Coconutty Questions

It’s soothing to be in this space again. Actually I’ve never perceived this as a ‘space’ before. Like how you don’t realize you’ve been missing somebody till you see them again? I suppose like that I’ve never thought much about when I write on my blogs. Sitting here now in the early hours of the... Continue Reading →

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Still Alive

Amazing isn't it, dear reader that you and I are still alive. Tired Dragging, pulling, almost plowing to get through this week? At one point, I felt as if all the air had whooshed out of me and my lungs were going to pop and splatter all over the place like pink bubblegum. I don't... Continue Reading →

2 Years on Where is Shyamni?

Dear Reader, I had planned a sparkling anniversary post but I must have blinked because I missed the 2-year mark for this blog in April! Time definitely flies. It seems like just last month when I was trying to come up with a name. Only after publishing my 10th post, I realized what a cliché ‘where... Continue Reading →

False Friends

As an on-off English teacher, occasionally in a pre-intermediate class I'd hand out a "False Friends' worksheet. False friends are words or phrases in two languages or dialects that look or sound similar but differ significantly in meaning. It usually ends up being a ridiculously fun task and it is one of the few grammar classes that sticks... Continue Reading →

Fix

Things are not well in Suruj's house. There seems to be a spate of broken occurrences. Cupboard doors are off their hinges. The fridge isn't cooling properly. The 4-month old electric kettle has started to leak. The back door lock gets jammed every once in a while leaving somebody locked out. On Suruj's husband's TV... Continue Reading →

5 Reasons Why A Fijian Should Go To Goa

I am sitting in a rooftop terrace garden sipping coffee. The morning breeze cool, gentle. In a distance I can see the St. Sebastian Chapel amid the swaying palms trees. Strains of Alyssa Mendonsa's soothing Khwabon Ke Parindey fill the air followed by an Enya track. I'm sitting here drinking coffee just how I like it,... Continue Reading →

Perspective

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... Continue Reading →

THE Mount Everest

Every traveler knows that feeling. That hmmm feeling when we finally get to a place. We dream. We research. We plan. We pack. We set out. We slip. We scratch our heads. We smile. We pause. And we pull up. But sometimes when we get there, that's about it. There are no pots of luck, bags of... Continue Reading →

Waiting on the Rains in Kathmandu

I was wrong about 3 things. That Kathmandu was a hilly city on the mountains. It’s in a valley. Kathmandu Valley. Mostly flat, surrounded by snowy mountain peaks. That Nepal and India were the same-same. A bit like saying an Indo descent from Trinidad is the same as an Indian from the motherland. Of course, it’s... Continue Reading →

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