’ve been hogging the same spot in this cafe every afternoon for the past three days. Overlooking the dark waters of Borsola Beel with the afternoon sun streaming in, sipping some very passable cappuccinos and Assam tea. I absently watch the hip and urban of Guwahati stream in and out to the beat of some really good Bollywood indie tunes. Breathing in the familiar scenario, I think … Continue reading What I Forgot About Traveling
“Lady, you live in village…” said the tuk tuk driver while turning another corner as directed. You know I’m in my hood when taxi drivers ask me for directions and Siem Reap and I, have acquainted pretty well in this past one week. He wasn’t wrong. Far from the infamous Pub Street, in the middle of rice paddies and lotus farms, I found a quaint … Continue reading Simply, Siem Reap
Last time I wrote about heading out on the road again, I jinxed it. So this time I made it absolutely bloody sure not so much to even chirr about it till I was well on the way and cruising! Actually I forbade the entire household to speak about it because they could attract negative energies to the trip. If you remember, Suruj and I … Continue reading Woo Me, Asia!
Unless you’re one of those very few people who actually follow my blog, then the only reason you are here reading this post is because you googled “how to take an year off”. I know it’s Friday afternoon and you have two tray-fulls of paperwork to file away, clean up your work station (yes other people can smell that decomposed apple core on your table!) … Continue reading How I Took a Year Off to Breathe…and to Travel!
I got an email from a friend yesterday whose also a regular reader on my blog and she very cleverly wrote ‘Long time no hear – so where is Shyamni these days?” Of course she meant which part of the world I was in but I thought of my initial post. And I realized that I actually hadn’t thought about it for a while. From obtaining … Continue reading 6 Months Later
I sulkily stared out the back window of the air-conditioned car I had hired for the day to Kanyakumari from Kovalam. Because it was a day trip and I wanted to visit the Padmanabhapuram Palace on the way as well, taking public transport was unfeasible time-wise. I was disappointed at how uneventful that leg of the journey was. I mean I was on my way to … Continue reading At the End of the Road
It is nice to occasionally (randomly) get an email or a message from a friend or family whom I haven’t heard from in a while, asking where am I and how’s the trip going etc. Most of the correspondences usually end along the lines of “You are so lucky” “I am so jealous of your photos” and “I wish I was there having fun with … Continue reading What You Don’t See in My Facebook Albums
It’s been almost 10 years since I was here last. And we both have changed. As I got out of the plane, I braced myself for that all familiar smell of paan and urine, one of the first things that hits you in India. But there was none! If the signs didn’t say ‘Welcome to Delhi’ one would think they were at the Singapore or … Continue reading Namaste Delhi